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Cultural Diversity: A Primer for the Human Services

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2010

    Very left

    Depending on your political views and views on current times, you may or may not like this book. It leans far left. Also, it teaches you how to talk to people who are 1st generation in America. If you are dealing with anyone who is 2nd or 3rd, it is insulting. I did not get anything out of this book and my professor even warned us that it was a bit offensive. I'm not sure why it is still part of the curriculum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    I disliked the book from the beginning and wished I didn't have

    I disliked the book from the beginning and wished I didn't have to finish it as one of my required readings. Its use of the term "people of color" implies that white is not a color and the writer makes no effort to understand how that term is offensive to whites. It is an exclusionary term used to ponder to the feelings of one group at the expense of the other group. This creates an "us and not you" attitude. We teach our children that white is a color and when they grow up learn that white is only a color if it’s on a wall, a car, or a dress. "People of color" in its use is nice and respectful toward its recipients and yet the term "whites' or "white people" is almost always used with a negative connotation in books, in the media, and on the streets. "White people are racist". "White people don't understand our plight." And so on. There is extreme stereotyping that whites do not or cannot understand other cultures and that whites have not suffered racial discrimination. To the contrary, I grew up very poor and have been racially discriminated against many times. How about the knockout game? I saw a t-shirt that said, "God created perfection when He created the black woman." Imagine if the word black was replaced with white the uproar we'd hear. The writer states that non-white cultures are "...socially stigmatized..." and yet this very statement stigmatizes whites as the source of the non-white stigmatizing. The writer implies that the whites are not an ethnic group nor do whites have culture. The writer himself stigmatizes, "culturally diverse clients..." by stating that they are, "...especially susceptible, given their more limited knowledge of mainstream culture." Every minority on the planet should be offended by that. The writer states that building trust between one culture and another is, "...not easy." This is not true. All you have to be is sincere. Be yourself. Be respectful. Be fair. That's it. Do those things for each person regardless of race, culture, or ethnic group and you will have good rapport. All ethnic groups deserve to be treated with respect and with fairness, all of them. As I said, I wish I did not have to finish this book.

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