Letter: We all need to be a little more willing to give diversity a chance


It is the eve of Inauguration Day. Some of us are already celebrating. Others are waiting for to start the party. And then there are those like myself. Who are quietly, thoughtfully, going about our routine while the mind wanders backward to the past, forward to the uncertain future, wondering how and when things went so very wrong. While my lips form yet another prayer, my heart aches as I recall the words I heard not long ago from a fellow American-

“We didn’t vote for him because we love him so much as we just purely hate you guys!”. For at least some, it was done out of spite. No more, no less.

Was it so very wrong of us, to want a seat at the great table of American life? To partake of the fruits of Democracy alongside you, and not have to stand in the shadows watching, or serving as waiters and dishwashers behind the scenes at the feast? To know that we are accepted and valued for our various contributions, and that our skin color or gender or sexual orientation was not something that would automatically make us less-than, unwanted, anathema? Those of you who claim the title of Christian, what would our Lord and Savior say? To me, He told me to love my neighbor as myself. He did not specify which ones.

We are your neighbors. We are your fellow citizens. I would ask you to remember that, and treat us accordingly. And also remember that this current state of affairs, like everything in this world, is not permanent.

Somewhere in our already great nation, our first woman president, our first Latino president, our first Native American and our first gay president, are watching. They are watching, and making plans. Maybe when their time comes, we will all be a little more willing to give diversity a chance, willing to at last value a person for the character of their heart and the value of their experience.

Or so I hope and pray.

Desiree Valenzuela



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ItsyBitsySpider 2 years ago

Tell me, Desiree, would Condi Rice have been your President? If not, why not? She has all the attributes you deem important for the Chief Executive of the United States of America and leader of the Western World.


Deva1961 1 year, 12 months ago

There's a whole lot of important things that go into the making of a good president. I'd be very much interested in reading about her platform, and listening to her speak, did she ever choose to run. One thing for certain, I would not disqualify her for any reasons other than character, honesty, experience and ability.


nutso_fasst 1 year, 12 months ago

How many artificially-defined racial and sexual identity groups do "we" owe a presidency? When a white female, one of the 7 subgroups of Latinos, a member of one of the 566 American Indian tribes, and one of the 48 non-straight gender options have had their turn, what then? Aren't Semites (a genetic/cultural/language group that includes both Arabs and Jews) due a turn? How about Asians, of which there are at least 20 subgroups? Should every cultural/racial subgroup also include every gender group?

In this Trump is right. Only those who self-identify as Americans are qualified to lead the United States of America. Not gender, nor race, nor creed, nor color should be an issue. And throughout the current political turmoil, let us not forget that orange people are a minority.


Deva1961 1 year, 12 months ago

you're right.I neglected to mention Jews, Asians, and Arab-Americans. Thank you for pointing that out. It's not an "artificial definition" if the people choose it for themselves. If it's okay for Polish-Americans, German-Americans, Italian-Americans et al, it's okay for everyone. About those orange folks though...yeah. They're a minority of one. Let's keep it that way.


nutso_fasst 1 year, 11 months ago

The first woman to run a winning presidential campaign answers questions from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...">https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...


Deva1961 1 year, 11 months ago

Kellyanorexia enjoys the job of spewing those "alternative facts", AKA baldfaced lies.