By Dr. Andrew Calhoun, Ed.D.
Special for the Milwaukee Times
As a nation that is full of immigrants, except Native Americans, one should be grateful for the freedoms, privileges and opportunities they have. However, the greatest nation in modern times continues to struggle with issues along the color line. Even with the advancement in modern technology, sciences, research and health care, achieving diversity in the work place, corporate board room, classroom, political office, administration, and even in the neighborhood is a problem.
Over the centuries many people of color in America have died defending the basic core beliefs of freedom and the promise of the land they love. Many put on the uniform, march in the streets and participate in political campaigns, even when they were mistreated and were denied basic human rights. Additionally, they endured being mislabeled, misguided, abused, left behind, non-renewed, omitted, pushed out, disenfranchised, and looked down upon. They believed in the promise of America… and that promise was more than the weight of gold.
America is becoming a more diverse nation; just look at the last presidential election. Diversity won the day and sends a message that has to be heard. And with each passing day the world as we know it has become flatter, more diverse and integrated. Overcoming the issues of diversity is a goal for leaders, CEO’s, administrators, and businesses that get it and understand what the big picture looks like. The future is about diversity and it is about the world and no one wants to be left behind. For it is also a world of innovations, ideas and solutions. The public and private businesses, organizations, communities, schools and colleges who don’t get it or want to accept it will be left behind. Diversity is here… and here to stay.
In the movie “The Color Purple” (1985), Ms. Celie, (played by Whoopi Goldberg) is about to leave and travel with Shug Avery (played by Margaret Avery), when her husband, Albert (played by Danny Glover) appears and tells her… “…look at you. Your black, you’re poor, you’re ugly, you’re a woman, you’re nothing at all!” In response, Ms. Celie, while looking up to the sky… makes this statement …“I’m poor, black; I may even be ugly. But dear God! I’m here! I am here!
So… let’s pull off those shades and see the real world… it is a world and spectrum full of colors.
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