The concept of polyculturalism is defined as the idea that each culture is influenced by many other cultures. Now, that doesn’t sound like a strange concept, given that many ancient cultures(Greek, Egyptian, etc.) branched out and influenced newer cultures but in modern society, that idea is an unacknowledged way of thinking of the world. Multiculturalism, the idea that there are separate cultures in a society, is instead of the norm. What’s the difference? Polyculturalism accepts the idea that no culture is isolated from another, where as multiculturalism does isolate different cultures. This manifests in the isolation of certain ethnic groups from other groups, making it harder for the individual to see past artificial boundaries (i.e. Skin color, clothes, food, religion, even architecture and use of resources). This is an important realization for anyone wanting to start a movement for equity and social change because if one were able to install the concept in society that each of our neighbors, no matter how different, influences our culture, that one’s culture could encompass other ethnic groups, not just our own, it brings with it the idea of empathy. Why is empathy important to a revolution? Empathy opens a window for a random outsider to see into the problem at hand and feel emotions towards it. Sympathy. But also they will be more willing to understand the needs of a different ethnic group. A Caucasian person can be more empathetic to an African American person and vice versa. This widens the target range for people sympathetic to a cause, more people in support of the movement.
How can we instill this concept in the minds of millions? Pure acknowledgement. Increased amount of literature and discussion on the subject opens people to the possibility of it. Not everyone will change, but I guarantee more people seeing similarities between themselves and the people that surround them will increase empathy towards minority populations. After that begins to manifest, it will only be a matter of time before people begin to change their way of thinking about their neighbors.