I wanted to share with you a new revelation I had on D&I. Diversity and Inclusion is not just a business practice or an indication of one’s character or beliefs. I have come to the conclusion that D&I is just a fancy name for Civil War II. The United States of America is at war with each other. The recent election to and what is currently trending in politics reveals that we are at war. Unfortunately, the LGBT community, people of color, people with limitations (disabled), advanced aging, low-income families, prison population, and women are losing this war. Our biggest enemy happens to be the Commander In Chief.
As a D&I expert, I ask myself, “What would it take to come back and win this war? What will it take for equality to reach every nook and crack of this country?” I have to be honest it’s not going to be easy. One of the secrets to winning a war is to clearly understand why you are losing. We are losing because we are seeking equality on a personal level instead of a corporate level. We are all on the same team but trying to score points only for our personal status. People of color have their agenda, the LGBTQ community has their own agenda, disabled individuals have theirs too. We are forgetting one important thing: equality isn’t about one’s agenda; it’s about everyone’s rights. All disenfranchised groups and their allies have to unify their passion and resources.
In order to win this war, we have to come together and fight for Holistic Equality. People of color have to fight for the disabled. Women have to want to see the LGBTQ community have the freedom to be who they are. People with limitations also have the ability to make a difference for women in this country. When we stop fighting for ourselves and start fighting for Holistic Equality, the war will turn around. We will be victorious, everyone from the backwoods of Mississippi to the Oval office in the White House will have to retreat.
I want to be on the front lines of this war, however, I can help. Whatever I can say or do, I’m willing to do my part in this war. But I need your support. I need you to help me get on the platform and on the front lines of this war. By using me in your own organization, by referring me to another organization or donating to my nonprofit organization that allows me to reach out to the world. I really hope to hear from you soon. Let’s live our lives unconfined, of biases, stereotypes and preconceived notions.
We are 3 months away from October, which is National Employment Disability Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity for me to speak to your place of work. Just pass my website to them, www.christophercoleman.net. Thank you for trusting me on the front lines and allowing me to speak to your organization:
-Virginia Commonwealth University symposium on September 26, 2017
-McDaniel College Diversity and Inclusion lecture on October 10, 2017
-Ahold/Delhaize Diversity and Inclusion program on October 24, 2017