By Chelsea Long
“Everyone’s different.” “God didn’t want to make everyone exactly the same.” “We’re all special.” Have you ever heard any of these sayings before? As young children, most parents try to deposit the idea in our heads that we are all diverse and discrete. Sometimes, however, some don’t seem to get the memo. As the United States changes, more and more people must receive this with an open mind. Diversity and change are inevitable and we must learn to accept everyone.
So what exactly is diversity? It can also be said that diverse means variety, assortment, or a mixture. Basically, it means that not everyone is the same gender, race, religion, etc. The United States is known as the “melting pot.” People of every race have moved and will move here. This is changing the face of our country, whether we realize it or not. Jobs are put in use by foreigners who seem to do the work more effectively. The United States is becoming more and more populated with immigrants. However, as bad as these things might sound, there are benefits of being a melting pot of people and culture. One of these benefits is that people everywhere should learn to accept others as they are.
Throughout history, prejudice against diversity has never been pleasant. One example of this is Hitler’s Concentration Camps. Several people suffered and died, simply because of the fact that others could not accept them. Jews, homosexuals, and gypsies were some of those that suffered an awful fate. The world then couldn’t see why they should accept these people. They did not embrace them with a loving heart. Another example is the Civil Rights Movement. The unfair treatment of African Americans in the United States during the 1960’s was simply because of the color of skin. In Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, he says, “I have a dream that one day people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their...