"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Post Number: 273
|Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 06:37 pm: |
First we have to TEACH the children that there are different cultures, religions, etc.
Don't even get me started on my rant about graduating from high school, and the ONLY countries that are taught about in class are European. Some Latin countries are MENTIONED, but only as it pertained to Spanish history. Africa was MENTIONED, but only as it pertained to Slaves coming from there, and even then, no particular country was named, just the continent. I don't think I ever heard the words "Asia" or "Middle East" the entire time I was in school.
Everything I learned about different cultures, I learned either on my own, or by meeting people from those places.
And then there's the American schools and how they FORCE Christianity on the children, making them exchange Christmas gifts, etc. It would be nice if at least they could mention when it's time for Navatri, HAnukah, Tet, Ramadan, Diwali. Not necessarily promote those holidays, just say, "look, kids, not everyone celebrates Christmas."
And with more nationalities in our schools, it's more important now.
You have no idea how embarrassed I am to introduce friends to each other who are different cultures/nationalities, and the AMERICAN high school graduate will ask something like "Is INDIA in the Middle East?" or ask an African person how many wives they plan on getting. I get offended for my friends, and on top of that embarrassed that we seem so stupid.
So, to answer your question, to learn to live with different people, first we have to learn who the different people are, instead of just lumping them into the "them vs. us" categories that we usually do, and learn to appreciate that they have things going on in different places that doesn't have to always involve the US and Europe.
It's kind of hard to get along with Ugandans, or Zimbabweans, for example, when for most of your life, they didn't exist to you.
But, that's part of the brainwashing that we're going through. APART from skin color, do you know why British, Italians, Greeks, etc., don't receive such discrimination? We KNOW them, we know their habits, their language, etc. We've incorporated their foods, languages, etc., into our daily lives. Even BLACK people accept these people.
On the other hand, a Ugandan, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, or Cameroonian could come here and are discriminated against EVEN BY COLORED PEOPLE because we don't know them, we know nothing about their culture, their language, their foods. Heck, we don't even know where the hell their countries are located. In every way possible, they ALIEN to us.
Well, that's my rant.