What is Cultural Diversity?

cultural diversityCultural diversity can be an interesting topic to discuss. The idea is that cultural identities should not be ignored, but rather maintained and valued.

However, many people remain opposed to the concept. They believe that focusing on one particular group at a time tends to minimize the accomplishments of other groups. It can also seem that we are “playing favorites” by dedicating a particular month to a certain group.

Even the advocates of getting a cultural diversity education can be unsure how to fairly implement it. To them, it sounds good on paper, but is difficult to put into practice.

Oftentimes, we leave this difficult task up to our local schools and teachers. During February our children will learn about “Black History”, and in March about “Women’s History.” A particular month or week is dedicated to a certain ethnic group or belief.

Yet this can often be as divisive as it is informative. If February is Black History Month, is African American history overlooked during the normal school year? And if African American history is taught every month, do we really need Black History Month?

Some schools take a year-round approach in teaching the history and accomplishments of African Americans. They will also downplay the importance of February, as Black history is covered in every month.

Cultural Diversity in the United States

The United States has changed quite a bit over the last two hundred years. Today, many different ethnic and cultural groups contribute to the values of our society.

It is the position of the African American Center that a year-round approach to teaching our history is ideal. We need to fully recognize that America is great because of the contributions of the many.

Once we do that, then we as a people will be even more united in our common goals, and even more proud to be American citizens. ♦