When Did Inclusivity Become So Popular?
Emmitt James
ewill756@uwsp.edu - Twitter @Emmitt_james

I’m no Anna Wintour, but I know a trend when I see one. Pardon my Ebonics, but when did everybody and they momma become so inclusive?

I don’t knock the effort our campus has taken to promote inclu­sivity, I just wonder if it’s a fad— a “here today gone tomorrow” kind of thing. It has definitely become the “in thing” among the whole University of Wisconsin system.

As someone who loves fashion and gets a kick out of adding to my H&M and Goodwill catalog, I have an acquired taste, and it makes me cringe when people jump on the bandwagon simply because some­thing is popular.

I appreciate the extra tab on the school’s home page, the diversity dialogues, and inclusivity weeks, but it’s going to take more than a school year campaign. Let’s be honest, those are only seasonal like handbags and wallets at ALDO.

Trends change, slogans fade away, and good ideas only last as long as the PR power behind them.

The question is how do you educate a culture about a people they never asked to learn about? Or change the climate of a campus so that no matter your ethnic identity, you feel comfortable?

I’m not naive about where I am. I don’t expect nor am I expect­ing everyone to be all for diversity. At the end of the day, I know this is what I signed up for when I left the city for a small town.

Before you get your panties all in a bunch and find yourself offended by this article, I encourage you to step back and investigate your own motives— both people of colour and allies.

If you still don’t agree, they do call it an opinion article for a rea­son, right?

At the end of the day I don’t claim to know the answer but before we get ahead of ourselves, what more can we ask for other than accountability from the higher ups?

Once we share our stories and strategies amongst ourselves and the powers that be, then we must give it time before we can analyze what is and is not working

Until then, enjoy life and read Vogue! That usually gets me any­way.