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  • Nisha Vida

    Firstly, I am absolutely fascinated and excited by this news and the potential for world change that it bears. So, thanks for reporting and engaging with this issue! Will spread the word.

    I would like to add, however, an observation that people of color were the first to live and cultivate this land, and that they have lived on this land as long as white people (who, presumably, are the group not included in the term 'people of color' aka POC). For this reason, I think that there should not be intimation that radical change is coming to people's neighborhoods, as the statement that POC are the 'new majority' arguably suggests.

    What IS certainly demographically shifting is the ability of POC to earn higher education degrees, and participate in upper level management, teaching, academic research, and professional work generally in the US. This is a shift that has happened primarily post Civil Rights era, aka in the last 30 years, or so. (Altho a tiny handful of POC have historically held such positions of power also, overcoming great obstacles in daily life). This demographic shift includes increasing POC in public office and financial institutions. This means that including POC in the dialogue of political and economic decision-making in this nation is changing/has already radically changed.

    But this is a good thing. The opposite of that -- white people -- actually, white men -- primarily holding power and shaping major institutions, our laws, academic discourse, media, etc. was apartheid. Is apartheid. We are still living in a world feeling the tentacles of an era of racial segregation. Having a representation of as much of our nation/world's people in seats of power means greater diversity of ideas. And everyone knows that diversity of ideas is crucial for, well, everything.

    For example, Monsanto makes a cloned monocrop -- the millions of acres of Monsanto fields are all clones of a seed. But the genetic modification process ironically requires genetic diversity. To produce the best seeds, you need as much choice of strong genes available as possible, which can only be ensured through great diversity.

    Nature is diverse. The peoples of the Earth are diverse. The US is diverse.

    If this proposed political opportunity has the potential to enhance equity and justice for POC, and all people, of America then thats potentially really awesome. :)

    Thanks for sharing the info!

    • Danielle Beavers

      Hi Alessandra,

      Thanks so much for your response and support. I'll be sure to connect with Shari. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like some resources so you can write a comment of your very own!

      Best,
      Danielle

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I'll be honest I'm not sure if I have a personal story to share, but I know Shari does. Let me know if you do connect! I believe I connected you guys on Twitter too.

    • Phyllis Wade

      I am sorry I posted on this thread still learning how this works.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        No problem! I can explain a lot about GOOD and how it works if you want to email me at alessandra[at]goodinc[dot]com. Happy to help with any questions or feedback.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Hi Phyllis- this links out to a medical petition- just making sure that you didn't mean to link out to something else related to this cause, which focuses on inclusion of diversity in the workplace. Feel free to share your peition as a DO though!

  • Michelle Rojas

    Sent out an e-mail today. Thank you for making me aware of this issue.

    • Danielle Beavers

      Thanks Michelle. So happy to hear this was of interest and that you're getting the word out! Please let me know if I can be helpful in any way or connect you to some resources if you'd like to get involved and submit comments.

      Best,
      Danielle

  • Rodrigo Mejia

    Thank you for this article. Having the correct information is just as important as having access to it. Let's ensure our policy makers have in their hands what is needed. Please, for anyone who wants to submit their comment directly, you can send them here:

    Email: regs.comments@occ.treas.gov

    Mail: Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Mail Stop 9W-11, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219.

    Fax: (571) 465-4326.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219

    Thank you again, Danielle.