Unity in Diversity

Carol A. Hand

Métis, Melungeon, Mulatto
Mixes of many nations
Often shamed and assigned
To societies’ lowest stations

Sometimes produced by conquest
Other times by choice
Signifying shared humanity
Giving diversity – a unified voice

It’s time to stand together
Clothed with wisdom and pride
Leading the way to understanding
Overcoming distinctions that divide

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Photo: Embroidery by Carol A. Hand

Descendants of the rainbow
No matter the circumstances of birth
Regardless of the names assigned
All beautiful humans of immeasurable worth


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24 thoughts on “Unity in Diversity

  1. Beautiful, Carol.

    Some years back, I read an article that your poem reminded me of. It was about how the entertainment industry – movies, TV, advertising – had increasingly shifted their preference for actors, actresses and models to those who are “ethnically ambiguous.” They were choosing to use people whom almost anyone could very easily and immediately identify with.

    If the person in the movie, program or ad can be quickly identified (even if inaccurately) and pigeonholed as Black or Hispanic or Swedish or Native American or Asian or whatever, there is always a risk of turning some viewers off or even against whatever was being presented, whether for sale of for their viewing pleasure. But if it is impossible or at least very difficult to determine the race or ethnicity of the person, and if they offer hints of various ethnic characteristics to become aware of, then there will be wide appeal because anyone can easily choose to identify with the person without discomfort or conflict.

    All of us are a blend. Most of us have genetic hints of almost every so called “race” in our cells. While some may have a smaller selection, no one is “pure” anything – except Human. Well, even that is somewhat open to question according to the reality that has relatively recently been discovered: that we host a microbiome, the individual members of which greatly outnumber the cells in our bodies that carry our own DNA. And we actually depend to a great extent upon maintaining a healthy, balanced microbiome for our good health and well-being; we couldn’t survive without them living within and on us.

    So, there is great hubris in considering one’s individual self as being part of any “pure” racial (or other) group, which means that our divisions and separations, our disassociations and rejections, based upon our perceived differences are quite arbitrary and artificial, based more in our limitations of perception (which are mostly self-imposed) than upon any actuality. In truth, we are all animated star dust; clay imbued with the Mystery of Life. We’re all in this Life together. All beings (not only human beings) are intimately and inextricably interconnected and interdependent.

    All of us are more the same than we are different. In our deepest essence, we are the same. What we share in common is of far more significance than are our individual differences. The essence that we share is what can unify us and give us strength and endurance as a species, while our great diversity can greatly enrich our Life experience and expand our ability to take care of our needs and increase our ability to lead rich and fulfilling lives. Yet this will be true in actuality only if we can learn to see and understand ourselves more clearly and embrace each other, as well as our totality, more fully.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and discussion, Carl. You have covered so many important issues that relate to mixed ancestry and the superficial differences that still result in structural discrimination. I am grateful to you for adding so much to this discussion 🙂

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  2. “Descendants of the rainbow
    No matter the circumstances of birth
    Regardless of the names assigned
    All beautiful humans of immeasurable worth”

    Beautiful, Carol! This is the garden we all need to get ourselves back to!

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  3. Beautifully written. Your posts always cause me to sit back and think, reflect, ponder… Your voice from the margins does have an impact, I know it has impacted me profoundly. I don’t know how I found your blog but I am so glad I did.

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    1. I mean, seeing a video on their blog http://ps22chorus.blogspot.ca/ I’m encouraged that children of all kinds of ethnic groups are singing together happily setting a good example of mutual respect and love. Now, for my personal and educational taste, I just wish they were being trained in classical music 😉 but I’m glad to see them working together nevertheless. 🙂

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      1. Thank you for the link 🙂 I need to wait until morning to listen – it’s past my parakeets’ bedtime so I can’t play music until morning – but I look forward to hearing what the choir is singing…

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    2. Thank you for your important insights, Hildegard, and for sharing information about the multiethnic choir. Music does touch us deeply – the harmony created inspires and unites people.


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