It’s time to evaluate our values and priorities, ask difficult questions, and have open minds & hearts so we can embrace inspired solutions. It’s time for moral courage. It’s time for cultural transformation.
The transformation we need won’t happen without a commitment to inclusivity & belonging. Diversity isn’t enough.
When the goal is a caring, just, inclusive world, the contrast of What Is is evident: Othering. To work toward #UnityInDiversity we must recognize and face our propensity to see people as The Other; as “those people”; as less than or, worse, subhuman and of less inherent value and worth because they are different from us in some way and don’t belong to the same group(s).
We must learn to see ourselves in one another and strengthen our empathy muscle.
It’s time to take a definitive stance, not only FOR inclusivity, diversity and belonging, but AGAINST RACISM and the many manifestations of BIGOTRY. A clear, visible anti-racism, anti-bigotry — NO OTHERING — position is vital.