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.
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.
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.
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.
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?