Cyrus Webb reviews Demystifying Diversity

When it comes to the topic of diversity it can honestly go in so many directions. What I would say about Daralyse Lyons’ new book Demystifying Diversity: Embracing our Shared Humanity is that she strives to break it down to more than a US against THEM and see the why.

Through the interviews and her own personal observations we see how being singled out or labeled as impacted others. It also does something I wasn’t expecting. It turns the tables repeatedly on the reader, forcing us to ask what would we do or who would we be. In horrific events in history would be the one who was the oppressed or would we be the oppressor? Would we stand up for what is right or will be stay by? These questions are difficult but necessary if we are going to see things really move forward in a positive (and productive) way.

There’s another thing that Daralyse discusses in the book that is sure to step on some toes. I know it did mine. That being the words we use to categorize things, like being “good” for eating a salad or “bad” for not. The impact of what we say as well as what we do can impact the way people see themselves and feel about themselves.

Bottom line is we’re ALL a work in progress. This book challenges us to identify the work we ALL have to do and get about doing it.

Demystifying Diversity

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It can be difficult to find reliable information that amplifies the voices and the viewpoints of those who have direct experience dealing with diversity, equity and inclusion. In Demystifying Diversity: Embracing our Shared Humanity, Biracial journalist Daralyse Lyons has interviewed more than 100 individuals—academics, politicians, thought-leaders, advocates, activists and even an incarcerated inmate—and reveals her most important information and insights. By engaging with this text, you will find areas of human intersection and connection that challenge your biases and break down your barriers. Through empathy and understanding, we can create a more inclusive world.

"The work of any reconciliation along the lines of the basis of identity requires vulnerability, a vulnerability that we are told is not of value to the American way of being."
-- Paul Reese, Master of Divinity, Yale Divinity School

"Exposure and practice prepare people for unpredictable racial moments."
-- Dr. Howard Stevenson, director, Racial Empowerment Collaborative

"We are siblings in humanity. No one has superiority over another, except by their character.
-- Nihad Awad, executive director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations

"In the present—and correcting the ills of the past—our public policy needs to always move towards equity. If we can do that, I think, as a society, we're going to get better."
-- Senator Sharif Street, third senatorial district of Philadelphia

Learn more about the Demystifying Diversity project and podcast at DemystifyingDiversityPodcast.com and connect with the author at DaralyseLyons.com

From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

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