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What are the advantages of having different racial or ethnic groups in a community?

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lehcir | Student | Valedictorian

Posted November 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM via web

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What are the advantages of having different racial or ethnic groups in a community?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM (Answer #1)

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There are two major benefits to having racial and ethnic diversity in a community.

First, a racially and ethnically diverse community is one that is better positioned to succeed in a globalized economy.  The world’s economy today is becoming more and more interconnected.  This means that people of different races and ethnicities will have to interact with one another more and more.  Members of a racially and ethnically diverse society are better prepared to deal with such interactions.  They are already used to interacting with people who are different than they are.  This means they will be better prepared to function in the globalized world.

Second, a diverse community is arguably stronger than a homogeneous society.  A diverse society has people who have many different ideas and beliefs.  This means that ideas and attitudes are constantly being challenged.  People are constantly being exposed to different ideas.  As they think about those ideas, they take the ones that seem best to them.  In such a society, people get to choose the best aspects of various cultural attitudes instead of having no choice but to embrace the traditional attitudes of their own culture.

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