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information available at one’s fingertips. Many perceive this access to information as a method of eliminating ignorance and spreading knowledge. This has not been the case in the U.S. as many people fail to take advantage of this access to information and remain comfortably cloaked in their ignorance. One area that Americans remain quite ignorant is in regard to other cultures. In our ignorance Americans often identify any Spanish speakers as Mexicans, people with slanted eyes as Chinese and Middle Eastern-looking people as possible terrorists. America is a very diverse nation but is a melting pot which stamps out rather than appreciates differences. Ignorance can be a very dangerous thing when one is not aware of it. It allows one who “thinks that he knows something which he does not know” to come into power ( The Last Days of Socrates 44). An example of this is the rise of Hitler and his subsequent actions of trying to exterminate the Jews. Another example is the Red Scare that occurred in the United States after World War II. People’s ignorance of communism led to an irrational fear of it which allowed people like Senator Joseph McCarthy to turn it into a national issue. Racism is probably one of the most glaring examples of the results of ignorance in modern society. Even use of the term race itself reveals ignorance, as it has no scientific meaning but is simply a socially-based concept. There is only one race and that is the human race. However, people continue to use the word race when they should be using the
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