By: Leticia Latrice
Have you ever been the only person of color in a room and had to become a representative that answers every awkward question about your culture? Are you tired of having to be the one to correct the stereotypes that people have in their head about black people? Yes, this can all be exhausting. Some people say they are so tired of discussing diversity and why can’t we move past that? Then, ask yourself are you willing to stand by and watch your people be misjudged? Do you think it is acceptable for someone to say ALL black men are savage thugs and ALL black women are welfare queens? If this doesn’t make you comfortable, then there is still a need to talk about diversity. Here are 5 reasons why we should never stop talking about diversity.
- Do Not Become Complacent and Think Society Accepts You for Who You Are
Thank goodness we don’t live in the days of slavery and Jim Crow. If there were not conversations about diversity and equality back then maybe, we still would be. Just because racism has been watered down over the years, doesn’t mean that it has disappeared. As we can see we are still suffering from racist attacks on our culture, but in a new era and a different way. It is nice we can share bathrooms and eat at the same restaurants. It is sad you can’t walk to the store with a hoodie on or get pulled over without the fear of being shot in front of your family (RIP Trayvon Martin and Philando Castile).
These incidents have been a wake up call for black people to realize things haven’t changed as much as you thought they have. So please be mindful that diversity is something that keeps the conversation alive to make necessary changes in America.
2. African American Voices Still Need to be Heard, Not Drowned Out
You have to honor the revolutionists and black leaders that spoke out about racial injustice over the past century. You would not be living the life you do and be able to blend into society, if it weren’t for them. They had the uncomfortable conversations diversity to demand respect and equality for you. Just because things are more comfortable now, doesn’t mean the conversations should be over. There is room for much improvement in America. So the discussion about diversity should never stop.
3. We Need to Take a Stand for Our Children’s Children
You have to help make living in America better for your children, than it was for you. If diversity continues to make positive changes in society, like it has in the past. Then the country can keep evolving in a positive manner and become better for your children and their children.
4. The World Needs to be Enlightened About the True Nature of African American Culture, Not What Media and Society Says
Diversity helps to create an awareness of the true nature of a culture. Society and the media create a false image of the African American culture. Diversity helps to combat inequality and help black people represented in the right way.
5. We can talk about everything else, but nobody wants to talk about diversity.
Many people love to talk about sports, the Olympics, drama, reality TV and Empire. People can easily discuss these topics, but say they don’t want to talk about diversity. The less we discuss things of significance, the less change is being made. Diversity is a real issue that should be talked about more than The Kardashians.
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