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ERIC Number: EJ784852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: The Importance of Multiculturalism in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Moore, Alicia L.
Multicultural Education, v15 n2 p24-30 Win 2007
The importance of multiculturalism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina can be illustrated through a comparative view of the 1967 controversial, seminal, and Academy Award winning film, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". In the film, a multicultural cast starred in a groundbreaking tale of interracial marriage--then still illegal in some United States states--bigotry, and eventual, qualified tolerance. The film's plot concerned the turmoil that resulted from the definite answer to the question of whom was actually coming to dinner--a young White woman and her new fiance who was a Black man. The dinner was hosted at the home of the young woman's bemused parents who, though well-intentioned liberals, were trying to make sense not only of the pronouncement of a seemingly impetuous interracial love and impending marriage, but of their own race-bound preconceptions. During the story, the young woman's parents gradually soften their narrow-minded views, come to terms with their own biases, and abandoned their strong opposition to the young couple's interracial union. In the conclusion, they go on to behave in a racially tolerant manner; however, despite their apparent newfound enlightenment in the face of the imposed culturally diverse circumstances, the backdrop of cultural and racial intolerance had already been ostensibly sanctioned. This film revealed that the concept of multiculturalism was needed to provide a framework for effective inclusive and interpersonal interactions that would draw on their similarities and their differences to break down stereotypes and prejudices. In this article, the author examines the role of multiculturalism, schools, and teachers in using their similarities and their differences to create an inclusive, supportive and safe environment that is culturally responsive. Additionally, the article issues a continued call to action to teachers who are educating all students who are culturally, linguistically, racially, and ethnically diverse, particularly those upon whom Hurricane Katrina has wreaked havoc. (Contains 1 figure.)
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