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Culture Awareness I was planning to take a leisurely trip this summer but now I think Ill have to change my plans Instead Ill probably have to take a crash course in Sensitivity for the Culturally Unaware Maybe its because I grew up in Chicago perhaps the most culturally diverse city in the country Maybe its because I have a mulatto niece and nephew Maybe its because my cousins last name is now Hernandez Maybe its because my wifes cousin is a Native American Or maybe its because we Poles have borne the brunt of more jokes than any other ethnic group but all this time I thought I was aware of other cultures and the feelings of members of other ethnic groups and minorities Now I guess Im not At least my union newsletterthe BEAMessenger says Im not in an article on multicultural awareness I for one take pride in our nations history in regard to minorities Minority groups founded this nation The religious groups who felt the pressure of persecution in their ho melands came here to begin new livesand eventually a new nation The ethnic groups that came in a great flood of immigrants came to escape the economic oppression of their homelands Those groups too found a way to become part of the American experience They didnt need nor did they demand any laws requiring acceptance into society Kindness tolerance and respect are things that can only be earned not handed down by legislative decree Those things mandated by law never reach into the fiber of our country They never take root in our psyches In fact as we have too often seen legislative decrees that mandate how we should act or feel lead to only more dissension and divisiveness Great strides have been taken on the road to equality Despite claims to the contrary women have more opportunity now to succeed than ever before Today fifty
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