Intergroup Relations and Diversity
This country is a mixture of diversity. We are ethnically and cultural rich because of those differences. Diversity is not a bad thing. The world would be a boring place if everyone were the same. Intergroup relations at work would not be productive if everyone was bringing the same thing to the table. The ethnic and cultural differences keep different personalities and ideas flowing to generate new ideas. Socially we want diversity among our friends. We may be drawn to people who have similar personalities, but we are all still unique. Whether it is in the workplace or socially if we are not open to working and socializing with people of different ethnic backgrounds, genders or religions we are our own worst enemy. Embracing our differences and accepting others is the only way to give this world a chance. Racial and ethnic divides only lead to prejudices and racism, which has in the past and continues today to cause violence and mistrust. The advances in technology both in weaponry and media could cause catastrophic consequences in areas where there are fragile relations among some groups. We need to use different applied social psychology theories in social media in its many forms to promote peace and acceptances of our differences. Social dominance theory as suggested in this lesson, (PSU, 2013) "may be the best way to reduce conflict." We need to start seeing our intergroup relationship as members of our planet earth and start brainstorming ideas on finding solutions for the problems we have caused. Many of those problems are from different forms of prejudices and racism that have caused conflicts that have adversely affected our planet. If comes down to social dominance theory because of a catastrophic event that forces the different races and nations to unit for a common goal it might be to late. Prejudice and racism will no longer seem like such a great divide at that point. Let's hope it doesn't come down to that to make people put aside their differences.
PSU, (2013); Psyc424: Applied Social Psychology, Lesson 6: Intergroup Relations