In honour of Black History Month, this article’s focus is set on the idea surrounding diversity and why that matters. In fact, let’s start off by acknowledging that we should always be speaking about diversity regardless of the occasion.
The issues with diversity prevail to be an issue amongst society and more specifically the workplace. The lack of equal job opportunities and treatment amongst the workplace continues to exist due to people’s lack of willingness to accept diversity. For instance, from surveying a group of a total of 3,736 professionals from all races, diversity appeared to be an issue in the work sphere. The survey demonstrated a lack of diversity in the workplace considering only 8 per cent of white-collar positions were black. Truthfully speaking this issue appears too frequently within the work sector where certain races are deprived of opportunities simply due to their race. In fact, this survey can only provide us a glimpse of the issues regarding diversity amongst one sector in society.
People fail to acknowledge that diversity matters regardless of what specific occasion we’re celebrating or what specific sector we’re talking about in society. Acknowledging the importance of diversity is acknowledging the fact that everybody within any community deserves to receive equal opportunities. It matters because humanity cannot function solely based on working together with a select group of people from a particular background. Diversity allows people to recognise the different heritage we all have and come from. It allows us to build a community, bring new ideas and outlooks on life from different experiences. Promoting diversity allows society as a whole to move away from the backward thinking ideologies and negative stereotypes that had been prevalent for centuries. How can humankind as a whole progress when some continue to be fixated on showing aggression and denying inclusion of particular members of society?
It seems as if I have been attacking the idea of a lack of diversity within society (which I strongly believe that it has a long way to go in order to achieve equality amongst all races). But it is important to recognise the efforts of big and influential organisations such as Dove, who promote the use of models from all types of ethnic backgrounds and simultaneously promote diversity not simply through ethnicity but also body types. However, this isn’t enough, we should encourage more and more companies to promote ethnic diversity as they continue to be under-represented. As I am writing this article I am continuously exposed to new articles and statistics of the lack of diversity amongst all aspects of society; the main topic here was to explain why diversity mattered. In all honesty, we shouldn’t be asking this question as I believe it should be a fundamental human consciousness to have, which is to include all people from all backgrounds simply because we are all human.
To wrap the article I’d like to share a few quotes that resonate quite well with me and on the topic of the importance of diversity.
“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s
uniqueness.” -Ola Joseph
“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds of creativity, must remain at the center of what we do” -Marco Bizzarri
“To get real diversity of thought, you need to find the people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation”” -Adam Grant
“When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be
deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.” -Ava DuVernay
The quotes above simply round up what I have been insinuating throughout the article. Diversity matters as it brings people, creativity and new outlooks on life altogether, without diversity how can we truly live our lives to our fullest potential when we’re not engaging and accepting people from all walks of life. Therefore, please don’t disregard the importance of diversity, or move away from the topic after Black History month is over, let’s continue to speak out and work together to combat the issues surrounding diversity.