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In recent years multiculturalism tolerance and political correctness have been integrated into how American society thinks America seems to be trying to learn more about the ingredients of her melting pot These efforts can be best understood by examining post-modernism Post-modernism is especially important to breaking down stereotypes such as those that exist surrounding the black family To understand post-modernism we must first understand modernism Modernism is the philosophy that began with the Enlightenment The Enlightenment was an era when science and art flourished European society used the Enlightenment to object to the oppression of the church This era emphasized only those things that are observable or measurable Smith 1995 The scientific method developed at this time became the standard to which everything is measured Modernism although moving away from the confinements of religion was limiting in its own way Post-modernism can be viewed as an expansion of modernism It does not limit the idea of truth to only that which can be observed Post-modernism is all encompassing Post-modernism does not allow for only one definition for anything There are several explanations for phenomena Where modernism emphasizes racial classifications post-modernism emphasizes cultural and ethnic classifications Post-modernism sanctions differences from family to family and person to person within the parameters of one culture This multiculturalism is being used to educate from primary education through higher education In Percival and Blacks study with sixth-graders and multiculturalism they realized that although they were examining a specific Native American tribe stereotypes of that tribe or people can develop 2000 For example all African Americans from the South eat collard greens and corn bread So educating oneself about other cultures cannot be used to generalize to the entire group Post-modernism is thus very important to understanding the concept of a black family Post-modernism reveals that circumstances cannot be explained in one way Modernism has clear procedures and criteria for defining phenomena The question of truth is determined by science
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