The American society is largely inclusive in its scope and tends to be tolerant and open-minded towards other races and cultures. Yet, it also stands to be true that there is a large section of the populace in the American society that is not only least accepting of other races and cultures but also distinctly evinces an attitude of superiority towards other races and cultures. It is indeed disheartening to know that in the current times when the world is fast shrinking and people are coming closer, there is still a segment of the American society that is not only disrespecting of other races and cultures but positively harbors an attitude of disrespect and disgust towards them. Hence, it is a reality that does need to be acknowledged that even in the current times, a section of the American society holds an unfavorable opinion of the other races that gets mostly manifested as ethnocentrism, stereotyping, xenophobia and prejudice.
It is a well-known fact that America happens to be a developed society that has accrued much progress in the sphere of economy, scientific know-how, quality of life and military superiority. These economic and scientific achievements of the United States of America do have secured a foremost place for it on the international platform. Yet, this progress in no way conveys that the American people happen to be superior to other people or races. However, sadly speaking, there are Americans who go by the material and scientific progress of America to hold that the American people are far superior to other races. This belief that one’s native race or culture happens to be better and superior to other races and cultures is called ethnocentrism (Mantovani 132). This ethnocentric approach towards other races not only happens to be utterly narrow in its scope, but the Americans adhering to such worldview often commit the mistake of overlooking the fact that though not many nations may be as affluent or developed as America, still each and every race in this world has a unique culture endowed with specific highlights and peculiarities that ought to be appreciated and admired (Mantovani 132).