Advantages of Multicultural Society and Labor Force The transformation of the United States into a Multicultural society did not happen overnight. However, the concept of equal treatment or any subordinate ethnic groups attempt at advancement and integration if it was not assimilation were met by stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. In every scenario from each Ethnic groups story reviewed, between chapters 6-14 of Racial and ethnic groups, whether it was about the Native Americans genocide, the African Americans civil rights or the Jews migration and the anti-Semitism they faced, the background story remains the same.
The positive side is that with time things do change and as more researchers, writers, teachers, and Politian’s persist to bring national and global attention to these inequalities U. S. society has been forced to change in various areas, the work force being one of the biggest areas. Stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and other racial labeling are used to identify each minority ethnic group and given names like Culture and Ethincity. Ethnic groups are categorized by a name, a Race, as if there physical appearances were not enough to set them apart from one another, thus labeling their identity.
Labeling an ethnic groups identity with Stereotypes encourages an unreliable, exaggerated generalization about all members of the group that do not take individual differences into account (Schaefer, 2011). For instance, Surveys show a complex view in the United States of Arab and Muslim Americans. One in four people believe that Islam teaches violence and hatred. (Schaefer, 2011). Or David Riesman’s phrase Gook syndrome, describing Americans’ tendency to stereotype Asians and to regard them as all alike and undesirable (Schaefer, 2011).
But regardless of how accurate or inaccurate the stereotypes may be, when applied by people in power, they can have a very negative consequences for the people or groups indentified (Schaefer, 2011). In turn these stereotypes manipulate how people feel about groups identified and affect how those identified feel about themselves they also influence how they interact with others (Schaefer, 2011). In spite of the negative consequences of stereotyping U. S. society continues to view itself fit to retain the special right to define what society values.
The beliefs of the social concept Race are based on the idea that humankind can be divided into distinct groups (Schaefer, 2011). Unfortunately placing people in distinct groups or Race categories opens the door to racism. Its called Racism when beliefs are coupled with the feeling that a certain group or races are superior to others (Schaefer, 2011). For example, the European settlers to North America felt they were superior to the indigenous people already settled in America which led to acts of violence, distrust and hatred among the now call American Indians. he removal westward of Native Americans were economically motivated (Schaefer, 2011). In today’s society economic motivation is still just as important and possibly one of the main driving forces for society’s decline in prejudice and discrimination claims. Since America is only becoming more diverse the need to acknowledge and enforce equal and fair treatment for minority ethnic groups will continue to become more of a focus in the future not just because it benefits the economy but hopefully because society will see it’s the right thing to do.
Since the abovementioned are all negative constructs developed by the thinking patterns an early US society and passed down through generations it’s made it appear that inclusion with a multicultural society is a bad thing and an idea to fight against However, having a multicultural society and labor force can boost America’s economic performance on national and global levels. By having a variety of skills and experiences available to choose from allows our communities and country to stay flexible in adapting to unpredictable markets and the demands of our multicultural consumers.
So as society’s values are forced to adjust to our every changing domestic demographic programs like Affirmative Action and policies like the Equal Employment Opportunity policy have had to be created to help ensure workforce can achieve equality through outreach and remove barriers in hiring and prevent employment discrimination, sadly even with the creation of such programs and laws managing this diverse labor force and society still needs allot of attention.