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How to deal with diversity and individual differences

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The earth was not a birthday present nor an inheritance to one race. It belongs to us all, and every  single person, irrespective of their nationality, race, religious beliefs, gender, and sexuality has the  right to feel comfortable and safe in their country, city, neighbourhood, and within the four corners  of their home. The world is neither white, black, brown, red, yellow, nor orange. It’s a big bowl of fruit  loops with milk, delicious blackberries, and other divine assortments.

Where there are different colours, there’s diversity, and where there’s diversity, there’s bound to be either acceptance or racism.  I don’t know who you are or where you’re from, but I hope your actions and ideologies champion the  former and not the latter.

Accept that diversity is here to stay

The first way to deal with diversity in the workplace or community is to accept that the world will  always be filled with different people from different cultures. We’re all trying to leave our mark, find  happiness, and live our best lives. No one should be forced to hide who they are and their heritage  just because it makes others uncomfortable. I can’t imagine a world where we all have the same  colour, beliefs, culture, and speak the same language. How boring that would be! Diversity is beautiful.  It’s the thing that makes society progressive, smart, and advanced. Let’s keep it that way.

Respect the people around you

I make this statement often and to this day, I stand by it. “It may not be possible to love every single  person you encounter. But I believe it’s possible to be respectful of their existence, views, and beliefs.”  We may agree on very few things or nothing at all, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t be objective,  open to new perspectives, and learn to criticise or debate in a constructive way. Keep in mind that our  cultural backgrounds and life experiences affect the way we view the world, so while some may see  the world as a beautiful place, others may feel the need to protect themselves from it.

Educate yourself

In recent news, Donald Trump and Fox News described the thousands of immigrants heading towards  the Mexican border as an invasion, when the fact is that they are normal people with defenceless  children fleeing from war, suppression, and political and economic issues. Instead of showing  empathy, some began to feel threatened and afraid of a hypothetical invasion. This scenario explains  the importance of being proactive and educating ourselves on the issues we don’t understand. Don’t  form opinions that are not fact based. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek clarifications.

Show love and empathy

The fact that one group’s problem doesn’t affect you doesn’t mean you can’t be supportive of their  cause. Let’s fight for each other and march with our brothers and sisters. After all, when our skin  colour is taken out of the equation, don’t we all bleed red?

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