“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
When we have the time and energy to establish open and honest dialogues around the theme of Racism, we must first account for the subject of Racism and Multicultural Awareness which is a means by which we increase our ability to examine values, habits, customs and life styles that were initially strange and unfamiliar to us. This examination is an intentional process and can sometimes be painstaking if one is not ready to address Racism and how it impacts our awareness.
Next, we must establish Multicultural Knowledge of Race so that we can understand and develop an attitude of tolerance for whatever race or difference we confront. This increase in knowledge of other races is at the heart of seeking to understand other races so that one may know and seek to know and understand others.
Finally, we must become aware of Multicultural Skills about race that are developed once we apply our awareness and knowledge creatively to interact with people whose race may be different from ours.