Mar. 7, 2017

Yes, slaves were immigrants, however not in the sense we usually think. Why do people come here? Look at what the Statue of Liberty says, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" What is or are the operative words here? "Yearning to breathe free. Were the slaves free? No. Could they vote, raise their families, work for themselves? To all these questions the answer is a resounding No. Captured, chained and transported was how they got here. Have any other immigrants come to these shores in such a manner? The asnwer again is no. All who have arrived before and after slavery came for a better life not to be chattel. Not to have no say in their lives. Not to be used and abused. True immigrants come because they want a better life. They may come shoe-less, coat-less and homeless but it's their choice. They may come with only the clothes on their backs but once again I say it's their choice. Mr. Carson, no slave ever came to these shores willingly. Think about that. as you continue to tell the world something it knows to be untrue. It's time for truth and I don't see it from you or any other republican at this time. Hope you all wake up before it's too late.

Feb. 25, 2017

Diversity and inclusion are not the same thing. An organization can be diverse without being inclusive. When this happens the old feeling of "the fly in a cup of buttermilk" comes forth.

To be inclusive organizations, groups and schools have to accept cultural differences. These differences must be embraced rather than thwarted. Countries like the United States are not homogeneous. They hav taken in people from different cultures, religions and beliefs. As such it behooves the hosting country to learn about those newly arrived and even those who have lived within their borders without recognition.

The United States has been seen as a melting pot and yet it has also in the past (recent and long-standing) neglected and negated those who do not conform to what is seen as desirable. The United States has decimated the Native People; engaged in slavery; expelled the Chinese; and interred the Japanese and yet it claims to live up to the idea of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." My question is who's life, liberty and happiness?

People have been marginazlized because of race, ethnicity,If gender, disability and sexual orientation. If we live in a country where it's claimed "all men are created equal" then why hasn't this played out in our history? If religuous freedom is guaranteed to all why are some people trying to impose their religious beliefs on everyone.

Inclusion means to me Do NO Harm. How people live; where people live and who they live with should not have to mandated by the government. What we seem to forget is that all of us are immigrants. Some came because they wanted to live free and others were shackled, chained and dragged here to be slaves. However, all now should be able to live freely.

Inclusion means accepting cultural differences and learning about and embracing them. It means finding out the true history of the United States and being appalled at some of its practices.

Inclusion means all are allowed to live without threats, lynchings, or feeling embarrassed because they're culture is different.

So make a plan to learn about others; celebrate their achievements and know we all can be better if allowed to be so.