If we are members of a dominant majority in a diverse and heterogeneous society, do we extend the olive branch of inclusion to others based on how much and what kinds of similarity we can recognize in them? Do we interpret inclusion as a form of conditional love? The more alike others are to us, the more we like or love them; the less similar they are to us, the less inclined we are to accept them?
In addition, do we publicize statements like, “There is more that unites us than divides us.” Yet, the values, beliefs, and practices we claim can unite us are the ones that we subscribe to and that we have selected for everyone – dominant and non-dominant alike – to uphold. [Read more…] about Emphasizing sameness – the “elephant in the room” of cultural bias.