Explain why cultural diversity is important in a college education.

Essay by Ben BuffingtonHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 1996

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Explain why cultural diversity is important in a college education.

I come from a small town. Hannibal, MO, the boyhood home of Mark

Twain, is described its claim to fame as "a sleepy town drowsing." Most surely he

has never been more accurate, for this small enchanted river town has never

awakened total equality.

It is a town full of ignorance, where nobody has ever thought twice of

sharing and spreading their sly comments and idiotic judgements to anyone and

everyone who will listen, and most people do. It is a town where fathers, mothers,

brothers, sisters, and grandparents teach their kids to "ignore those no-good

niggers," stay away from those "half-breeds" and give hell to anyone "nigger-lover"

who refuses to believe the truth. It sickens me.

Last year, we had an issue to address at our school. It later became known as

The Cowboys vs. The Blacks, and never has our school been more involved.


newspapers screamed of the hate, violence, and threat of gangs that were corrupting

our schools; the halls rang with the lastest gossip on the next big showdown. This

problem slapped a school full of apathetic kids into a lively bunch ready to get

involved. Involved in what? A controversy that all had opinions on, but how could

you not have an opinion? It was the talk at all of the dinner tables, bars, and stores

in town. Kids went home scared of the racial tension. Parents whined and cried of

violence in the school.

The parents whined and cried, and at the same time forgot to remember that

it was they, not the kids, who had taught the very prejudices that were "disrupting

the education process." My opinion is simple and elementary: Children are not

born to hate others, they must be...