How do you identify your ethnicity and race? My ethnicity and race are Black/African American.
How do people see you in the context of your cultural identity? People see me as an African American
.How does your family history influence your cultural identity?
My family history influences my cultural identity by celebrating black history month, every year we get together and we light the grill up and we all must tell each other one thing about a famous African American and how that person changed the world.
How do you see people through the lens of your cultural identity? I see my culture as one big happy family. Although we all come from different families and we are all different shapes and sizes, we all have the same cultural background.
My culture benefit by many things and some of the things I love is the soul food and the soulful music my ancestors created to celebrate our history. Another benefit we have is the ability to have a black history month so we can tell the world about our most famous black people in the world and how they benefited this world.
Describe a limitation of your culture. We all have limits when it comes to certain things, we do but, I’m not sure if we any limits to celebrating our culture.
How do you view fairness? I view fairness by every culture being treated the same and have the same limits and standards.
I do not think my identity change at all except the fact, I am older now.
How do your values and ethics influence your cultural identity, and vice versa? My values and ethics influence my cultural identity by the things that has been passed on by my grandmother and grandfather.
I have a few things like, my grandmother jewelry that has been passed down from generations and the different stores my grandfather uses to tell me and my siblings when we have an argument and cannot get alone.
How does your cultural identity impact your role as a human service’s professional practitioner? I think it will impact my role because there are a lot of people that are from the same culture, I am from and we can relate to one another by sharing different stores and experiences we had when we were younger or still face today.
Explain how you might feel if one of your identities were ignored and how you might ensure that the cultural identities of the people with whom you will work are respected. I think it might upset me a little because we as African Americans go through a lot in this world by not being accepted by other cultures and being treated like we do not belong on this earth.
I will make it my duty to make sure the African Americans who I have as clients get the same treatment as others. Although, I think everybody should be treated equally, we still have a lot of different people who do not treat my race fair.
Explain how your sense of fairness might be influenced by your culture and how that might impact the work you will do as a human services practitioner. As I was growing up and my mother made us watch a lot of black history movies and my school, during black history month, made us watch a few movies. We as African
Americans were not treated fair at all. We were not given the same benefits as Caucasian people. I believe nobody should be treated the way the people in those movies were treated and that is the main reason why I treat everybody with kindness and fairness.
By watching those movies and being taught to treat others the way you want to be treated, it gave me a sense to help and treat others with respect, if I want to receive respect. I still have a lot of learning to do when it comes to learning about my culture and I have been taught a few things, but I feel like there is more I need to learn and experience in my culture.