Re: Girl Scout "pluralism"
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Sun, 17 Nov 1996 15:20:32 -0800
> >enlighten me as to what "pluralism" the Girl Scouts are...
> 3.a) the existence within a nation or society of groups distinctive
> in ethnic origin, cultural patterns, religion, or the like b) a
> policy of favoring the preservation of such groups within a
> nation or society
> Sounds like a good idea to me.
(I guess I'm shouting here, but at the IDEA, not the messanger)
Pluralism as stated above is in opposition to every American myth and
cultural thrust. The "Melting Pot" idea is what keeps our doors open to
immigration. We don't want Italians, British or Chinese citizens, but
immagrants who identify themselves as Americans while honoring their
roots. Preserving cultural paterns can be considered a laudable goal
for indigenous groups, but it is destructive to the fabric of our
culture to import islands of other cultures. Show me an expamle of
where this has been successful. I will show you Quebec, Bosnia,
Indonesia and a host of other examples where it wasn't.
I'm a WASP, but share in the energy, stregnth and vitality that all
groups draw from their connection to the past. Identification is good;
preservation, separation or the rejection of socialization to our
culture is dangerious.
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