Monday, July 23, 2007

Being multicultural

Being multicultural means having an understanding and appreciation for more than one culture. Many people have not taken the time to explore the history and ways of life of other cultures. This does not mean you have to travel to another country or look half way across the globe to find it. Right here in America there are a multitude of various cultures.

What do you know about the history and the cultural values of African-Americans or Hispanics? And just saying that you have a black or Latino friend does not count. It’s a feeling deep down, that you have a love and understanding of the underlying values and concepts of the culture. It’s an understanding of why and how they react to their environment and accepting these values and not simply tolerating them. Once this happens, a whole new world opens up and you are able to relate to many more people.

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