Final Project: Diversity in the United States
The United States of America flourishes with a “melting pot” society filled with colorful diversity; a fusion of the globe’s bountiful and various races, cultures, and religions. The United States is a home to all, such that no single group can identify itself more “American” than another. The synthesis of cultures are so beautifully exceptional and so uniquely blended that our nation can be just as proud of their original cultural heritage as they are to be an American.
Since the birth of the United States, we have been a country that is well-known for being a “melting pot” of various cultures, races and ethnicities that share numerous similarities, as well several differences. The differences set between each group have taught me tolerance and acceptance; learning to be accepting to those who are different than you can open countless possibilities. It can open your mind to learning new techniques of thinking, new perceptions of culture, as well as introducing a diverse array of foods common to cultures different than yours. Aside from the differences, another thought that has helped me to better understand to others is to just accept that everyone is different and that you are different yourself, and accept the fact that no one is the same.
During recent weeks, I have been intrigued with learning more about my own ethnicity and cultural history. As a child, my grandmother always said that we were descendants from “black Irishmen.” When I was a child, I imagined my ancestors being African-Americans even though this was not the case at all. After starting this class, I began to do some research on my cultural history and found articles pertaining to the so-called, “black-Irish” my Grandmother always referenced. I found that the term was used to refer to the descendants from Spaniards who immigrated to Ireland in the 1500s. The term “black Irish” was to describe the inherited physical...