Diversity training Monday

A local diversity group looks to engage residents interested in a more welcoming community.
Krystle Wagner
Oct 26, 2013

The Diversity Initiative of Northwest Ottawa County will host the first of three opportunities for residents to learn about racial bias and its origins. The hour-long lesson starts at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Program Room A at Loutit District Library.

Two more sessions will take place, one at noon on Nov. 19 at Loutit District Library, and one at 8 a.m. on Dec. 12 at Spring Lake District Library. Although the sessions are free, attendees must register by visiting the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s website.

Gail Harrison, executive director for the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, said in order to be a more successful and inclusive community, residents need to get involved.

She said they need people who want to learn what gets in the way of best intentions of being a welcoming community.

Harrison said the voices of residents who value diversity needs to be louder given recent acts at Grand Haven High School, when two female biracial students were racially intimidated, and at a Grand Haven apartment complex where someone painted a racial slur on a wall.

“We need to drown them out,” she said.

Harrison said if it isn’t part of residents’ morale code, it should be part of understanding economic sustainability for the country.

By 2018 or 2019, more people of color will be in the work force than Caucasians, Harrison said.

She noted that limited interactions with people of different backgrounds doesn’t change the stereotypes presented in media.

“We need to quite thinking people of color create community dysfunction,” she said.

To read more of this story, see Saturday's print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

Comments

unclejoe

We need only be kind and understanding as they are driving through town. Keep moving, nothing to see here.
'There are only two things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures... and the Dutch.'
Insensitivity can be most amusing, comrade.

chopper4444

Nice jab!!
Why attack when a serious issue is being discussed.
You sound like a sad and previously dejected person.
Sorry you were mistreated.

bigdeal

Be sure to send a photographer, Trib. Will be interesting to see how many think this is even an important enough subject here to attend. The two incidents mentioned were not recent, unless over a year ago is recent.
"If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much"

christopher

Harrison said; “We need to quite thinking people of color create community dysfunction,”

Who exactly thinks that ... other than groups trying to justify their own existence and cause distrust and panic in the community.

chopper4444

Rather than "diversity training", 1 issue I have is LEARN the language rather than demanding others to sympathize and "deal w/ it".
I have -0- problems with any ethnic groups, especially when I can speak with them in English.
I have already learned another language w/o living in France. Unfortunately, maybe I should be required to learn Spanish or ghetto???
There are a lot of people out here that feel the same way.
Have language training. Not demanding others to accept "your program".

sirhansalot

"Chopper"..... unfortunately for you, you cannot fix stupid. For "bigdeal" and Christopher ....“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
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bigdeal

"unfortunately for you, you cannot fix stupid", sirhasalittle is proof positive of that quote. It's tongue in cheek Homer, get over yourself and show up at the meeting. We will be watching for your picture as one of the dozen attendees (I might be high on that number). Uh-oh, think I just set myself up.

christopher

Sir ... I simply quoted the organizer in the article: Harrison said; “We need to quite thinking people of color create community dysfunction,”

My question ... which no one seems to want to answer is who actually thinks that way. The organizer says it as if the "community" feels that way. I do not know anyone personally that feels that way. I am not saying that there is not someone that does, but I have not run across anyone. I know for a fact I do not believe it.

It is interesting that these types of quotes seem to come from those who directly benefit from this type of nasty thought (by helping them to promote their own organizations).

Let's calm the nasty rhetoric and lets be civil. Nothing is gained by holding the whole community hostage to the misconceptions of those that want to promote dysfunction to satisfy their own role in the community. I believe this group could potentially be a positive force in our community if they would stay focused on the real problems instead of stereotyping and showing prejudice against our entire community.

LessThanAmused

Wow Chris, you rock! Couldn't have said it better myself, or even as good....

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