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12. December 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Blog Post 4

Kelly Frank

Diversity is often thought as having a mixed group of people; some black, some white, some Hispanic, and some Asian. But diversity is not just about the color of people’s skin. There are many types of diversity: race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, and many more. It is well known that diversity in the workplace can promote more constructive ideas. This is also true in the classroom. With a larger group of people from different backgrounds; this gives other people’s points of views, allowing all sides to be seen. Unfortunately, not all workplaces and schools are diverse to the point where these alternate ideas are made. But when looking at a university the marginalized groups tend to be the minorities in these areas. Not addressing these problems will cause the marginalized groups to leave that university, in turn causes the school to become less diverse. This will cause the university lose the enriched education that is created with diversity. Like most problems in the world today all come from a common source, ignorance.

In an article “Diversity Makes You Brighter” By Sheen S. Levine and David Stark, they ran multiple experiments that concluded with diversity improved many aspects of education. “Diversity improves the way people think. By disrupting conformity, racial and ethnic diversity prompts people to scrutinize facts, think more deeply and develop their own opinions. Our findings show that such diversity actually benefits everyone, minorities and majority alike.” This shows that it is proven that diversity improves everyone’s education. But ignorance leads to hate and diverse groups cannot be achieved all the time.

Another problem that is creating less diverse groups is believing everything everyone says. In November 2013, a Business Administration Professor named Wolfgang Grassl wrote a very strange article titled “Diversity is Not a Catholic Value.” This article was soon featured in some white supremacy magazines. He is explaining how the church does not value diversity. When looking at his article one would think it is a well-rounded and accurate article, but when examining it has many major flaws. He is writing outside of his expertise; he was a business professor talking about a theological issue. That is like a music teacher writing a prescription for one of their students. It should not be taken completely serious, but it should provoke them to look into it. The article also is taking text out of context. He talks how there is no talk about diversity before and after Vatican II, which is true because it talks about unity. Vatican II never says that we need to be more diverse, but it does say we all need to unity together; implying diversity. When someone with this high of stature writes an article, it should be read, but it should be read with a keen eye. People tend to see the author and immediately believe the article is true, which is not always the case.

Going back to the main problem, ignorance, but how can schools all teach the students about the cultural differences? A CNN article talks about a class that if made mandatory can help spread the knowledge of other cultures to people who are ignorant to them. I think that universities should definitely have classes about culture and diversity as mandatory. I know most liberal arts colleges make students take classes associated with others culture and understanding them, but this leaves out many state schools, which is a big portion of schools.

Ignorance to others and their beliefs leads to the hate some groups have for others. This can be fixed if the education system taught students more about the marginalized groups. Many groups and writers try to bring attention to this problem, yielding little change. In an article I read by Alana Massey, titled “Transforming White People Is Not the Job of Minority Students” she explains that it should not be the marginalized groups that have to say there is a problem. It should be the groups that are not oppressed should release the other groups and help them: “But like many anti-racism efforts, it is a well-meaning but ultimately wrong-headed approach that makes white feelings the focal point of discussions about race.” If a group that is not respected brings up that they have a problem, they can be looked down upon even more, or the larger groups many not even acknowledge them. She writes about studies performed that showed more than 56 percent of white millennials believed the government is making a big deal over problems blacks and other minorities face. This shows that it is not just a bunch powerful white racists, it is more than half of white millennials. I believe that people do shy away from talking about important topics that have to do with race, but when there is some type of confrontation between people that are different races everyone believes it started due to the different races. Hence, this is a problem for all of us, not just the minorities.

One of America’s biggest problems are caused by people’s ignorance; hatred for other people based on racial stigmas. The problem is made by ignorance and then the problem causes less diverse workforces making the workforce worse and less educated. In turn ignorance causes more ignorance. In the words of Will Ferrell playing as Jackie Moon “Everybody love everybody.” This is easier said than done, but it never hurts to love.

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