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Dan Donating Member (595 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 08:23 PM
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65. Very interesting...
Social and economic integration was not nor has it been an easy experience in the U.S.

Insights into our 'relative success' in achieving racial or cultural understanding is an ongoing process, one that is ongoing - all across the nation! The success or rather the election of a Black president does not equate to reaching the finish line in this experiment called 'America'.

The situation in your Country, I would not even begin to try to provide answers, but I do know, one starting point is: The background of the new citizens of your country, are they mostly rural or urban; what is their educational background; political refugees or economic refugees? There are so many questions that have to be looked at - and even more, even person has to be viewed as an individual.

I am sure that there are things you can learn from America's experiences - and things you do not want to learn. Sadly, the right wing of our country tend to do everything to promote hate and then act surprised when some act on the rhetoric that they hear, 24 X 7.

I think from my own experiences - I would suggest that unless your Country is able to help with the economic plight of your new citizens - then you are in for long term problems. I have always thought that education was the first step - if given the opportunities. The idea of a separate but equal educational system is not an answer, it is definitely a wrong step. Did that and we ended up fighting damn near a second civil war in the sixties here. I speak from the experience of heading one that headed South when everyone else was coming North; and heading North when everyone else was heading South. There were several books on this situation back in the sixties that helped put this in perspective. There is an educator that I would recommend: Jonathan Kozol, who has written several excellent books on the issues of education, social inequality, and American version of Apartheid.

It is a very complex situation... and one that requires, as you appear to be doing, each person to just try and do the right things. Plus, your cultural positions will make communications difficult for all parties, not because they are bad, but I suspect very different between the various peoples as articulated by your comments.

Good luck - but from my life's experiences, I do know this...each person can make a difference.

D



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