“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”
– Jacqueline Woodson
Diversity has passed through various phases, sometimes of hurt, segregation, and oppression, and other times of admiration, excellence, and respect. In the past years, diversity has been a highlighted focus in areas of business, politics, and personal interactions. There is a growing desire for small diverse businesses to be a part of the global efforts of large corporations and government agencies to build communities. However, these efforts do not seem to be highlighted as much as the negativity and degradation placed on those of diverse backgrounds.
It is time to place differences and hatred aside and focus on the positive engagement and love towards one another as human beings – all working on bettering ourselves to build a greater world.
Do not shape your views of diversity based on the racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds of people, but recognize that through differences we can complement who we are for a greater community. When we partner with those whose strengths are our weaknesses, we complement each other into a better being.
We must remember that everyone is a minority somewhere in the world. Once you leave your native country and enter another, you become part of the minority. We are all created by the same Creator, and were all made with diverse traits.
I challenge you to reach out to your friends and family with a background, different than your own, and tell them, “We are all on a journey of life; so, let us figure it out together.”.
In the spirit of love, I encourage you to realize the potential our world has to walk this path of life together; no matter the diverse background.
By: Samuel Lowry, Marketing & Communications Manager