What are Diverse Cultures?

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When reading anything, including my own posts, this question will up. It is important to realize now that there is no correct answer and many definitions will work. Overall, there must a sense of inclusion and that own inclusion can change. So it is best when writing a policy to have multiple ideas of diverse cultures in mind to not exclude anyone or have the only correct definition.

My definition of diverse cultures explains diversity as being different than one culture or the combination of all cultures working together in one space. From the words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to create a “single story, show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” This single story represents a one view approach to culture and diversity must have many views. She also explains that “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” In order for diversity to be accepted and to keep to its definition, every story or truth must be completed and shown to exist. If that one story is a half-truth then that must make the other half a lie. From the words of Aristotle, “Rhetoric is useful (1) because things that are true and things that are just have a natural tendency to prevail over their opposites.” Here, a true story can prevail over a lie, however, the whole the completed story must be accessible. No person would say that they understand a whole book if they have just read the first chapter. He continues with “the ‘great’ is that which surpasses the normal, the ‘small’ is that which is surpassed by the normal; and so with ‘many’ and ‘few’.” Great stories must rise above the many to become a few that are the truth. Today, there are so many news articles claiming the truth, but the most diverse article rise to find the truth. Finally, according to President Washington is his Farewell Address, “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” Here, one story, person, or party, cannot exist if there is to be diversity.


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