Essay on u201cThe Cult of Ethnicityu201d - Tanya Santos...

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Tanya Santos1/16/18English 2B, Block 2Essay on “The Cult of Ethnicity”“The Cult of Ethnicity” by Arthur Schlesinger Jr. is an essay about his views on having a multiethnic U.S. society. He talks about the healthy and unhealthy consequences of the cult of ethnicity, but mostly focuses on the drawbacks. He claims that the cult of ethnicity is a reaction to the ideal American society, where one “Eurocentric” American culture exists and old customs and traditions are forgotten. While Schlesinger ultimately claims that the “eruption of ethnicity” is a “superficial enthusiasm”, his assertion is incorrect because what Schlesinger calls the “eruption of ethnicity” is actually the people’s reaction to how minorities are oppressed in American society, where ethnic culture is used as a survival tool and a force against injustice. Schlesinger’s solution to racial and ethnic superiority is found in education. He believes

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