Can Our Cities Become Cosmopolitan Instead of Comma Politan?

Presently our cities are comma politan. By that I mean they have whites, blacks, orientals, indigenous people, mixed races, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, the wheelchair bound, the cane enabled, the mentally ill, muslim, atheist, etc. No longer is it some majority with just one minority. Our cities are comma politan because they contain so many varieties of humans.

accept almost anyone with some African ancestry as their own

Which is very nice. I would just prefer that our cities would actually be cosmopolitan. I don’t mean just one thing by being cosmopolitan like worldly. I mean more things like tolerance and with a certain flair.

One cosmopolitan thing I see in black society, for instance, is that nice ability to accept almost anyone with some African ancestry as their own. It goes so far as accepting Barack Obama as the first black president when it is clear that his mother was white.

White culture isn’t nearly as accepting. We should have accepted Barack Obama as just one in a very long string of white presidents of the United States. In fact, to be cosmopolitan, us whites ought to insist that there should be a fully black president ceiling to break through and through votes help break it. That is as well as the some-African-descent ceiling Obama broke through. So we’re not done with black firsts in the presidency.

But black culture isn’t always cosmopolitan. The television show Blackish had an opportunity to have an atheist character. Instead, that character played with atheism for a few hours. That’s not how atheism plays out. If you have doubts about the religion you have been brought up with chances are you will have doubts later on in life, too.

that character played with atheism for a few hours

I am picking on the cities to be cosmopolitan because rural areas are almost overwhelmingly of homogeneous ethnicity, or white in the west. Since most ethnicities do not find their kind in rural areas, they go to the cities. LGBTQ people flee to the cities to find others of their kind to socialize with. And disabled people find the cities have more resources for them to use simply because of numbers. And really, let’s be honest, many flee the rural areas because of the intolerance that homogeneity often breeds. So the cities become our best hope of being cosmopolitan.

Even in the cities, the disabled have more difficulty finding employment. When you think of it, many jobs don’t need their employees to be completely abled. But the disabled still have a harder time finding work. That’s not cosmopolitan.

Which, when I think about it, is probably a better situation than not being able to find a bathroom you can use without getting beaten up. Which also isn’t cosmopolitan.

the disabled still have a harder time finding work

The attempts to make a cosmopolitan society are definitely not over. There are many more hurdles to overcome (I have not even come close to listing them all). But with jerks and pull backs I think our society gets slowly better at these things and our cities are our best shot at making it happen. Eventually the rural areas might be dragged along, too. After all, 4 out of 5 people live in our urban areas. A truly cosmopolitan society might eventually happen.

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