Dealing With Conflict : Addressing The Criticisms Of Ethnic Studies

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“Dealing with Conflict: Addressing the Criticisms of Ethnic Studies”
Since the beginning of institutionalizing Ethnic Studies into Higher Education, there has been criticism on the effectiveness and legitimacy of Ethnic Studies. Latino/a American and Caribbean Studies face the same flack about whether or not it is needed in the Higher Education Program. One reason as alluded by the creation of the Chicano/a Studies in Color-Line To Borderlands: The Matrix of American Ethnic Studies, what does it mean to be Latin American or Caribbean. Although there are technically descriptors on what countries falls under Latin America and the Caribbean, can one discipline cover the diversity or rich history and diversity of cultures of Latinos/as and Caribbean who live in United States and abroad (205). Some may argue that these critics are assuming that there is not a shared experience among Latinos/as and Caribbean Americans, and that this discipline is necessary to show solidarity among a marginalized group of people. The larger implication for such claim that Latino/a and Caribbean Studies cannot cover the diversity within these group of people, further divides these ethnic groups—where Mexican Americans feel that they need their own discipline.
Carol Iannone wrote in her article, “What’s Happened to Liberal Education,” accuses the presences of Ethnic Studies, such as Latino/a American and Caribbean Studies hinders Universities’ mission of offering a liberal education to their…

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