An Essay on Cultural Diversity: A Personal Essay
‘Diversity’ is usually either touted as good, an alternative to conflict, injustice, inequity, intolerance, bigotry, discrimination, and racism, or as nothing at all, an all-in-one bland, undifferentiated substantive, due to its tendency to erode the empowerment of racial minorities, women, and the poor. Meaningful debates on ‘diversity’ should rather focus on the ‘cultural diversity’ subcategory, in order to hone the effects and uses of diversity in variously characterized human communities in an age of globalization. Employing the form of the Personal Essay, I will stand on the shoulders of giants (world-renowned essayists--Michel de Montaigne, William Hazlitt, Wole Soyinka, Carlos Fuentes, and James Baldwin), and will argue that passion for the conservation of humankind ought to take precedence over fostering environmental differences. This essay will trace human origins from the Olduvai Gorge of East Africa, and from there explore issues of development, marginalisation, world economic order, language, population, imperialism, and boundary crossings. Clearly, meaningful talk or practice of diversity in any community must include a conscientious effort to conserve humankind, by stressing the ill-benefits of the melting-pot syndrome.
Keywords: Cultural Diversity, Globalisation, Politics, Language, Immigration, population, Econonmic Order, Race and Ethnicity
Dr. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo
Associate Faculty, Department of Minority Studies, African Studies Association and African Litertaure Association