American Multiculturalism

America is a country viewed as a melting pot of different cultures. It practices multiculturalism where different ethnic groups with distinct culture live harmoniously with each other under the American flag. Unlike territories, culture has no boundaries and therefore easily overlapped or in some cases assimilated.

Constitutional Manifestations of Multiculturalism

1. Federalism

With this structure of government, each of those independent states has the potential of retaining their cultures and any laws that are related to it. While different states may have different stand or perception over a certain matter, federalism has provided a venue for exercising their rights without contradicting others.

Despite the cultural differences, each state can still coexist to form a country. It can also be considered as unity from diversity. Some federal laws, for example, are enforced differently among independent states, allowing their local laws into effect as long as there will be no contradictions from federal laws.

2. Freedom of Religion

This has been one of the basic rights that need to be respected and protected. Along with these different religions are different religious cultures. Each should be exercised freely without persecutions. The constitution has made sure that religion and religious practices are to be treated equally.

One common example is the practice of religious festivities. Policies are enforced to treat all ceremonies and traditions with equal importance to others. Even if there is a major religion in the area, minor religions are still encouraged to thrive.

3. Freedom of Expression and Economic Liberty

The government has provisions for the protection of property, freedom of movement and action. When immigrants settle in the country, they tend to live near to whom they have culturally identified. At their discretion, they can speak their own language to one another. They can even establish businesses that will cater the needs of their fellow immigrants. Likewise, political movement related to different cultural standpoint shall be carried on without prejudice.

4. Parental Rights

The role of parents to convey and preserve culture is undeniably great. There are laws that protect them in exercising these rights to their children. Although parental rights are not absolute, they remain a solid foundation when in terms of molding the new generation. They are the first line of defense in preserving cultural imprints. Thus, a child grows with cultural preference because of upbringing and community influence.

Benefits of Multiculturalism

 

1. It increases minority member’s happiness

Democracy is not equated to conformity. Although in this type of government the majority’s will is the basis of decision-making, the voice of the minority is still considered and protected.

2. An Avenue to Search the Truth

Diversity, in most cases, results to wide spectrum of options that tend to compete with one other. This becomes an experiment of ideologies where improvement can be further achieved.

3 . Source of Invaluable Citizens

During the World War II, people that have the biggest contribution to America’s success are the people who have been exiled from Europe. They were drawn because of the country’s tolerance in cultures and beliefs.

4. Source of Knowledge

Assimilation of cultures results in answering the challenges of an evolving society. It is comparable to the development of “alloy,” a mixture of metals that resulted in a material of much superior quality.       

 

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