NEW INTRUDERS: WHY WE ARE OPPOSING TO NEW NORMS

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“The new, new.”


the introduction of 

America is a society where we are quite apprehensive to change in the beginning stages of anything new. But then enough time goes by and we start to have a push back once we see people’s lives affected. And that is when he change starts to happen. We don’t notice it because we are living in real time, but after 50 years or even 100 years it all makes sense. Then we look back and say to ourselves, “I can’t believe people use to fight over that type of stuff.” But real time, we tend to fight over everything. Why are we so aggressive when it comes to introducing new norms into our world? A lot of it has to do with a status quo. We are a status quo species.

easy peezy

Once there is a way of life that one is used to living, then we go, ok this makes sense. But the problem is, there will always be a disenfranchised group of people. We look at them initially and say, really, come on, we’re going to introduce this into society. We are used to things going well with the way they are now. So why must things change. Now I have to get used to a whole new way of life. It becomes stressful o have to go through all this. Especially if you are older and used to the way life is as you know it. The new way now means everything you once knew in your life means nothing anymore. And if you are 20 years old that’s fine, but what about 50 years old? That can be a major culture shock.

get over it, you can’t stop it

Hey people, you want to stop things from happening, you fight, well guess what, get over it. You will have a hard time keeping things the same as generations continue to change. So you will either be forced to change or be weened out of existence. Understand that things are changing and you have no control. So you can fight and watch yourself push back or you can learn to adjust.


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CULTURE CONFLICTS: WHEN BORN INTO TWO, ONE USUALLY WINS

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“One wins,the other loses.”


best of both worlds

What happens when you grow up in a biracial household and you are introduced into to different cultures? Well, what usually happens is that you find yourself having to figure out two paths to navigate. And the ultimate reality is that you usually grow up and choose one of the cultures over the other. It is not because you don’t respect the other culture, it’s just that one typically resonates over the other. Something you get that is coming from one usually feels more connected to where you are going in life, or the culture is more symbolic to you. Meaning, if you grow up in a household where one parent is Jewish and the other Hindu, rarely do both hold weight into adulthood. You will be both, but you may choose to practice one over the other is an adult.

wanting to keep it in-house

A lot of people would prefer their children to keep the culture within the realm of their own people. And the reason being because it is too easy to lose the identity of a people. And marrying someone of another culture could easily cause that to happen. Meaning, if I as an African American marry someone Chinese, that child typically will choose one over the other as an adult. And that choice is the defining moment of what will happen to the history of that group from there on out. Because let’s say that kid chooses to marry Chinese, then the connection by the time my grandchild comes along is lost forever to Black people. And from this people tend to b protective of their cultures.

in a shrinking society

What will happen the more America becomes this biracial melting pot that it is becoming? For starters the physical embodiment of the country will change. But another thing that will take hold is the conservative landscape that has made America what it is will start to diminish as well. So the relationships may sound like ti could be better because we are slowly becoming more of one nation. But the problems surmount because new boundaries and alliances could form. So the change could be something that could help the culture of hurt the future.


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THEY WILL KEEP IT GOING: HOW CULTURE CARRIES INTO THE NEXT GENERATION

Children Wearing Yellow and White Traditional Costumes and Dancing

“Teach them well.”


pass it on to them

When you are young, and come from certain cultural backgrounds, parents like to instill at an early age cultural awareness to children. An identity that have kept a group of people alive for a very long time. And all the parent want to really do is make sure the longevity of that cultural appreciation and love is maintained. So the next generation is always the key to making sure that culture is sustained. Otherwise, it is very easy to lose that identity and then what you have is hundreds, if not thousands of years of heritage gone forever. And always remember, the people in power can always have the ability to rewrite history once it is lost.

blended cultures

What happens once the next generation blends in with another group of people? Then what you have is the choice to either forgo one of the cultures or try practicing both. And the one that is the more dominant seems to always take over and replace the other. Or in the case of immigrants coming to America, they are seeing there cultures diminish because the American culture is more of what they live. Now what you have is the identity of the group lost so that the kid can have a better life in this country. The only thing is, are you prepared to sacrifice identity for a better career? Because that could potentially happen once the kid is brought to this country.

they care when we care

If parents are not interested in the identity of the kid, what will the kid do about it? And the answer is nothing. The culture is only as important as the parent that take the time out to teach them. Because it’s very rare that the kid will reach out and want to get to know about their culture without the parent expressing much interest. Children don’t just ask their parents where they come from. Children just grow in a society in which they live. So the priority must come from the ones that are raising them.


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