Three Myths About Culture


Three Myths About Culture

  1.  It is about race. No, race is a subculture and social construct used by scientists to classify groups. There are no identified racial genes!

  2. It is static. We belong to many cultures because as we grow physically and mentally, our cultures change. At each state of development, we are a mixture of different personas: family and friends, community, organizations (school, church, and work), and societal experiences. Each of us is multi-cultural.

  3. I have no culture. That is the biggest misconception of all. Everyone has a culture! As a matter of fact, we are inherently multi-cultural. It is the lack of social capital, the exclusion, and the inequities leading to disparities in education, health and economic opportunities that are not only wrong but also detrimental to creativity and innovation.

So, what is culture? It is not genetic; we are not born with it. We acquire a good portion of it during the early childhood years by modelling our surroundings.

Think of five things that define you right now.

For Me:

  1. I am Jamaican…although, most would say I am Jah-American.

  2. I am a mother.

  3. I am passionate about social issues.

  4. I am a Black woman.

  5. I am a retired physician.

Each of the above have their own culture. Last year, I was a student. Eight years ago, I would have said I was in love. I could easily have included my hobbies and interests, which are constantly changing (I am curious). All of the above and more, define culture which determines one’s identity, views, and decisions.

We do not live in a vacuum, so, no culture is truly pure; herein, lies the beauty of culture.

Culture is who you are as an individual, a family, a community, an organization and a society.

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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