Sociology

Supporters of multiculturalism argue that it helps us come to terms with our diverse present and strengthens the academic achievement of African-American children. Some call for Afrocentrism, the dominance of African cultural patterns in people’s lives. Opponents of multiculturalism argue that it encourages divisiveness rather than unity. We need one culture, one language etc. Which view do you think makes more sense? Why?

Can someone help where to start with this.

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  1. Thank you that really helps.

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  2. We've always had a multicultural society. In colonial times, we had immigrants from several European countries all with their own languages and cultures. Benjamin Franklin published the country's first German-language newspaper in 1732. Slaves from Africa also brought their own cultures and languages that added to our pre-Civil War multiculturalism. Later, immigrants from eastern Europe and Asia added to our "melting pot."

    Today, multiculturalism is even more important as the Internet, international business, and fast jet planes brings the entire world closer together. Look at where our electronics and clothing are made. Look at our favorite foods -- Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Soul, Middle-Eastern, etc. It's a poorly educated high school graduate who hasn't at least studied a foreign language. And why not celebrate Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, and Kwanzaa, as well as the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Halloween? Can we ever have too many holidays?

    Opponents of multiculturalism fear the intrusion of "foreigners" and bristle when they hear foreign languages spoken in their neighborhoods. They resent having government documents and signs printed in other languages.

    Obviously I favor multiculturalism.

    What do you think?

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  3. Thank you that's really great.

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  4. You're welcome. Good luck on your essay!

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