The Dream of Diversity
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The paper discusses how the goal of true diversity in America is illusive and wrought with many systemic barriers that find their roots in the early history of the country. The paper explains the propensity of Americans to congregate with people similar to themselves and also highlights the futility of those that espouse diversity from their culturally segregated educational positions. The paper therefore supports the proposition of Americans totally immersing themselves in foreign cultures as a solution to obtaining a truly diverse society.
From the Paper:""The dream of diversity is like the dream of equality. . both are based on ideals we celebrate even as we undermine them daily. . " (Brooks 348) is how the self-proclaimed comic sociologist David Brooks summarizes the state of cultural diversity in America in his Atlantic Monthly article entitled "People Like Us". The stated desire for true diversity is often manifested in a society that is balkanized into socio-economic and ethnic enclaves in spite of the neighborhood's multicultural history. Americans are traditionally more comfortable with like-minded neighbors, and have a tendency to seek each other out when traveling abroad. The only proven workable solution to integrating true diversity into American culture is through instituting a mandatory foreign service "rite of passage" for all American young adults."
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