Good News happens: another media outlet, this time an major one, bans a team name from its coverage. Congrats to the Washington Post for taking a stand against the Washington, D.C. NFL team name. I am issuing them a challenge: ban all racist team names and logos/mascots from their coverage, in all media outlets. That can be good important news.
To the team owners: if you are concerned over possible peer pressure criticism at the rarefied heights you each live at why not be leaders in those circles? Change the conversation, start with the small comments, move to the larger forums and then if need be use social pressure to create change rather than reinforce the status quo.
Exploiting indigenous identities for profit is not a credible or smart position to hold in the 21st century. Do you really think Native Americans have forgotten the past? I know they have not. The world has not forgotten. People everywhere do not ignore indigenous tribal realities today. They shape America, they shape our world, they shape your lives.
Diversity Now is complicated. The latest research shows just how complicated. Various ethinic groups see diversity differently. However all research shows diversity strenghtens all decision making in all group and at any levels.
Does diversity start with different genders?
Does it take simply members of different sexual orientations to create a diverse environment?
Or does it need those of different ages?
Of does diversity require both men and women in positions of authority?
Or does it require different backgrounds?
Or does diversity have to have those of different nationalities?
Or does it build from those with different skin colors?
Or does diversity require those who are rich and those who are poor?
Or does it call for those with different religious beliefs?
Or does diversity at all levels need all of the above? Reality certainly holds all of the above.
The first Native American female federal judge…..the third Native American federal judge ever. A step, a small step, but in a good direction. Diane Humetewa can begin to draw attention to all Native Amerian issues simply by being visible. Of course more needs to be done, everywhere.