RUNNING HEAD: Post-modern black family
Post-modernism and the Black Family
John Jay College
In recent years, multiculturalism, tolerance and political correctness have been integrated into how American society thinks.America seems to be trying to learn more about the ingredients of her melting pot.These efforts can be best understood by examining post-modernism.Post-modernism is especially important to breaking down stereotypes such as those that exist surrounding the black family.
To understand post-modernism we mustfirst understand modernism.Modernism is the philosophy that began with the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was an era when science and art flourished.European society used the Enlightenment to object to the oppression of the church.This era emphasized only those things that are observable or measurable (Smith, 1995).The scientific method developed at this time became the standard to which everything is measured.Modernism, although moving away from the confinements of religion, was limiting in its own way.
Post-modernism can be viewed as an expansion of modernism.It does not limit the idea of truth to only that which can be observed.Post-modernism is all encompassing.Post-modernism does not allow for only one definition for anything.There are several explanations for phenomena.Where modernism emphasizes racial classifications, post-modernism emphasizes cultural and ethnic classifications.Post-modernism sanctions differences from family to family and person to person within the parameters of one culture.
This multiculturalism is being used to educate from primary education through higher education.In Percival and Black's study with sixth-graders and multiculturalism, they realized that, although they were examining a specific Native American tribe, stereotypes of that tribe or people can develop (2000).For example, all African Americans from the So…