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Focusing on the Marginalized: Representation and Application of Diverse and Inclusive Philosophies in Systemic Frameworks and Institutions – Reflection and Commentary

INTRODUCTION (Full Text Available at the Link Below)

The problem and dissection of pain and plight in the Americas is the subject of various conversations on race, gender, orientation and otherwise. From educational institutions to primary care providers, and every imaginable place in between, there is a sense for life and livelihood to be hanging in the balance for the marginalized. Why, one could ponder for centuries which lives hang in the balance and when. In fact, whole charts of information could be constructed and deconstructed, at various points, without losing grip on reality or losing faith in a cause or group of persons. However, this problem of pain and plight persists with or without the allotment of another.

For myself, the problems of various isms are fresh and readily available. As an African American, as an LGBT identifying man, and as an impoverished person in America, I’ve seen and experienced the exact sting that comes from a lackluster philosophy of diversity and inclusion. Within the context of conversation, I have seen the failings of structures necessary for the creation of healthy philosophies that protect and provide for ethical and equitable treatment. Likewise, I’ve witnessed the implementation of poor philosophy that doesn’t work for the good of the marginalized, creating imagery that could be superimposed onto items like affirmative action. In knowing this, I face a series of contemplative truths that must be held in order to continue.

The problems of race, of gender, of sexual orientation, of class, of culture, and so on continue without formal need for change or introduction into discussion. Unless, of course, thoughts and preconceived notions are actively addressed and processed by participants in discussion. In the current context of the United States, there is a divisive nature around these various isms that should be addressed as well. This stems from what Bell and Roth could perceive as the problem of Racism for Blacks. This also stems from what can be perceived as an aversion to difficult conversation. A lack of central terms that are properly defined and kept consistent have not been respected or held. (By clearly defining terms, I will attempt to avoid this mistake.)


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