Diversity and Inclusion in Micronesia

Did you watch British Prince Harry get married?  Do you remember the Bishop that gave an awesome Sermon that day? Well he was in Guam recently talking about Diversity and Inclusion.

Perfect timing

I don’t know about you, but I think this was divine intervention.  Check out the story from the Guam Daily Post.  Here are some highlights:

“Love God. Love your neighbor. Love yourself.”

“Nothing less than human civilization itself, nothing less than the very survival of this creation, this world itself, depends on our capacity and willingness to be truly inclusive and to affirm our diversity.”

And my favorite:

“It’s not rocket science. The choice is ours. Chaos and human self-destruction or community, life? That’s the choice before the human race,” Curry said. “We need to learn to live together.”

So true Bishop.  We NEED to learn to LIVE TOGETHER. In Guam, Hawaii and elsewhere.

Another sign for diversity

Just this morning, a producer from the stream on Al-Jazeera tweeted me.  The producer wanted me to provide some input on the hashtag #BeingMicronesian.  Apparently they will be running a story on Micronesians living in Hawaii and elsewhere in the United States.  If you haven’t already, check out the #BeingMicronesian thread on twitter.  It is very revealing.

So that’s another positive sign that the counters from this blog to misleading editorials, and all the negativity on social media towards Micronesians is gaining the attention of people outside of the Pacific.  This is good. We need awareness of these issues. We need to push the conversation to the front of the world. It’s happening!

We are fortunate in so many ways. We have our nation, our people, our culture. We live in an age where we can reach out to hundreds and even thousands of people through the internet. We have a voice. Remember that. You have a voice. Use it to spread love and peace, for meaningful change, to progress, to connect and collaborate.

The Federated States of Micronesia is DIVERSE. We come from a nation that is made up four different island groups, four different languages and cultures. Hell, the entire Micronesian region is the same. Diverse as hell! Let’s remember that.

Diversity and inclusion is nothing new to us in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshalls or even the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It’s a fact of life. We’ve had to learn through the Spanish, Germans, Japanese, and Americans. We continue on today.

See you on my next blog, podcast, or on the Micronesian News Broadcast.

 

 

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Author: patpedrus

I am here, you are there, we are one.

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