Title: Field Trip
America is sometimes referred to as a 'nation of immigrants' because of our largely open-door policy toward accepting foreigners pursuing their vision of the American dream. In cities across the United States you will find people of every race ethnicity, ethnocultural or cultural group, some more diverse than others. Unfortunately, in some places, we blind ourselves to the richness of what some cultures have to offer?the history, the values?preventing ourselves from experiencing the true joy of knowing the root of humanity as it can be known in any form. Would it be so difficult for us as a nation to open our minds and explore different cultures, understanding each other to the degree that "hate" is removed from the equation?
I live in a town where there are a wide range of cultural, ethnic and ethnocultural groups. There are Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians and African Americans yet even these groups can be subdivided into smaller groups.
For example, there are subcultures of the Caucasian cultures, some of them who are closely tied to their European roots. There are many Asian cultures in the town where I live such as Hmong, Korean and Laotian. And there are also subcultures of the African American population, some whose roots are from the country of Africa some who do not consider themselves African at all, but who call themselves Black and whose roots are from South America.
Regardless of the diverse demographical nature of this town it feels familiar to me because I have lived here for 25 years. Throughout my high school years, I can recall a place where I would drive by, never stopping and never thinking twice about it. It was a part of town close to one of the colleges where we had...