|"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." -- Audre Lorde
Our Dead Behind Us Quotes. goodreads. Lorde, A. (1994). Our Dead Behind Us: Poems. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
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Diversity. (2008). In W. A. Darity, Jr. (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 419-420). Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. Retrieved from http://www.gale.cengage.com/gvrl
Other thoughts on the meaning of "diversity"
"It’s very important to note that the terms 'diverse' and 'people of color' only make sense in a Western context. In America and Canada in particular, the latter term has gained widespread use. It simply refers to the groups of people who are ethnic or racial minorities in countries that have a majority white population. Saying 'people of color' in countries like China or India where ethnic and racial diversity is less common doesn’t make sense like it does in Europe or America. People from such countries may not understand 'diversity' in the same sense that western countries do, where it usually means the inclusion of marginalized voices into mainstream discourse. --Naz @ Read Diverse Books (http://readdiversebooks.com/what-does-the-term-diverse-mean-to-you/)
While blog readers generally agreed with parts of this definition, one replied "Your definition of diversity is spot on to me. I think that you can use the word diverse outside of the West though. The beautiful thing about diversity is it can apply to religion, sexual orientation, thought and ideology, or even different ethnic groups within a country."
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