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ERIC Number: ED115617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 17
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Degradation: A Case Study Calling for Ethnic Education.
Ciampa, Bartholomew J.
Many credible sources refer to the various immigrant groups in a derogatory manner. Negative citations can be categorized in numerous ways. They might arise as a result of the geographic origin of the ethnic group; attraction to a particular occupation class; peculiarity of custom; religious or political affiliation; rate of delinquency, crime, or illiteracy; or physical appearance. The subtleties of degradation can take form in the seemingly innocuous omission or casual treatment of the origin of persons of distinguished achievement. Within the parameters encompassing the extremes of subtle and flagrantly obvious discrimination there exist numerous forms of ethnic degradation which might be categorized as (1) occupation class stereotyping; (2) stereotyping by perceived "natural" inclination; (3) stereotyping in terms of illiteracy, crime, or delinquency; and (4) stereotyping by using a generally derogatory characterization. Steps are now being taken to alleviate future degradation and also to provide members of certain ethnic minorities with the justice of a well-deserved positive ethnic identity and heritage on which to look back. The time has come for educators to utilize the diverse cultural backgrounds of their students as a vehicle to enrich American society because of, not in spite of, their ethnic heritage. (Examples of derogatory statements in literature toward Italians and Italian-Americans are given.) (RC)
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