The Multicultural Riddle: Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identities

The Multicultural Riddle: Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identities

The Multicultural Riddle: Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identities

The Multicultural Riddle: Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identities

Synopsis

The Muticultural Riddle is a comprehensive exploration of all the issues that shape our search for a multicultural society.

The book examines how we can establish a state of justice and equality between and among three groups: those who believe in a unified national culture, those who trace their culture to their ethnic identity, and those who view their religion as their culture. To solve the multicultural riddle, one must rethink national identity, ethnicity and the role of religion in the modern world. In this rethinking a new concern with the meaning and making of culture emerges.

Excerpt

So I say to you, my friends, that even though we must face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed—we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal…. I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by content of their character. I have a dream today!… I have a dream…that one day, right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today! (King [1963] 1968, 16-17)

Martin luther KING’S vision of a future without ethnic or cultural discrimination is rightly regarded as programmatic for the past thirty years and the next fifty. Its sentiments have been echoed in dozens of struggles across the globe to obtain equality for all, regardless of ethnic, cultural, or religious differences.

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