Multiculturalism is a way of acknowledging similarities while accepting differences amongst diverse groups of people. Therefore, it promotes tolerance, respect, and understanding amongst various groups. Multiculturalism gives us an opportunity to explore and discuss diversity and learn from those who look different and have different beliefs or lifestyles. But it expands beyond the narrow scope of how culture is generally defined. Multiculturalism should not be confined to matters of race, ethnicity, and religion. Instead, all types of groups who make up our society, including thepoverished or other marginalized groups. d lesbian community, people with menatl gay and lesbian community, people with mental and physical disabilities, illegal immigrants, and other marginalized groups should be taken into account.
When practiced multiculturalism includes, but is not limited to, the understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of different social groups. It is a noble concept which involves embracing diversity while understanding that within these different groups are individuals. Ultimately the effect that multiculturalism should have on society is for people to stop defining others based on the group they belong but as individuals with a multitude of experiences that makes them who they are. With this in mind, we still cannot and should not ignore the differences that exist between groups. Promoting assimilation is not the answer to the social problems believed to stem from diversity. When assimilation is practiced within any society one group or groups lose its uniqueness. The goal of multiculturalism is not to water down other cultures, thus creating one culture. The objective is to respect and preserve multiple cultures and if a new one develops in the process of group interaction then it, too, should be embraced. Prejudices will probably always exist. But multiculturalism is a progressive tool, especially helpful to combat causes of prejudices and biases. If used purposefully we may see a change in the way future generations view and treat each other.