Modern Day Cultural Coflicts

Modern Day Cultural Conflicts
Destiny Robinson and Morgan Dawson
Delcastle Technical High School

“You have to taste a culture to understand it.” Deborah Cater said it best. But, what does it mean to “taste” a culture? To some it may be literal, as in eating food from other cultures. But to most, it means to experience that culture, to live it. Although it can be very easy to understand how someone’s culture works, it is even easier to completely not care and just go by what you’ve heard. This can create a cultural conflict. Cultural conflicts mainly occur because of people’s ignorance of other’s cultures. These ignorances transpire because of stereotypes, the way people are raised, racial diversity, and religion.

What exactly are stereotypes? Stereotypes are widely held but fixed and oversimplified images or ideas of a particular type of person or thing. There have always been stereotypes, and all races have them. Blacks are ghetto, Asians are smart, Whites are proper, etc. These stereotypes don’t have to be true, but because others don’t know better, they spit out these hateful stereotypes. Sometimes, though, people use these to insult others. An example of stereotyping because of ignorance is in the story “By any other name”. In this story the new English teacher puts all of the Indian children in the back of the classroom because “Indians are cheaters”. (Rau, 2014). The other reasoning for stereotyping is to insult. In the film “Bend it like Beckham” there was an incident where this happened. During a Futbol game, another player on the other team called Jess a “Paki”. She was angered by the comment and started a fight. (Chadha, 2002). This can be very angering, being called something that represents your race in a negative way can make anyone upset. There is a way to stop stereotyping in future generations: raising them so that they don’t know about stereotypes. This can help stop stereotyping for the future.

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