During the last century our society, and especially the US, has greatly progressed with regard to protecting ethnic and minority groups. There are laws prohibiting employers’ discrimination during pre-employment testing and further admission process, the ADA Act protects the needs of people with disabilities (Marger, 2008), racial and ethnic minorities have received equal rights for entering universities and colleges, etc. However, strong prejudices still exist in people’s minds and are embedded into the “dominating” culture. I believe that changing the perception of minority representatives as “aliens” and extreme attention to differences between cultures and traditions should be adequately addresses by the government, mass media and educational institutions (Verma & Zec & Skinner, 1994). Also, one idea which is commonly missed when propagating tolerance is that interaction of difficult cultures and traditions should not lead to creation of one global culture. People should be aware of their cultural and ethnic identity, and this is wonderful, since they preserve and develop the inheritance of their ancestors. The interaction of different cultures leads to enrichment of all cultures, and I believe that the aim of anti-discrimination laws and actions should be not to integrate all different social groups, but to help these groups to collaborate, thus creating a new culture of openness and friendship.
Marger, M.N. (2008). Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives. Cengage Learning.
Tischler, H.L. (2010). Introduction to Sociology. Cengage Learning.
Verma, K.G. & Zec, P. & Skinner, G. (1994). The ethnic crucible: harmony and hostility in multi-ethnic schools. Routledge.