Cultural Myths' Affect On Racism And Society

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Most people are unaware of the impact that cultural myths have on their lives; however, an examination of Kearney’s text reveals that they play an important role in our lives. Cultural myths can be those thoughts that a group, community, and society believe to be true, but sometimes they are not. For instance, in America one has to work hard and then he/she will get ahead, but that’s not the case in all scenarios. Secondly, the stories about cultural myths have been passed down throughout history. Kearney tells us a story about cultural myths through the film Men in Black, which is about alien activities on earth. During the time of distress, Whites and Blacks, Hindus and Muslims put their differences aside to fight against outsiders.
In the history of the United States there were many conflicts between Whites and Blacks. As a result of slavery, huge conflicts still arise between these two ethnicities. Blacks are treated as minorities, which creates hatred amongst both groups. Despite these conflicts, “what happened between these two ethnicities when the 9/11 terrorist attack occurred?” Kearney argues, “If we were facing an alien threat from outside the world our differences would vanish” (P115). In other words, it is ‘us vs. them’ and these two ethnicities placed their arguments aside and joined hands together to fight against terrorism. Just as people come together in Men in Black to fight against aliens, Americans came together to fight against terrorists. As said in the MIB, “Skrulls hide among us […]”, “and we must expose them all before they attack! We must protect our families - our children; it is us or them” (P114-115). This emphasizes the need for people to put their differences aside and think about protecting their children and families. Thus, after 9/11, the focus tended to be no longer on racial conflicts in America, but aimed more towards terrorism.
Likewise in India, the two major groups, Hindus and Muslims have huge conflicts between them. Although, Hindus are the majority, Muslims feel that since they were born there, they are entitled to the same rights. The main conflict between the two groups is the differences between their religious beliefs. Hindus do not want to abide by Islam because it has many restrictions such as no drinking, smoking, dancing, and lastly, it condemns premarital sexual activity of any kind. For these reasons, Hindus want to live apart from Muslims and fight against them. Many Muslims and Hindus were killed because of the disputes. Of course, each group has its own story concerning these disagreements. Similarly, Whites and Blacks have a wide gap in their cultural myths. The same applies for Hindus and Muslims.
The Bollywood film, Mangal Pandey addresses between Hindus and Muslims. When the British get in the way, these two groups compromise and fight against their occupiers. The British live a high standard of life at the expense of the local people of India. This causes...

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