polisci 4 - Several decades ago, the ideal normal human was...

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In this essay, I will argue that multiculturalism is best defined as the accommodation of differences, the recognition of the plurality of identities and rejection of exclusion, assimilation, marginalization and silencing. Traditionally, the norm of a citizen was based on characteristics such as heterosexual, physically and mentally functional, and white. In recent years, such norms shifted to the measurement of one’s wealth. Therefore, I want to question and show that these norms are outdated and the idea of multiculturalism protects and benefits minorities and immigrants. However, more groups are demanding their citizenship to be more inclusive. As well, in the light of the establishment of a national identity, group specific rights should be justified. Multiculturalism is the solution to deep-seeded conflicts between cultures that embody dissimilar values. The attempt to create universal norms by publicly endorsing and defending different cultures inevitably leads to peace.
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Unformatted text preview: Several decades ago, the ideal normal human was white, male and heterosexual. And today, a normal citizen is anyone we see down the street. They could be men or women, homosexual or heterosexual and white or black. Physically we are all different. But we could still embody the same beliefs. For example, a woman can be a Liberal or a Conservative. An African Canadian can believe in Christianity or Hinduism. This proves that not all women have to believe in a certain thing just because they are women. Multiculturalism in a democratic nation celebrates individual or collective autonomy. No longer are individuals separated by the color of their skin, but now by what they believe in. With a common belief, people become united. Should this group of people gain specific rights in regards to the ideal they believe in? Yes, as long as the constitution of the nation remains in place. Self-governing or state governing is justifiable because it is always going to be a part...
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