cultural differences

The Power of Lando

Billy Dee Williams Why devote any space on an SEO site to Billy Dee? Have you ever met Billy Dee? Do you know his impact on the African American community or the fact that he has help revolutionized civil rights for the African Americans in the film industry?! Yea, me neither. I just happen to be a big fan of Star Wars. I have only known about Billy Dee since Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. But, Lando Calrissian as he is called in the movies, made an impact on my impressionable mind in the 80s as one of the only black actors to have a leading role in a major motion picture of this magnitude. It was only after Billy Dee’s portrail of an enterprising black smuggler turn leader of Cloud City that I began investing time into African American issues and civil rights became real to me after learning of the struggles that black actors faced in obtaining ‘real’ parts in movies: from Sidney Poitier (“They call me MISTER TIBBS!“) to Etta James. The fact of the matter is that the struggle for equality has always been hard, and has always been real. Billy Dee was one of many that worked hard to find a place and success in a world that neither fully accepted nor credited them [Blacks] with their abilities outside of manual labor. Some of these stigmas and stereotypes still exist today as well as changed forms into stereotypes on other nationalities, such as latinos and hispanics. But just as Hattie McDaniels of Gone with the Wind fame was able to show case the abilities Blacks have at their disposal, every ‘dog’ has it’s day and every human has potential – if we are only willing to accept and appreciate it. Although he has been reduced to doing ads for Colt 45 (which I happen to enjoy as a low-cost alternative to anything good), I think he has made a lasting impact through his few, but powerful roles in movies. Thanks Billy...

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Hunter Gatherers of the New Millenium

My working life started around the same time, fourteen and a half, at McDonald’s. Much of motivation, in the aspect of life, has to do with survival. We can have a discussion of Maslow later but we are no longer hunter-gathers of the traditional sorts. We hunt for a better job or position and gather as many resources (money and contacts) as we can. In the world humankind has altered, structures and organizations have removed us from nature and into a new realm of motivation, capitalism. I am sad to say, I am part of this new motivation. With 2 little girls and a wife, the society we have created around us ‘forces’ us to be motivated by the ‘blood’ that keeps the system moving. Because of this, this cycle is close to perpetual. That is what school is for, teaching the next generations how to survive basically. Don’t eat the red berries but learn to use a ‘QWERTY’! But this leads me to thinking of globalization and how we, as humans, are infesting the ‘body’ of this world. What happens when we get a build up of viruses in our system? Fever. But that’s for another discussion. I was thinking more along the lines of diversity and race. Globalization offers issues related to managing diverse workforces that many managers are ill equipped to handle. It is not that the manager is negligent in understanding, but more so that the organization is lacking in handling the diversity appropriately, in this one’s opinion. No organization is more globalized than the military, and this learner has had the benefit of experiencing the military just as the facilitator. In the military experience of this student, the military offered little in the way of training, orientation, or acculturation of understanding the diverse and often vastly different cultures one may encounter in a military deployment. Whether it is due to lack of concern or lack of effort,one can only feel there is a lack of concern for the individual soldier, airman, marine, and/or sailor. I digress, ethical issues develop from the varying cultures one may encounter and without clear explanation, may offend. Any offense may hinder the completion of any task, or cause communication gaps that may have wide spread effects on the mission or goals of any organization. As a solution to such experiences, one suggest that time be invested in cultural-ization of staff or employees that may be involved in multicultural situations. By ensuring that individuals have an understanding of the environments, cultures, ethics, and social customs of a given society or region he or she can effectively relate a topic, communicate effectively, and/or provide task completion or focus in a way that increases productivity and provides cost effective management. Knowledge is power and knowing is half the...

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An Interracial America

Slowly a man meanders down the street, quietly humming to himself along a crowded Los Angeles intersection. He is dressed in a pullover black blazer and gray slacks, clean shaven. The only detracting marks are three tattoos, one on each shoulder and one on his left arm, all hidden by his blazer. Reaching a stoplight, he presses the button for the cross walk and waits. After waiting a moment, he is authorized to walk, crossing at the same pace he hears car doors lock beside him as he crosses. At the same time a couple enters the cross walk, seeing him the female hugs tight to the man beside her. The man smiles and tips an imaginary hat, the woman cringes. The woman nor the cars know that this man is a doctor that may one day save their lives, but he does not mind what is obvious, he has earned his degree and will do what he has learn to do should the moment arise. It takes more than money to reach a degree, it takes passion and a love for education; but money is needed. Aside from the stereotyping of society, what other issues face the black community, in particular, the black college student? That prior illustration may seem like a version of the opening for the movie Crash but that was a personal experience of my own. Cultural differences will always exist due to the number of societies and ethnic backgrounds. Cultures experience change, growth, and progress but it is societies that cause deterioration of communication and unity. Ethnic burdens also last for generations, seeming almost to become genetic. My family is no exception to this pattern. Although my Grandmother grew up in the heat of slavery and survived the dissolving of segregation she stood apart from all my other Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles in her beliefs of equality. The value she instilled in me was the fact that all men and women are equal and it is only the spirit contained in the flesh that is truly unique. We have an African American president now, but has the world or even America actually “Changed” will it ever, before it all...

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