The Dominant Culture and Diversity
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The writer contends that American culture prides itself on its diversity, but still expects a high degree of conformity. The writer argues that America's dominant culture has destroyed native languages and centuries of cultural and religious traditions. The writer also describes how the dominant culture has affected his/her self-esteem and self-concept. The writer posits that Native Americans may possibly experience the most outsider status of any ethnic or cultural group in the United States.
From the Paper:"A dominant culture can destroy centuries of cultural and religious traditions. I am a Native American but my religion is Catholic because at some point my ancestors converted to the religion of the dominant culture. Only a few people I know can speak a Native American language and I hardly know anyone who speaks their native tongue exclusively. I believe that we should preserve ancient cultures and traditions as much as possible. Once a custom, language, or culture is lost, it is gone forever. History books cannot piece together the elements of a culture in any meaningful way."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Wise, T. (2007). Op-Ed: Assimilation Blues: Immigration and the Dysfunctions of the Dominant Culture. Civil Rights. Retrieved Jan 31, 2009 from http://www.civilrights.org/library/features/op-ed-assimilation-blues.html
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