Paper I wrote on; Pressure for Unification in North America
North America has had pressure for years to blend all of its different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Throughout history North America has always had a huge diversity of different people. Lots of people living in all parts of North America want all of these differences to mix together, while the minorities are pushing to keep their uniqueness. An example of this, in Canada, is the confrontation between the Native Americans and the government. Through the Indian Act, Bill C-31, and many other legal documents the Native Americans feel that they are being pushed into the common culture of North America.
Unification of a country has many positive and negative sides. The blending of cultures, beliefs, traditions, and customs would undoubtedly lower the problems with racism and oppression. If more people believed in the same things there would be less room for difference, which would eliminate the possibility of minority or majority groups. If everyone’s values were the same, discrimination wouldn’t pass on. As well neutralizing differences, the diffusion of cultures creates more creativity. When given the chance to cross blend different ways of life, new products appear. This would, and does create religions, traditions, sports, companies, and many other culturally appealing and attractive alternatives.
Although this seems appealing, you have to take the time to acknowledge the point of view of the minority groups. The thoughts of many Native Americans is that “Indians think it is important to remember, while Americans believe it is important to forget.” Many of these people feel that their ways of life are being pushed out of history, and forced to be forgotten. It is so important to Native Americans to gain back the rights and freedoms that they once had to live and practice the traditions they believe in. They feel that they are not the same as the majority Americans, and they don’t want to be. Unification would not only bring them further from there heritage, it would also force them closer to the customs of American life.
With this being said, I think it is safe to say that the discussion of unification in North America is one that would have both strong positive and negative followers. People from all different ethnic backgrounds would have various opinions, and this topic wouldn’t be completed in a debate. Watching the transitions in North American life brings you to see that this unification and diffusion is already happening among us, and many other countries in the world. It seems to be fully in progress, and stopping it would impossible.
Allen, P.G (1992). Pushing up the Sky , p 208-221
Anderson, K (2000). A Recognition of Being, p.116-153, 223-225
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