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The implication of cultural relativism stemmed from the insidious effects of ethnocentrism.
One example of ethnocentrism that created debilitating consequences was The Indian
Removal Act and The Trail of Tears. Between 1830 and 1850, approximately 60,000 Native
Americans that once lived on the lands of whats now known as Georgia, Tennessee,
Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri were forced to leave their homes and move to designated
Indian territories sanctioned by the U.S. government (HISTORY, 2020). By the end of the 20
years, only a handful of surviving tribes relocated successfully, with the majority of the
people dying from various adverse conditions. The Trail of Tears alone removed 15,000
Creeks, with 3,500 of them perishing along the way. Not only was this act in place due to the
value of the millions of acres of land that the Native Americans inhabited, but due to the
settlersethnocentric view of them beingsavagesand implementing their version of
Christianity onto them. Due to this heinous act, the use of cultural relativism would’ve more
than likely restricted the act from taking place.
With that being said, there are certain instances where I believe that cultural relativism could
be placed aside in pertaining to dire human rights’ being breached. This is also, however, an
ethnocentric ideology, as we have our own perceptions and views on what is considered
human rights and what is simply not. In my view, children being in direct harm’s way could
be viewed as a breach of human rights to myself yet could be farthest from a breach to
someone else. Although there are relative instances where any one individual would agree
wholeheartedly that a situation is within a direct violation of a human right, there would still
exist a variation of degree in whether the violation is detrimental or relatively benign. For
instance, female genital mutilation (FGM) is widely practiced in 31 countries and have been
implemented on over 200 million women and girls (Reid, 2021). The implementation is
traditional and although it causes horrendous side effects, it is in continuation as we speak.
Since there are no medical benefits to this act and it is all strictly traditional, then cultural
relativism would be relatively useless, seeing as this instance would counteract against the
foundation of the ideology and would compromise the upholding of human rights.
REFERENCES
Choi, A. S. (2016, January 4). What Americans can learn from other food cultures.
Ideas.Ted.Com. https://ideas.ted.com/what-americans-can-learn-from-other-food-
cultures/
History.com Editors. (2020, July 7). Trail of Tears. HISTORY.
https://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears
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Reid, K. (2021, January 29). 6 facts about female genital mutilation (FGM). World Vision.
https://www.worldvision.org/child-protection-news-stories/female-genital-mutilation-
fgm-facts
SNHU COCE Assistive Technology. (2020, August 24). ATH-101 How Industrialization
Changed Childhood -Dorsa Amir (CC). YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX3mMw71d40
Welsch R. L., Vivanco L. A., & Fuentes A. (2019). Anthropology. [MBS Direct]. Retrieved
from https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780190057381/

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The implication of cultural relativism stemmed from the insidious effects of ethnocentrism. One example of ethnocentrism that created debilitating consequences was The Indian Removal Act and The Trail of Tears. Between 1830 and 1850, approximately 60,000 Native Americans that once lived on the lands of what’s now known as Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri were forced to leave their homes and move to designated Indian territories sanctioned by the U.S. government (HISTORY, 2020). By the end of the 20 years, only a handful of surviving tribes relocated successfully, with the majority of the people dying from various adverse conditions. The Trail of Tears alone removed 15,000 Creeks, with 3,500 of them perishing along the way. Not only was this act in place due to the value of the millions of acres of land that the Native Americans inhabited, but due to the settlers’ ethnocentric view of them being ‘savages’ and implementing their version of Christianity onto them. Due to this heinous act, the use of cultural relativism would’ve more than likely restricted the act from taking place. With that being said, there are certain instances where I believe that cultural relativism could be placed aside in pertaining to dire human rights’ being breached. This is also, however, an ethnocentric ideology, as we have our own perceptions and views on what is considered human rights and what is simply not. In my view, children being in direct harm’s way could be viewed as a breach of human rights to myself yet could be farthest from a breach to someone else. Although there are relative instances where any one individual would agree wholeheartedly that a situation is within a direct violation of a human right, there would still exist a variation of degree in whether the violation is detrimental or relatively benign. For instance, female genital mutilation (FGM) is widely practiced in 31 countries and have been implemented on over 200 million women and girls (Reid, 2021). The implementation is traditional and although it causes horrendous side effects, it is in continuation as we speak. Since there are no medical benefits to this act and it is all strictly traditional, then cultural relativism would be relatively useless, seeing as this instance would counteract against the foundation of the ideology and would compromise the upholding of human rights. REFERENCES Choi, A. S. (2016, January 4). What Americans can learn from other food cultures. Ideas.Ted.Com. https://ideas.ted.com/what-americans-can-learn-from-other-foodcultures/ History.com Editors. (2020, July 7). Trail of Tears. HISTORY. https://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears Reid, K. (2021, January 29). 6 facts about female genital mutilation (FGM). World Vision. https://www.worldvision.org/child-protection-news-stories/female-genital-mutilationfgm-facts SNHU COCE Assistive Technology. (2020, August 24). ATH-101 How Industrialization Changed Childhood -Dorsa Amir (CC). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX3mMw71d40 Welsch R. L., Vivanco L. A., & Fuentes A. (2019). Anthropology. [MBS Direct]. Retrieved from https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780190057381/ Name: Description: ...
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