Diversity, Equity, Inclusion are Under Attack
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, something else comes out of the water that shakes everything up. Since the death of George Floyd, we have seen a big push for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). I have seen this in different forms of advertisement, businesses, and even on television shows. The thing I like most about DEI is that it does give certain ethnic groups opportunities that they may not have had before. DEI put pressure on different companies, businesses, schools, colleges, even Hollywood, etc., to be diverse and inclusive to all.
We live in a diverse world, so why not have different entities that reflect that. However, there are a few individuals who don’t agree with this notion. Not too long ago, Senate Bill 17 was approved in a 19 to 12 vote. This bill will require universities and colleges to end their DEI programs and initiatives. It would also ban schools from any DEI training for employees, or asking any DEI related questions in interviews, etc. Of course, legislation has also tied this to funding and schools can be penalized if they don’t comply.
If everything was equitable in our world, we wouldn’t have had a need for DEI in the first place. Those that are against DEI claim that it would turn back the hands of time to discrimination and make certain ethnic groups not feel welcome. Well, wasn’t that the reason why DEI was created? DEI was created so all people could feel included and valued. When we think of DEI, some may automatically assume race. However, DEI also includes gender, political affiliation, social status, sexual orientation, etc. Now legislation wants to take that away. All of this is very contradictory for me. Because getting rid of DEI programs does take us back. It eliminates any little progress we have made in creating an inclusive world for all.
We will never forget the death of George Floyd as I believe his death nationally showcased the state of America when it comes to race, justice, freedom, exclusion, hatred, and so much more. Now it just seems as if DEI was just a check off and not even a sincere push for equity across the board. I believe that DEI should remain in schools. It has done a lot of good and has opened doors for many who may have been overlooked because of their background.
When will we start seeing people for just people? When will we stop making everything political and just do the right thing? As Jacqueline Woods said, “Diversity is about all of us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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