Diversity is around us everywhere we look, some of us may not realize how important it is to be able to relate to others, even if they are different than us. Those who are different than us may have a different skin color, sexual preferences or speak a different language. The information from this class has shown me how different people can be. I have come to understand people a little better and perceive them differently now after the last nine weeks of class.
I now understand that diversity is all around us. If it was not for diversity we would all be the same. There would never be any challenges in our lives to make us better. When we go through diversity we learn new ways to better ourselves. Growing up, my family wasn’t very diverse. It wasn’t until I was older and married into a family with diversity that I learned and accepted a diverse culture. When I was younger, I thought everything would be easy. I grew up quickly when I turned 18 and became a resident firefighter. I started to look for ways to challenge myself to do better, learn to be a leader and set an example.
In this class, I learned more about my family, myself and my cultural background. My family is Native American. Growing up, my family never really embraced the Native American culture. We never lived on a reservation and the only time we went to the reservation was in July for fireworks. Since becoming older and growing up, I have found to embrace my heritage and be proud of where I have come from. This is one of the reasons that I decided to leave the city police department I was at and start working at a tribal police department. This allows me to help embrace my culture while helping and serving at the same time.
Having the discussion about Christopher Columbus and talking about the Native American’s being forced from their lands and how they were discriminated against because of the differences from the white people. It really made me look at how my ancestors were treated. It also made me question why we still celebrate Columbus Day here in the United States. I think that this holiday should not be celebrated because of this.
I think that with the population of the U.S. and as it continues to grow, by 2050, I believe that there will be a rise with minority classes. As we talked about in class, chances are we will see the white class as no longer a majority race in the United States. Since 2010, there are about 17% of racial minorities that count towards the population, and 16 percent or more were Hispanic. These percentages represent that there are over three out of ten people in the United States and that is without counting the White or foreign Whites. The predicted population from 2010 to 2050 is said to increase from 36 percent to 54 percent in just that short amount of time (Schaefer, 2010).
There will always be challenges in the United States with culture and diversity because there are so many different types of races, beliefs and cultures. There is also the...