Ismael Reed’s essay “The World is Right here” is preceded by a well-chosen excerpt from a 1983 New York Instances article which evokes a picture that epitomizes the 2 tiered idea of Ishmael’s continuing essay. Reed gives a number of examples of cultural mixing from contained in the partitions of a McDonald’s to contained in the partitions of a revered college, and from Detroit to Houston. Reed goals to enlighten the U.S. Inhabitants basically as he peels away on the layers of half truths, at greatest, that sure entities within the U.S. Proceed to foster as he speculates the query “what’s Western Civilization?” and follows up his reply with a number of historic info.
Reed states that the mirror of our present day world displays an eclectic cornucopia of cultures that may now not be ignored just because it would not mesh with the fabricated idea of “Western Civilization”. He believes that as evident because the existence of a multicultural society is there are these in energy who refuse to simply accept the present actuality and who stay hooked up to the concept that the U.S. is solely descendant of this so known as European “Western Civilization”, whose existence Reed questions within the first place based mostly on practically a dozen examples of how the U.S. has tried to construct its historical past on an already unstable basis. Reed believes the idea was created by the still-in-power descendants of Puritan patriarchs, as a smokescreen to obscure historic info and create a false hierarchy as a way to justify acts of repression, hate, persecution and homicide towards different cultures proper right here on U.S. Soil within the final century, of which Reed cites simple examples.
Reed ends his essay with a message to the ethnocentric entities addressed within the article, the identical Puritan posse who believed that their imperialistic growth was “manifest future”, that it is too late for his or her failing agenda as a result of the world is already right here, built-in and interconnected.