Diversity...

So What

What's the big deal about diversity, diversity, diversity?  Some people are tired of hearing about it or want to puke at the thought of it.  Here is why diversity is so important.  The last 50 years of the twentieth century were spent determining what type of democracy America was going to have.  What would be the values that would shape our nation for the next 100 years?  Would we be a society that is literally beholden to the letter of what is written in the Constitution, free speech, free religion, all men and women are created (and therefore treated) equally... or would we be a nation where colonialism would prevail, i.e. the founders never intended for non-land holders to exercise any real power and rights under the Constitution?  America addressed all of these issues in the 60s-70s and ended state-sanctioned segregation, and Jim Crow laws; gave all ethnic minorities and women the right to vote, the right to choose what to do with their bodies, and pretty much said that every citizen has a rightful claim to these rights with a full-throated affirmation by the majority of the American People. The 2016 election cycle wasn't so much about lost manufacturing jobs as it was about reversing the perceived rate of social change.  "Make America Great Again" or "Make America primarily White, heterosexual-male, Christian-led again?"  The Trump Campaign did a very effective job of using coded language to speak to an audience of middle Americans who (for whatever reason) felt unrepresented.  The Democrats failed to expose this thinly veiled play at Middle America's fears by not condemning the Republican Party for abandoning the middle and working classes in the previous eight years!

The main reason America didn't have a full economic recovery was because Republicans obstructed Obama at every turn of his economic recovery and spent eight years trying to defund the Affordable Care Act, A.K.A. "Obama" Care.  The GOP was so busy in fact trying to make the Obama Administration fail, they had no time to advance policy or legislation to help middle America.  This neglect was evident once Republicans were in complete control of the government.  Despite having a majority in the House, Senate, and owning the White House, the GOP still could not come up with a healthcare plan they could agree on themselves, let alone achieve bipartisan support or sell to their constituents; they hand't done their homework in eight years of Obama bashing.

The 2016 Presidential Election was a referendum on social change.  To some extent Americans who voted for Trump were saying, "I'm uncomfortable with the way the country has changed and I'm not ready to embrace a woman as President."  Despite President Obama being infinitely qualified and having left the country in far better shape than he found it, a significant number of Americans felt disassociated with President Obama and didn't feel a connection for Hillary Clinton.  That is not to say that everyone who voted for Donald Trump is racist or sexist, but they weren't bothered enough by his racist or sexist comments not to vote for him. The Aim of project diversity is to provide a counter narrative to the pushback against social change, to be a forum for candid discussion on these issues and to get people politically involved.  The stakes are too high to remain on the side line.  I will remind everyone that protest alone did not change laws in the 60's and 70's.  It was protest, collaboration, and civic organization!  That change is inevitable and not always permeant... That which is legislated can be un-legislated.