The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect.
It means understanding that each individual is unique,
and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along
the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs,
political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration
of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.
It is about understanding each other and moving beyond
simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the
rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. In the short film, The Butterfly Circus, many forms of diversity are brought forward. The main character in this video is Will. He was born limbless and lived in despair as the “star” performer of a sordid, traveling circus sideshow. However when the Butterfly Circus came through, things turned around for the better. The Butterfly Circus didn’t have a sideshow, because they focus on inspiring and awing the audience. Will was full of self-pity, but little did he know, the Butterfly Circus was full of people that had different hard ships and the Circus focused on the good they possessed. As Mr. Mendez says, “The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.”
I’ve dealt with diversity in my life in many instances. One instance that diversity really showed up was in my yearbook class. We had to make sure there were pictures of people from every culture on every page. Another instance of diversity was the cheerleading team. I never wanted to try out because I thought I would be too tall, however the squad needed to be diverse in height so all the positions could be filled safely.
We all deal with diversity in everyday life, whether it’s deciding what type of cheese to put on your sandwich, to dealing with the ups and downs of a multicultural relationship. Some diversity situations may be more complex than others, however it is something...
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