Prejudice is prevalent in the American society. Despite the factthat America is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-racialcountry, society is divided into groups of people from differentraces, ethnicities and cultures. As a result, the country lackssocial harmony that makes it impossible for all sectors of communityto succeed. In the following discussion, the essay outlines the stepsthat society and individuals should take to promote social harmonyand create an environment, where all members of society can thrive.
Steps to Promote Social Harmony
One of the steps entails the creation of a workplace environment thatis diverse. Many companies have a lower representation of workersfrom minority groups, specifically African Americans and Hispanics.Lopez-Littleton notes that minority societies “lack access toresources and opportunity, created by racial and economicsegregation” (par. 3). Such segregation enhances the likelihoodthat individuals from ethnic and racial minority groups are deniedsimilar employment opportunities as whites. Companies should focus onincreasing and improving diversity in the workplaces by hiringqualified employees from minority groups. By doing so, it becomespossible to put an end to the “institutionalized systems ofsegregation and inequality” (Lopez-Littleton par. 6). Hence, as theworkplace environment becomes diverse, individuals from all sectorsof society are able to work together. Such diversity promotes socialharmony and guarantees that all individuals become successful.
Another step involves society working towards reforming America’seducation system. Narendran notes that “education is the key toachieving harmony in any society” (par. 7). Education is aimed atenlightening people about their cultural heritage and how toappreciate the cultures of others. Its purpose is to instill ethicalvalues in people, so that they are able to respect each other andlive harmoniously. However, “modern education has created a societyin which competition and conflict are in-built and selfishness andself centeredness are virtues” (Narendran par. 14). It is apparentthat the current education system has produced a society where,people are more concerned about their wellbeing as opposed to thewelfare of society as a whole. As a result, the U.S. education systemshould be reformed to ensure that people are taught ethical values.By doing so, it becomes possible to create a society where people arenot self centered, but concerned about the success of society ingeneral.
In addition, the American education system should be reformed toensure that children from all sectors of society have equalopportunity to quality education. According to Lopez-Littleton, manyAmerican children from the minority group “find themselves isolatedin segregated neighborhoods, by race and poverty” (par.3). Suchsegregation limits their ability to get access to quality educationthat is easily accessible to children from other wealthy communities.Thus, the children are incapable of escaping from the conditions thatenhance their level of poverty and inability to succeed later inlife. By ensuring that education is fair and equally accessible forall American children, it becomes possible for children from minoritygroups, to gain skills that will enable them compete for the sameemployment opportunities as children from wealthy communities.Therefore, equal opportunity to quality education creates anenvironment where all members of society can prosper.
Equal infrastructure development all over America is an effectivestep towards promoting social harmony. Many Americans are able tobenefit from properly developed infrastructure, like housing. It isespecially the case for civilians living in affluent and urbanregions. On the other hand, “for the increasingly diversecommunities that are quickly becoming the majority in America,communities that are also disproportionately low income,infrastructure is often shaky” (Center for American Progress55). Most low income neighborhoods are characterized by “streetspitted with potholes, sidewalks that are cracked and uneven, watermains are rusting, and park structures are dilapidated” (Centerfor American Progress 55). It is evident that there areinfrastructural deficiencies is communities where colored peoplelive. Such deficiencies are attributed to years of discriminatoryhousing development in minority societies. Society, especiallypolitical leaders, should ensure that equal infrastructuredevelopment is achieved in all sectors of society. Thus, it becomespossible for individuals from minority communities to benefit frominfrastructure developments accessible to individuals in urban andwealthy regions. As a result, people from different communities areable to live harmoniously, as those from low income regions do notfeel discriminated against, in regard to their infrastructure.
A different step that can be used to promote social harmony isencouraging Americans to engage in entertaining activities.Entertainment is an effective way of bringing people from differentcultures, ethnicities and racial backgrounds together. For instance,society can organize events where individuals are allowed to showcasetheir arts and cultures. Such events have been successful in othercountries, like Singapore, where an arts and culture event isorganized with the objective of integrating new civilians (Ismailpar.1). Entertainment creates an opportunity for people to celebratetheir cultures and at the same time appreciate different cultures. Aspeople get to learn about the different cultures and arts in America,they are able to tolerate each other and live in harmony.
Protecting the freedom to worship is another step that Americansshould take to promote social harmony. America is a liberal societyand civilians enjoy their freedom of worship. However, somecommunities, like American Muslims are unable to worship freely.Naqvi explains that “being Muslim in America means being treated asoutsiders despite our communities having played a part in shapingthis nation early on” (par. 2). Muslims are discriminated against,due to the widespread Islamic phobia in America that makes itdifficult for them to access similar opportunities as Americans fromother religions. Once the freedom to worship for all Americans isprotected, individuals become more tolerant towards the differentreligions in the country. Consequently, this ensures that allindividuals are able to thrive.
An additional step to promote social harmony is the use ofcelebrations to bring Americans together. Celebrations are mainlyheld between people from the same race, ethnicities and cultures.Society can organize celebrations that include all members ofsociety. Such celebrations can be held during national holidays. Thecelebrations bring together individuals from all sectors of societyand ensure that they are able to commemorate together. As such,people from different races, ethnicities and cultures are able tointeract and share ideas, which promote the success of all members ofsociety.
The American society comprises of individuals from different races,cultures and ethnicities. However, prejudice is common in America,specifically towards minority societies. Prejudice restricts socialharmony and the success of some members of society. The steps thatshould be taken to promote social harmony include creating aworkplace environment that is diverse, reforming America’seducation system, promoting equal infrastructure development, likehousing, encouraging Americans to engage in entertaining activities,protecting the freedom to worship and the use of celebrations tounite Americans.
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