Radiation Oncologist, Department of Surgery, Southern Medical Program
In 2022 inclusivity and acceptance are still not the norm in society. Bias displayed as divisiveness, discrimination, animosity and intolerance is more easily encountered by the prevalence of social media. How we relate to others is initially influenced by our family and community. If we don’t lay the foundations for inclusivity, compassion and respect early our youth are exposed to negative information from “influencers” without tools and knowledge for critical evaluation. Encourage children to ask questions and be curious regarding aspects of diversity of culture, sexual orientation or identity, race or disability. They ask from innocent desire for knowledge, not discrimination.
We need to break our own biases, share the knowledge and experiences we have gained before those biases are passed to yet another generation.