Why is diversity important? No, seriously, why? Why don’t we want our kids to grow up exclusively in homogenous communities and attend upper middle class schools with people who are the same color, with the same speech patterns, the same median income, the same political affiliations and religious convictions? Why is a difference of opinions, values, race, creativity, ethnicity, economics, religion, sexuality, political action, and community sensibility vital? Points have counterpoints. Balance requires motion upward and downward before holding the middle.
We all need to hear opposing viewpoints. We all need to have our privilege checked. Poor isn’t synonymous with dangerous. Rich doesn’t mean moral. Compassion never has a particular complexion. The upper class isn’t better than the rest of us, they just have more resources, which means their lives are frequently easier, which means they should spend more time around people who struggle to be mindful of the responsibility of privilege. We all share this planet; what are you doing with your hundreds of thousands, your millions, your multiple properties? Who the fuck are you to judge the community where kids are celebrated and nurtured and protected whether or not those kids’ parents have chosen to buy new cars?
We need to be around people who disagree with us. People who challenge us. People without our prejudices. An exchange of art and language, the sound of people expressing alternative ideas, differences of culture and background, these are the things that keep us from being warlike, from being righteous, from resisting the poisonous conviction that we deserve these things over here and everyone else be damned.