Coining “Diversity” with Chief Red Hawk

October 16, 2007 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

For Chief Red Hawk, diversity can be seen as two sides of the same coin.  Where many might see only differences, he believes similarities also play into an understanding of diversity.Red Hawk Coinage

Red Hawk was the keynote speaker Monday at Iowa’s Mosaic Diversity Conference in Des Moines at the Polk County Convention Complex.

For Red Hawk, differences and similarities help to define what diversity means.  He said that any time two people are standing next to each other, there is diversity because no two people are exactly alike.

His inclusive framing of the politically-correct buzz-word helped many in attendance understand that diverse relationships can mean more than simple differences in skin color or gender.

Red Hawk is a North Carolina Cherokee, related to the Oklahoma Cherokee.  He noted with a smile that the two geographically-separated Cherokee groups generally dislike each other, but because they are the same tribe with different histories, they illustrate his point about similarities and differences being two sides of the same coin.

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