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Ethnocentrism

Before I say begin, I need to point out that I have seen people embodying ethnocentric ideas without realizing it and that is the reason I am writing this piece. I don’t wish to target any communities.  

It is no more surprising that people worship their culture to a point where every other culture seems inferior to them. Every day thousands of people make rude and baseless comments which show how highly they think their culture is and how lowly the rest are. People walk among others of the same culture and end up believing that theirs is the only culture that deserves to be appreciated.

I don’t think it is wrong to believe in your culture, after all, how could you not when everyday people around you shape you that way. What I feel bad about is how other cultures are demeaned in order to show supremacy. I mean why can’t people love their culture without hating others?

I have heard people say ‘The Indian culture is supreme but the American culture is ruining lives’ and I have heard ‘The Indian culture is so backward but the American culture is helping to bring awareness’ I think both of these statements are wrong. Each part of this statement shows how ethnocentrism can be a thick black blindfold. 

The truth is that all cultures have faults. After all, cultures are nothing without humans and humans can’t be faultless. The point then boils down to how we celebrate and respect all cultures. If we choose to turn a blind eye to the wrongs of our culture, we are being biased. If we pick out faults in other cultures to appear supreme, that is also biased.

Some argue that ethnocentrism helps people of a culture to come together and feel as one. I mean, is it worth it? Is it worth having that feeling of fraternity when in reality you are dividing societies? Is it worth feeling a sense of belonging every time you come across a person of your own culture but feel hatred when someone from another culture is standing in front of you? I am not asking for answers to these questions but I truly hope that these questions make you wonder.

Thank you for reading! See you in the next blog!