When it comes to success, many organizations and institutions give lip service to diversity. It’s listed in their mission, vision, and as a core value. But when it comes to diversity in their higher echelons, the proof is NOT in the pudding. Women fair better than racial and ethnic minorities, but overall we still have work to do.
One of my great friends, claims at some points racial and ethnic minorities will soon out number white, non-Hispanics in the U.S. According to him–as a result of these population trends–the balance of political power will shift. Wishful thinking on his part as well as mine.
When reality sets in, I’m concerned. Many racial and ethnic minorities aren’t involved in the political process. In fact, we have to encourage many of them (us) to vote. We’d be delusional to think at a point hordes of minorities will throw their hats in the ring.
With visual images such as this continually being planted in the minds of young men and women. We have our work cut out for us.
Call me oversensitive, but when I look at this, I see a black man falling down in the rear. I see a woman running, in clothes minimally appropriate for the work place, especially as the leaders of the pack are in professional business attire. Note the brother in the back also lacks the appropriate attire.
Whether this was deliberate or purposeful, someone developed this and many other saw it and failed to recognize a problem. If American institutions are going to live up to the diversity they herald as a beacon of light (or hope), they will need to become more cognizant of the perspectives of their citizenry.
This post especially stuck out to me when I was going through your blog because it fails to establish the success of minority groups. Diversity in America is praised by others outside of this country but the truth still goes unseen. Before I read this post, I tried to really look at the picture and try to understand what the connection was to the title. I was able to notice the black individual struggling at the end of the race. This got me to think right away that this was intentionally fabricated. After reading the post I had not even noticed the other details from the image that you had stated.
As I am of indian descent I can understand what you are saying by ethnic minorities not being involved in the political process. Orlando for example has a massive indian community and yet many of the families I know of still don’t go to vote. It is true that all minority groups are having a greater presence as the years pass by and all ethnic communities need to be active in our country’s politics.
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Clearly the female and male in the back are struggling just to be in the position they are in. While the two males in the front of the finish line look as if they had no problem getting there. Ironically, as it may be, this is a good representation of the professional world.