The news and media are saturated with talks on racism and diversity as of late. The real surprise (and sad truth) is it's only recently that more people have begun to take it seriously. In our country, we've had decades of opportunity to befriend people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. It's hard to believe that we still have a long way to go when it comes to practicing diversity and inclusion.
Diversity isn't just a topic of skin color. It can encompass many characteristics: diversity in lifestyle, opinion, religion, thought, etc.
Diversity isn't just a topic of skin color. It can encompass many characteristics: diversity in lifestyle, opinion, religion, thought, among others. You and your neighbor may be of the same cultural background, but you are probably more different than similar. Think of all the different life experiences that have shaped you. You are, in essence, unique and diverse from anyone else. When I think of my brothers and sisters, I'm amazed at how we can be so different despite having the same parents and growing up together.
There are so many great things to appreciate about our differences. I'll begin with one we can all get excited about: food. The diverse foods and flavors we get to taste is a testament to how wonderful it is to share our cultures and backgrounds. This is more true in the days of quarantine, when our only form of adventure is getting takeout from a restaurant outside of our normal rotation.
There are so many great things to appreciate about our different cultures. I'll begin with one we can all get excited about: food.
In the spirit of embracing differences, we've collected some of the best articles to help you learn more about racism, how to help, and open-mindedness. The way we treat one another is a reflection of who we are and will set an example for those around us, including our children.
Sometimes we don't recognize our own biases. This article goes deep into how racism in America developed and the factors that continue to contribute to it. If you're a psychology, sociology, or humanities buff and want to know why everyone is so mad, this is the perfect article to listen to.
Whether you're a large corporation or a person living in this world, we can all do something big, medium, or small to make everyone feel welcome. If you're itching to help but don't know where the heck to start, check this article out. Think free public education for all children and equal job opportunities for everyone.
Being open-minded is an essential trait for adapting to this (sometimes) outrageous world. Also, in helping us be more accepting of others. Listen to this piece to learn a new way to open your mind, be less judgemental, and actually listen to other viewpoints. Being wrong sucks, but this article will shed some light on how to be wrong more gracefully.
Here are more tips (5 to be exact) on how to be a better listener if you also want to work on that.
Inclusion and diversity are tough but essential matters to tackle. Our society benefits when we have diversity in thoughts and ideas, but they lose their value when we never hear them. Learning more about how racism develops and how we can lessen its grip will be a massive step in learning to value others, their opinions, and our differences.
Once you figure out the steps you want to take to be more inclusive, keep practicing! If you need some pointers to make this good habit stick, try these three simple steps.
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