The world is made up of a wide variety of people and cultures. One of the greatest challenges for people is to exist together in peace and harmony. To help us understand how people relate to and with one another, read the list of words below. These are words that you may hear quite often in a discussion of multiculturalism.
Activities to Help You Learn More
- To learn even more about the words listed below, go out and find articles that apply these words in newspaper articles, commercials, online, magazines, etc. Then discuss these articles with friends and family members. You'll be amazed how often these words apply to world events.
- You can also play The Multicultural Word Crossword Puzzle to test your knowledge.
Multicultural Words You Should Know
Bias: A personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment or prejudice.
Discrimination: A prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment of someone because of a difference.
Stereotype: A picture or belief that is held in common about members of a group and that is an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment.
Prejudice: A negative opinion formed without just grounds or before enough knowledge about an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics is known.
Ethnocentrism: The attitude that one's own group is superior.
Nationality: A people having a common origin, tradition, and language or an ethnic group constituting one element of a larger unit (as a nation).
Race: A family, tribe, people, or nation unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics.
Diversity: The inclusion of people of different races or cultures in a group or organization.
Ethnicity: A particular affiliation or group.
Culture: The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.
Tolerance: Sympathy for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own.
Acceptance: Favorable reception or approval of culture that are different from one’s own.
Biracial: Cultures and people involving members of two races.
Multiracial: Something or someone involving, or representing various races.