Diversity: The Role Of Oppression In Society

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Chapter 2 was very interesting. It discusses oppression, and the undesirable feeling it brings to members within a society. To be more specific, Webster-Dictionary defines oppression as cruel or unjust treatment (Merriam-Webster, 2016). People who experience oppression within society, are known as minorities. These individuals are less in numbers, and unlike the mainstream population, they are very much misunderstood. These individuals lack power, henceforth they are dominated by the majority. The majority in this case is “white Europeans”, who have established that the minorities are individuals dissimilar from them. But, looking at the big picture, the text pointed out that white Americans will soon be the “numerical minority”. So will they as well experience repression, and be considered the powerless? However, as one ponders on the term “minority”, he or she can conclude from the text that less will be done to eliminate equality If society continues to use terms such as minority and diversity. As a matter of fact, the text suggested that the term diversity is too broad. As we all are dissimilar in ways, society will continue to overlook certain groups suffering from oppression, due to people being considered the cultural minority because of common interest such as characteristics and race. Perhaps if the term minority is dismissed, people could be seen for who they are, and not distinguish from what is considered to be the mainstream. To be honest,…show more content…
We as individuals have to familiarize ourselves with people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Once this is achieved we can then begin to help people, because we are truly aware of their needs. As we look at Saint Leo Core Values we can conclude that dignity and respect play a vital role in dismissing inequality. Having respect for others implies treating individuals equally, and communicating in ways that will help to build a healthier
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