SELF ANALYSIS 6
It is essential to state that an ethnic identity refers to theethnic group that a particular person mostly identifies with. Forinstance, some people associate themselves with African ethnicidentity, Asian ethnic identity or even Mexican Ethnic identity. Onthe other hand, cultural identity refers to the feeling that a personbelongs to a particular group of individuals. It is critical to statethat this form of belonging may be based on aspects such as religion,ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation or the social class.Therefore, it is possible to find a cultural group of people who arewealthy, people who are homosexuals or people who are Christians,Muslims or non-believers. The ethnic identity that I associate myselfwith is the African-American ethnic group. It is vital to state thatI am an African who migrated into the United States, and therefore Iconstitute the African-American ethnic group. With regards to thecultural group, I do identify myself with the religion ofChristianity. This is a widely accepted religion across the world andthe United States has many Christians.
The African American culture has various values and assumptions. Tostart with, the African American culture is widely associated withreligion. It is clear from research that the African Americansconstitute the largest number of believers. Most of the peoplebelonging to this ethnic group tend to be Christians and Muslims. Inother words, this ethnic group has placed immense value on religion(Richard, 2013). Most Africans believe in the power of the deitiessuch as God, and they go to the extent of offering sacrifices to thegods. Another value that is associated with this ethnic group is theimportance that they place on the family. It is important to statethat the African Americans place immense value on families, and theybelieve that the ultimate achievement of human beings is to have aprosperous family. Historically, the African Americans were treatedand used as slaves. As a result of this, most of the people in thisethnic group have resorted to being campaigners of equality in thesociety between the whites and the blacks. The value of an equal andjust society is one that the blacks have held and continued tochampion. This ethnic group that I identify with is known to championfor its rights and purse fairness in all sectors such as employment,education and in government service provision. Additionally, AfricanAmericas are known to be hard working and they are people who valuetheir work since they consider gradual growth as the best approach todevelopment.
There are various assumptions associated with the African-Americanethnic group. To start with, this ethnic group is assumed toconstitute of people who are not learned or educated. It is believedthat members of this ethnic group are more prone to criminality andthis has been made plausible by the fact that the percentage ofincarcerated black people is extremely high. The members of thisethnic group also have some assumptions which cannot be provenscientifically. For instance, they believe that some of themisfortunes that people face are as a result of mistakes that weredone by their forefathers (Richard, 2013). Additionally, they alsohave the assumption that failure to honor the deities throughsacrifices and prayers, as well as praises, may bring suffering.There are also assumptions in the general society that people fromthis ethnic group are weak and do not much the intelligence of thewhite people.
The Christian cultural identity has some values and assumptions aswell. Christians do value justice and equality. This is a value thatis found in the Bible that all Christians believe in. According toChristians, all people are equal in the eyes of God. Another value ofChristianity is that people should not do evil, and they shouldalways do what is right and Godly. In other words, people are notsupposed to do sin such as killing or stealing as this would leadthem to hell. It is also within the values of Christianity thatfamily is considered as an important entity (DeBeer, 2014).Christians believe in the institution of marriage between a man and awoman. It is essential to state that this religion does not condonethe same-sex marriages, and this has resulted in conflicts betweenthe Christians and the state and other non-believers. There are othernumerous values that the Christians hold such as generosity,kindness, forgiveness, respect for other people, righteousness, andhumility. Various assumptions are associated with Christianity aswell. For instance, it is assumed that God exists. It is also anassumption within the Christian circles that evils deeds will attractpunishment.
It is evident that there are similarities between the twoidentities, and there are some differences as well. Some of thevalues of the ethnic identity are similar to the values of theChristian cultural identity. For instance, both identities seem tovalue family and the institution of marriage. It is also evident thatthe two identities value justice and equality. Both the AfricanAmericans and Christians are opposed to the racism and segregationthat is rife in the American society (DeBeer, 2014). Lastly, the twoidentities believe in the power of deities such as God. It is,however, essential to state that the cultural identity believes inonly one God, unlike the ethnic identity where people believe indifferent deities.
There are also some differences between the two identities. Forexample, some African Americans do support same-sex marriages whilethe Christians do not support. Christians believe in one God whilethe ethnic group in question may have different deities. It is hardto bring together some of the differences that are evident betweenthe two identities. However, it is possible to convince thenon-Christians of African origin to believe in one God and to explainto them on the evils associated with same-sex marriages. Anotherdifference between the two identities is that there are some AfricanAmericans who do not believe in religion and their activities aredriven by cultural beliefs.
In a professional human service setting, it is clear that the twoidentities will offer strengths. The African Americans fight forequality and justice which is an essential element in a human servicesetting. One goal of human service is the provision of human needs toall populations without discrimination. It is also evident theChristian identity support the extension of help and generosity toother people, and this will assist in the human service setting.However, the discrimination of same-sex people may affect servicedelivery to all populations. This will be a significant weakness inthe human service setting. Since the black people in the US have beenconsidered as being oppressed, their fight for a better society thatis fair and just may lead to favoritism in the human serviceenvironment. It is essential to note that the black community fromAfrica may take advantage of a human service setting to oppress theother races. This will be a great weakness to the human service.
Both the ethnic and the cultural identity could be used to provide aprofession humans service environment. It is clear that the valueswhich are similar for both identities will contribute immensely tothe development of a profession human service setting. The call forequality and justice will ensure that the population is provided withthe needs it requires without discrimination by skin color or sexualorientation. It is also essential to apply the values of theChristian cultural identity to offer a helping hand to the needy insociety (DeBeer, 2014). Application of values such as honesty in thedelivery of services, generosity, kindness and respect for otherswill aid in the providing a professional human service setting. Theprovision of services to the needy in the world requires generosityand kindness. It is also evident that the respect for all humans iscritical in the provision of services and needs to the society. Thisis a value that will enable the human service personnel to provideservices to everybody regardless of the person’s background.
DeBeer, J. (2014). Help! We need Christian values: directions forparents, teachers, church leaders and children. Bloomington, IN:Author House.
Richard, M. (2013). African American core values: a guide foreveryone. New York: iUniverse.