ETHNICITY AND DIVERSITY 1
Identify five facts about our history of diversity that were new to you. Do you feel that you should have had an opportunity to learn about this history before now? In what grade and or setting? From whom?
The majority ethnic groups in the Middle East are the Arabs who sharethe same history and spoke Arabic as their first language. Some ofthe facts new to me on the history of diversity of the Arabs includethe fact that conquests made major contributions to the cultures ofthe Arabs today, especially the Muslim Arab conquests whichestablished an entity. Additionally the fact that Arabs of theMiddle East did not all follow the same religions is new to me. Thismeans that though they are all Arabic they have different religiousviews. However, most of them are Muslims. In my view, the currentgeneration should have had opportunities to learn about their historyof diversity while they were young. They should have been taught bytheir elders and in their younger ages.
Students often feel that people make too big of a deal about diversity. They feel that if we leave students alone, diversity will take care of itself. Do u agree with this sentiment? Given our history with race and ethnicity and other forms of diversity, are you confident that young people will get it right and diversity in the 21st century will just happen so that fairness prevails?
Diversity should not be taken for granted or misinterpreted. I feelthat diversity should be celebrated because it makes the worldbeautiful. I do not agree with the sentiments that diversity shouldbe left alone to be, instead it should be preached so as to passknowledge on to the current and future generations about theirorigins and embrace one another. Fairness can only prevail if weembrace what we are, we are all different in a unique way thusknowing one another is crucial.
Does your school have a statement on its diversity mission or goals? Do you find this statement compelling in light of the historical perspectives on diversity presented in this chapter? How would you redefine the mission statement to be more compatible with your perspectives? Think about why diversity would or would not be integral to this new mission.
A mission statement should follow the current times. We are differentin terms of races and ethnic groups, a mission statement thatincorporates all is crucial. I would change the school missionstatement to be more compatible with the diversity in ethnicity thatthe school is made of.
We have suggested that the black- white situation may be similar to other race/ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation situations. Explain why you agree or disagree.
The black and white situation is the same as other race or gendersituations, this is because they both raise the same concerns ofdiscrimination. In both situations, one element is usually underminedthus appearing to be of less importance. These situations elicitcharacteristics of inhuman nature.
To what extent do you think racial or ethnic groups display the same forms of bias against each other? Why do u think it occurs?
Discrimination happens when persons who are different in a certainway tend view each other as lesser human beings. They tend tomistreat the minorities and demean them. Biasness happens when acertain race or ethnic group beliefs and actions culturally differespecially based on colour, origin and so on.
Identify any stereotypes with which you are familiar and describe the group to which they have applied and why you think they originated. What do you think would change such stereotypes, both culturally and in your own mind?
Stereotyping is a way of generalization of certain people of acertain race or origin which may lead to discrimination orstigmatization of those people. For instance stereotyping preventsdiversity of the cultures in the same location. This creates dislikesamong those people, for example, blacks are stereotyped because oftheir abilities to run. This has led to overgeneralization in thatall black people are athletics which is ultimately not true.
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