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
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.