African American Culture: Repression, Assimilation, And Compliance To Anglo Saxon Group Norms

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Introduction
In the traditional and nontraditional cultures include similarities and differences that will mirror human behaviors, beliefs, and values. The traditional cultures imbed traditions with social inflicted roles, habits, and ethical restrictions (Shiraev & Levy, 2010). However, nontraditional cultures work towards independence, social accomplishment in roles, and development of awareness (Knick, 2010).
Approximately 35% make up the traditional native culture of African slaves shipped to America (Mintz & McNeil, 2013). The representation of modern African American civilization is demonstrated through repression, assimilation, and compliance to Anglo Saxon group norms and ethnocentrism of native African people. Ibibio groups of Nigeria, is a smaller cultural section of traditional national African tribes. Comparing and contrasting the likes and differences between the traditional and nontraditional cultures is a means of understanding the roots in the identical traditions.
African American and Ibibio cultural values
Since their arrival in the Americas, African-American’s have maintained a strong cultural link to their American past as well as their African descent. These cultural ties are deeply embedded in the African-American culture and are often times passed down through parents and grandparents. This intergenerational transference of African cultural knowledge is thought to be how parents socialize their children. It is also believed that through these interactions with not only parents, but relatives and acquaintances African cultural behavior is taught and reinforced. (Crabbe 2013). Through this Social skill, religious views, Family, work ethic and morals are strongly developed in the African American family. This value system forms the foundation on how a person reacts and behaves to specific situations in their lives and the lives of others.
Even though cultural values are things that can be observed in many cultures, there’s a distinct link between African Americans and African cultures. This has been proven during the time of slavery when the African American family managed to maintain strong bonds even when they were separated by hundreds of miles. Additionally the link between the eldest of the family is profound in both cultures. In Ibibio and African American cultures the eldest member of the family is held in reverence and often time’s makes decisions for the family and guides the members of their family with advice and wisdom. This also translates to the black church and the power it holds over the African-American community. The church and religion is a focal point to both cultures and is seen as a way to socialize with others but also form political foundations for change in the community.
Beliefs of African American and Ibibio Culture
African American culture developed a belief from their ancestors of creating communal harmony and respecting others (Roberts, 2009). This was a core belief that came...

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