Diversity Is Beautiful

Diversity Is Beautiful

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
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Discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on grounds of race, age or sex, etc.

Discrimination shows itself in multitudes of forms across the world; people discriminate typically against people, things or beliefs that are different than their own. Maybe it's because they don't understand the differences, maybe it's because they're afraid of the differences or maybe it's because they don't care to look at the beauty of the differences. Living in a world where everyone looks the same, acts the same, believes in the same things, would be such an uninteresting, mundane world to live in. Regardless, discrimination is wrong in every aspect, and I never quite understood it. I just can't seem to wrap my head around why people wouldn't want to see a world that is diverse.

Diversity: the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.

To me, there is nothing quite as beautiful and special as a diverse group of people. Now, if why I think a group of diverse people is wonderful is hard for you to wrap your head around, think of it like this and hopefully you'll understand.

If you're looking at a large flower garden, would you notice an individual flower if it was the same type, shape, color and size as the rest of the flowers surrounding it in the garden? Chances are, you wouldn't be able to greatly appreciate an individual flower because it simply was just the same as all the rest.

Now, imagine another garden, where each flower was different than the others surrounding it; the flowers were all different sizes, colors, shapes, and they all grew in a different way. The garden makes a stunning array of colors and contrasts, and you can always find something different and unique about each individual flower.

The first garden represents what people see when they discriminate against others or different ideas; they see one shade of color, only one size and one shape. They see a garden with the same type of flowers – still pretty in their eyes, but not very outstanding or unique.

The second garden represents what people see when they appreciate and encourage diversity – different colors, different shapes and different sizes. They see a garden where the flowers grew in their own individual ways and blossomed into their own unique flower, yet each and every flower looks great standing next to a flower that is different than itself. It's almost like each flower is saying, "Yes, I'm beautiful, but look at how beautiful I am paired with the flower standing next to me."

Diversity in people is something that is much more beautiful to me than any garden could be. Diversity in people is when groups mix with each other, despite skin color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and act as a whole group. It's when the group realizes that strength lies in their differences, not their similarities. It's when differences are appreciated, respected and encouraged. It's acknowledging the hard times and struggles of each person in the group and working to understand their feelings and their past to make changes, so the same struggles do not occur again. Diversity is loving one another based on who we are on the inside, not what we look like on the outside.

We are all people, and we all deserve to be loved, understood and appreciated.

Love does not discriminate.

Discrimination is ugly. End it. Stop it. Fight against it.

Diversity is beautiful. Embrace it. Encourage it. Fight for it.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela



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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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I Want My School To Be As Diverse As Their Advertisements Claim They Are

Several campuses pride themselves on a wide range of individuals who attend their institutions, but what is the reality versus the things we see?

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When deciding on a college I wanted to know what I was going to be getting myself into for 4 years. I watched so many videos of Boise State Universities campus to find out what I had to look forward to. I was from a smaller town in Southern California so I was very used to the amount of diversity in my school and basically whole life at that point. I am a White Mexican-American female and while growing up in my city, I was a part of the minority of white individuals. I always wanted a campus who would represent me, or I could see myself at. I looked at so many ads before I did a campus tour and looked at stacks of brochures scattered across my room with my sister. I saw people who looked like the friends I had throughout my life, my family, and most importantly myself.

I took two tours of the campus and noticed that there was a lack of the people I saw on the brochures on the actual campus and city. I walked around only really seeing individuals who were white. I drove the 14 hours back home and continued to think about how I didn't see the diversity that was advertised in everything I saw from the university. It wasn't until the big move-in day that I realized the lack of diversity I was experiencing in the staff and the individuals I shared classrooms with. When you check the university's website you can see the numbers and the lack of diversity.

  • American Indian/Alaska Native — <1% (118)
  • Asian — 2% (595)
  • Black/African American — 2% (425)
  • Hispanic/Latino — 13% (3,243)
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander — <1% (121)
  • Not Reported — 4% (914)
  • Two or More Races — 4% (1.079)
  • White — 73% (18,612)
  • Nonresident (International) — 2% (433)

The numbers I was seeing wasn't matching the things I was seeing around, and it wasn't until I conducted my own research and interviews with my peers that I noticed that I wasn't the only individual that was craving more diversity on campus. Other students wanted to more people who were like them around campus. Boise State University is not the only campus that will push diversity when its really to only meet their quota. Students who transferred from Arizona State University also mentioned to me that they face similar issues and feelings around diversity from their campus. I want to bring the topic of diversity to many of the student organizations on campus to help our voice be heard for a want for a more diverse campus.

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