After this divisive and polarizing election season, one thing is clear: Now more than ever, we need to celebrate the diversity in our nation and our communities.
“I can imagine nothing more terrifying than an Eternity filled with men who were all the same. The only thing which has made life bearable…has been the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe.” – T.H. White
It is clear that some of the rhetoric during this campaign encouraged an ignorance about various ethnic groups and religions. It also empowered white-supremacists and gave a voice to those who exploit minorities, as is evidenced by the increase in hate crimes and racist incidents since the election. This must be rejected and battled at every turn.
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We need to use our knowledge to educate people about different cultures and beliefs. We need to show them the beauty of a diverse society; the strength we derive when we all work together to solve problems. We need to support those who are struggling and fearful, and show them that they are valued, appreciated and heard.
Join us as we launch our non-partisan campaign to Celebrate Diversity!
What can you do?
- Share your thoughts and ideas on our blog, or via Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #CelebrateDiversity.
- Post your beautiful images of diversity on Instagram. Share your videos about diversity on YouTube.
- When you need encouragement, look at the images and ideas that others have shared.
Celebrate Diversity – Resources
For ideas on celebrating diversity, and teaching children about other ethnicities, religions and cultures, take a look at some of our ideas on the subject, and share your own with us!
- 10 Tips on Celebrating Diversity this Winter Season
- Teaching Tolerance in Turbulent Times
- 5 Fun & Easy Ways to Celebrate Diversity
- Understanding and Appreciating Cultural Differences: Tips and Free Lesson Plan
How are you educating others about diverse religions and cultures? How are you supporting children (and adults) who are anxious and fearful about their future?
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