How we celebrate diversity

Definition of Diversity:
"The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual".

Doc over at The Country Fair asks the question "How do we celebrate diversity"?

We celebrate it by living it

(don't mind the thing on Cimions face-it's on the picture)
Here's our family (in 2003) in a picture taken at our adoption celebration at The Hilton
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We adopted our children as a sibling group. Yes, that's correct - they're biologically connected to each other. Most people think that because Shawna is white she's our biological daughter and that we adopted only Cimion & Jacqueline.

My beautiful children can teach the world a lot about diversity and understanding. They accept (or don't accept) people for who they are based on the type of person they are on the inside. They challange people to look past differences and find a common bond.

Take a look at the faces of the future generation. These three children will grow up to be adults that will not tolerate bigotry and prejudice.

Shawna: Age 12:

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength"- Maya Angelou

Cimion: age 14:

“I feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart by it's own greatest strength--it's diversity” - Melissa Etheridge

Jacqueline: age 8:

“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day"-unknown

PS: Don't forget to submit your unschooling posts to Unschooling Voices. The next one is coming out July 1. :-)


dharmamama said...

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Joanne said...

Thank you! I'll answer it this week and let you know when it's up. :-)

Crimson Wife said...

Your children are indeed beautiful! Thanks for sharing :-)

Joanne said...

Thank you! :-)

jugglingpaynes said...

Hi, I found your blog from the Country Fair.
You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing these pictures!

Peace and Laughter,

Joanne said...

Hi Christina! Thanks so much! We appreciate it. :-)