, Research Paper
“I looked up the road I was going and back the way I had came since I was not satisfied I stepped off the road and created a new path”(Maya Angelou) Humans are more alike than unlike. Once we in America grasp this concept only than will we began to create a new path for the world we live.
Many times the word diversity rings in my ear like an annoying telephone that I do not want to answer. Sometimes I feel as we are caught up in a diversity scandal: attending diversity days, diversity workshops, and taking diversity classes just to say we are trying to do something about our racial problem we have in America.
Personally I had to step away from these things to re-evaluate my beliefs and values about my fellow brothers and sisters of my world. I was one of those people who was caught up in the going to the workshops and doing the training’s and not doing the work within myself. I had to realize that humans are more alike than unlike. When I truly adopted this concept and lived it I finally began to accept that in order for us humans to live together we have to trust, accept and honor one another.
Commitment starts within yourself. Once you commit yourself to a cause such as diversity it becomes necessary part of your life just as eating and sleeping. Finally when I figured out it was not the talk but the walk that made the difference I became more
passionate about my cause. Being passionate made it easier to tell people what diversity and multicultralism was and what it meant to me. You can talk to you are blue in the face but what you live is truly how people learn, we learn through example. I learned a long time ago that I can not save the world but if I reach one person and they change their ways that one person may reach 10,000 others. That is what fighting for equality means to me. Truly that is what this game is all about changing lives and realizing you may never change the lives of the masses but you continue to fight for equality through diversity.
I have dreamed of a world where everyone is equal and I have accomplished in my world this very dream. However, when we in America get and live this concept I have continually talked of throughout this essay only than will there ever be true change in the equality of people in our country. We can not make people understand this, we can only teach it, what people do with it after they learn it is entirely up to them. I think this is where many people mess up because we are teaching the concept that humans are more alike than unlike but we do not live this concept. You have to work to do the work.
We have a long way to go in order for all people to become equal in an institutional racist system but we have come a long way and the struggle will continue. One day I know my daughter will live in a world where the texture of her hair and the color of her skin does not matter when I do not know. One thing I do know is I must continue to live my life treating everyone fairly and equally so I can pass it on to her and she can pass it
on to her children or friends this is how a cycle continues. So eventually America will be one where every one has equal status.