There are many different ethnic groups in the world. We can all learn something new from each one of the ethnic groups.
Our race does not completely make up who we are. It has some influence as we may follow some of our cultural traditions. How we are raised, who we learn from and who we spend much of our time with is what mainly helps to make up who we are. For example, if you hang around with friends that get into trouble frequently, down the road do you think you will get into trouble? Probably. We all know the saying "guilty by association." Even if you are not a troublemaker, but you spend a lot of time with troublemakers, you will soon see your reputation as a person start to change in other people’s eyes. We usually share the same beliefs and values with the people we become friends with. If we hang around racist people, most likely we will hear it enough and find ourselves thinking and saying some of the same things.
People need to keep an open mind and only judge people for their personalities and deeds they have done, do not throw race into the mix.
There are so many ethnic groups in one area. For instance, did you know that the Philippines has many ethnic groups? Besides having different ethnic groups, the Philippines has a sub-list of groups. You will find the Visayan ethnic group to the Ilocano ethnic group to the Tagalog ethnic group, etc.
In the United States of America which is named "the melting pot" you will find Hispanic ethnic groups, Black ethnic groups, Caucasians ethnic groups, etc.
Each ethnic group brings something to the table so to speak. We can all learn something from each other. Instead of jumping to conclusions and prejudices, we should embrace our differences. We should try to understand and learn about each other’s cultures. Think of all of the fascinating things we could learn. We may even adopt some of each ethnic group’s culture traditions.
If your neighbor is of another ethnic group or someone you work with or go to school with, sit down and get to know him or her. Really listen. You may find that you enjoy getting to know other folk’s culture. You may also find that you have made a new really good friend.
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By: Lisbeth Salander
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