Appreciating our common humanity
Despite the differences, one important thing we all have in common is that we are human. We might also have lots of other things or qualities in common with each other such as liking the same kind of music or enjoying similar types of food. People can belong to the same faith or cultural group, or belong to a community they identify with based on their life experiences. We can build new connections with people with similar or different backgrounds and experiences. That’s what “Bridging Diversity” is all about.
People use different terms to define their ethnicity and racial identity. It is important to be culturally sensitive and aware, and to take the time to learn and understand what each term means. There are many resources online to help us understand the language of equity and diversity. Below are some links to resources and tools on-line that can help you expand your knowledge of diverse experiences.
People associate skin colour and physical features with particular races. But it is important to understand that we are all part of one race which is the human race. Racial categories are not based on science; they were created by people in the 1600s and were used to justify slavery and discrimination based on race. But racism and racial inequality still exists and has a harmful impact on our society. Human rights laws help protect people from discrimination based on race and ethnicity.
Video Discussion Questions:
Now that you’ve watched the video, use these questions for personal reflection or to facilitate a discussion with your team:
- What do you share in common with the people in the video? What can you relate to based on your own lived experience?
- “We are more alike than we are different.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
- What can we do to promote empathy and kindness in our spaces and communities?
Printable handouts and activities
Continue to step 3: What can we do to make it better for everyone?