The dictionary defines the word diversity as “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements; the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization”. To me, diversity is individuals coming together no mater their ethnic background, religion, or any other defining term. I feel diversity is very important because it shows that no matter how different people may be, they are coming together in unity. They all share something in common that brought them together no matter how much their backgrounds seem to push them apart.
Judgement based on looks, ethnic background, social class, religion, etc., is far too common in today’s society, yet we all do it. Like in the video, most people who would see that man on the street would make snap judgments about him and his character and his morals. Without even trying to get to know him, he would not be given the chance to explain himself or give others an idea of his values and beliefs.
I don’t really know what cultural group I would identify with. Being a white, middle class American I feel I am in the “majority”. Sometimes it is hard to know where I fit in, especially at this stage in life. I am Catholic so I identify with Catholics and other Christians. There are many negative views associated with Catholicism and sometimes when people find out that that is the religion i practice, they make snap-judgments.
Like everyone else, I do tend to judge a book by its cover, but seeing the video really put it into perspective. I judge a persons character based on their morals, values, and how they treat others. The most important thing is to really get to know a person before you put a label on them or judge them too soon. It is important to stay open-minded and give people a chance.