When it comes to the topic of culture, it can be considered to be very complex. The reason for this is because in the United States of America there are people from different backgrounds, culture and religions. Every person has firm beliefs that their culture is superior to the other. For example, the white American for a long time had firm beliefs that their culture was superior to the others. This fact was brought on by slavery and segregation era. However, in the modern world, there are some cultures that are morally superior to others especially when it comes to their actions. There are some people whose culture gives them the justification to kill innocent people. According to African American culture, they would consider genocide or any mass act of violence to individuals to be morally wrong. This, however, cannot be stated for extremist whose culture revolves around mass destruction and pain for innocent people especially those who do not share their views. Examples of these extremists are ISIS, ALQAEDA, Boko Haram and Al Shabaab.
As an African American person, one of the cultures that are at variance with our ethical system is that of Asians. Most of the African American cultures are stemmed from the African roots (Ferris, 2009). In Africa, many moral beliefs have not wavered even as the passing of time such as homosexuality. In America, most white people support homosexuality but however, in the black community especially among the older generation still condemn it. This is the same as in the Asian countries. The people in Asia especially the older generation believe that homosexuality is a Western culture that does not apply to them.
In this world, there is a universal moral standard that everyone follows. This is because it is considered to be a self-evident standard that applies to all people in the world no matter their different cultures. One of this universal ethical standard is the non-aggression principle (Hauser, 2006). This type of principle prohibits any form of aggression towards others. Aggression leads to murder, kidnapping, vandalism and rape. These types of acts are banned in all cultures in the world and, therefore, it can be considered to be a universal problem.
Ferris, W. (2009). Glenn Hinson The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 14. University of North Carolina Press.
Hauser, M. D. (2006). Moral Minds: the Nature of right and Wrong. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.