Nope. We definitely should not do that. As a culturally diverse country and one that is continuing to be diverse with everything else in the world that is bringing people here like refugees searching for safety, the last thing we should be doing is telling people to speak only English. We should accommodate to other languages and not only that, but we should start enforcing students starting in elementary school to learn other languages aside from English–It would help a lot of the ignorance that is in the country if they know something outside of their realm in my opinion. We’re one of the only countries that don’t do that, and that seems super arrogant to me.
I haven’t started my service learning yet, but I have talked to Ella in class about getting on her craft project as well as with Because He First Loved Us reps, so I think they’ll probably be my main source of volunteering (Can we do 2 groups like this?). I’m excited about it but am also nervous because I want to be as much help as I can to them, but I’m worried I won’t be able to do as much as I would like to.
This week’s video, Babakieueria, helped me to notice things that I usually don’t about my privilege. As a white woman, I know I am privileged and know it is up to me in part to help those that are not privileged because I can. However, there are things (perhaps only to me/the privileged) that I didn’t notice until presented in the video. One was the incessant “helping” the privileged were trying to do that wasn’t really necessary. There are lifestyles that minorities live in and everyone tries to pity them, but the video emphasized it is how many are comfortable. But nobody bothered to ask. They want only to “help” get out of it. Another piece I found interesting was the statement that the underprivileged just need to commit their values to the privileged. That if they try hard enough they can “fully join society.” That was a major eye-opener for me. Many people around me believe that idea too, that if you’re in US, you must act like it to be welcomed. That’s so wrong.
From chapter 3, the section on communication competence was new to me, but it also seemed familiar as I’ve seen in it my own and others’ lives. One part states that an exchange is successful when, “goals are accomplished in a manner that is both expected and accepted in that given social context.” Although this is essentially a definition, it stuck out to me. The idea that it must not only be expected but accepted to be completely successful seems much larger than I thought most social exchanges are.
Chapter 4’s Four Uses of the Culture Concept was all interesting, but the part that stood out most to me was the section on the evaluative concept. The section discusses the idea that values are seen as lower in value or less good than others within a culture; I guess I’ve always seen this in smaller cultures, but I never thought of it on a larger scale other than religion. But if I take Provo for example, many people within the culture think lesser of people who do not adhere to the Mormon values. Even some who are not members do this. So to see that it extends past one, two, or even three smaller cultures to a bigger spectrum is fascinating to me.
So I’m Emily. I’m 20 and a senior going into journalism. I come from a really great family; I never know where to say I’m from because I moved a lot, but I typically will say Las Vegas as I spent a lot of my childhood there. Writing and going to concerts are some of my favorite things to do–a lot of people tell me the two don’t match, as one is extrovert and one is introvert, but all the same.
The activity we did to see how we would feel in specific situations was a major eye opener to me, and not necessarily in a negative way. My family is really conservative, and I’ve never really related to that, but something about this activity made me realize I am a lot more openminded than I thought; however, I am also more paranoid than I thought I was. Although I want to help or speak or engage with other cultures, I find myself becoming anxious about it.
I, along with the majority as it seems, agree there is a combination of good and evil regarding the nature of human nature, but I think I’m more in the place of how it was before it began shifting to more punishment, less rehabilitation. There has to be a balance of the two to be a successful society.