Sticky Wicket Questions: American Culture & Immigration News Today

Questions submitted by readers that reflect the concerns, confusion, discomfort, and misperceptions we all have about people whose race, ethnicity, cultural and religious traditions are different from our own. Responses to submitted questions will come from sociologists, psychologists, educators, anthropologists, authors, researchers, and even other readers. This department will not typically represent an opportunity for freelancers.
August 25th, 2011
Written by Alonzo Weston in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Are the majority of Cuban Americans affiliated with the Cuban Mafia in Miami? If not, how do those who are not part of the Mafia survive in that environment? ~Sam in Los AngelesDear SamSaying that the majority of Cuban-Americans are associated with the Cuban Mafia is like saying all Italian-Americans are part of the Sicilian Mafia. Sweeping generalizations about any race or...
July 21st, 2011
Written by Francesca Biller in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Since Osama Bin Laden’s death, do most Americans and specifically Muslim Americans feel safer from terrorism?~Concerned in San FranciscoDear Concerned,Now that Osama bin Laden, whom some called the "most hated" man in the world is dead, the heavy-laden reality is that many Americans don't feel much safer. With the first news of his death, crowds across the United States...
July 6th, 2011
Written by Cindy Ferraino in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,In Hungary, the personal ownership of non-hunting guns is nearly unheard of but is this factor indicative of less crime and a safer society? Do Hungarians believe that not owning guns prevents higher instances of crime? If so, what is the basis of this belief?~Gun Rights Advocate in TexasDear Gun Rights Advocate,A recent government law punishes anyone using an unregistered gun...
June 22nd, 2011
Written by Talia Page in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Is it true that the Scottish and Irish are distant cousins and share a common culture? They seem to have a lot in common — kilts, bagpipes, etc.~Curious In ComptonDear Curious,Due to the geographic proximity of Scotland and Ireland, and thanks to a string of over-laps and run-ins over the course of the past hundreds of years, the Scots and the Irish do exhibit many cultural...
June 10th, 2011
Written by Talia Page in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Why is there still so much reluctance and reticence among whites and blacks to have an honest and ongoing dialogue about racial issues? Is it because of some level of fear, mistrust, and bigotry?~Discouraged from DallasDear Discouraged,One reason for the reticence among blacks and whites when broaching highly sensitive issues on race could be attributed to an almost desperate...


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