Yep, it’s Diversity Month, which means we can get together and talk about race (yeah right) beyond just black and white (bwahahahahaha).
I know, we never do. When Americans talk about race they talk about blackness. When Americans talk about racial problems they talk about the issues between black and white. When we discuss how far we’ve come since civil rights we look at African American progress.
And since I’m African American I guess I don’t mind too much, but there’s more to race relations than the civil rights movement of the 60s and the two years of white guilt that followed. Diversity month is a chance for understanding and exchange; we are a diverse country with all races, ethnicities, and religions who call the U.S their motherland. We’re neighbors, coworkers and with the spike in interracial marriages, we are also family. It’s time we start making connections and find commonality in our differences.
So find a diversity event that is happening in your area although there might not be since Diversity month is sandwiched in between Women’s Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage month and it’s just too much observance for some to take. But don’t let that stop you from gathering some friends and strangers together to create your own potluck or salon. The month is only 31 days long, so you might want to put a step on it.