Special 2016 “Alan Harrison’s Birthday” Edition: Pack Up the Babies and Grab the Old Ladies – And an Easy-To-Fulfill Wish List
I was born on May 14. Conceived on a hot August night. Neil Diamond would’ve been proud. He was old enough to have a kid then, so…who knows? Brother Love? Are you my papa?
From him, I want flowers.
From you, I want (this is your cue):
- A 137-word card. ( <–Yes, that’s a link.)
- Share your favorite 137 Words post with your social network (that’s “share,” not “like”).
- To join a great company with a great mission. In Seattle.
- Health for The Kid.
- Guidance for The Kid.
- The love of my life to be happy, fulfilled, and curious. You know who you are.
- The ability for you to guide your favorite nonprofit to safety, security, and success.
- Brilliantly measurable missions, better than you believe you’re capable of.
- Complete, successful execution of those brilliant new missions.
- Pie, not cake.
Arts organizations challenge, reflect, and engage. They don’t solve.
And remember, race is only one small bit of cultural diversity, not all of them. Just as the opposite of love isn’t “hate,” but “indifference;” the opposite of diverse isn’t “white,” but “homogeneous.”
I read a political blog recently about the Democratic Party presidential race. What troubled me were these words:
“What I’m crossing my fingers for is that in ten years or so we’ll get… a young,
charismatic democratic socialist who runs for president. (Preferably this
candidate would be a woman or a non-white person or, ideally, both.)”
Isn’t that parenthetical statement just as intolerant as one where “not” had been inserted after “would?”
Diversity isn’t only about race or gender or any of myriad other categories. It’s about power, shared equally, with specific impact.
What I wanted to write:
“What’s your definition of non-diversity? Is it…
If so, then the following list might represent descriptions of who divert from your implication of what is normal:
Black. Yellow. Red. Brown.
Amputee. Physically handicapped.
Wheelchair. Cane. Crutch.
With service animal.
Diseased. Cleft Palate.
Dyed. Kinky-haired. Carved.
Tattooed. Branded. Freckled. Pimpled.
Toothless. Bandaged. Pierced.
Orthodontia. Glasses. Hearing aid.
Asymmetrical. Wrinkled. Ugly. Malodorous.
Muslim. Jew. Buddhist. Hindi.
Bi-polar. Depressed. Anxiety disorder.
Blind. Deaf. Mute.
Homosexual. Bisexual. Pansexual. Transgendered.
Therefore, in answer to your question…yes.”