Diversity: noun, the state or fact of being diverse (NOT determined by skin tone)

Opinion

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Diversity for me isn’t looking different from someone else.

It’s not the way I pronunciate sentences, or how I spell ‘realize’ with an -ise.

I may not look like you, talk like you, speak like you, but to me, that isn’t the definition of diversity. Colleges don’t look for someone who has brown hair. They don’t care how tall someone is. They want kids who think different from others; the ones who notice the unseen. I understand how people consider being diverse by race, but a birthplace or skin color shouldn’t be a deciding factor to determine who someone is.

Culture, on the other hand, is completely understandable. That’s what differentiates people. People see other things, have different experiences, and act different ways because of what they’ve been through. They think differently. 

I read this book a few years ago, called Thirst. The main character was a vampire, but she’s lived for thousands of years, taking on a new identity every century. Alissa was born in India at the start of civilization, but continuously travels around the world. What I found amazing about this was how her race did not define her. She was one race, but many cultures.

I don’t like when people talk about cities being ‘diverse’ because they have multiple races throughout a community. That shouldn’t  be what defines someone. They might all look different, but they could all be the same without their looks. Just like Thirst, unless she stood out as an individual, wasn’t she just like everyone else?

Why should the definition of diverse mean race? Even looking at our society, I guarantee 9/10 people would say the former question is true. Colleges, even. Affirmative action is still used today, and I don’t agree with how this makes anything more diverse. 25% white students, 25% black, etcetera, just so a school could be more diverse? Why not bring in students who like art, engineer majors, and a mathematician? What about kids with different backgrounds?

I say this provides the most knowledge about the variety of cultures in our world, not the color of our skin.

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