Diversity training is a good start


Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 1:38 a.m.
Thank you for your excellent editorial of May 25 ("The price of silence") which included recognition of Beverly Daniel Tatum's book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
I had the pleasure of reading her book last year and found it to be well-researched, very thought-provoking and quite emotion-provoking as well. It is ludicrous and sad that, in the 21st century, many of our non-white friends and neighbors are still not able to enjoy the simple right of feeling safe and respected in schools, neighborhoods and work places.
Yes, scholastic success and economic success begin at home. Good care at home starts with one or more adults in the home with good parenting skills and adequate income. Adequate income includes jobs that pay at least a living wage, preferably with health-care benefits.
I applaud our city commissioners for supporting enhanced diversity training for all city staff. It's a start in the right direction.
Carol Gordon Gainesville

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