Last week I offered an opinion that I thought Starbucks had it right and I feel that the Richmond region and this country would benefit from having a conversation about race. I said that I would follow up on some questions we might ask as part of that discussion. These questions are directed to you whether you are black, white and any race or ethnicity.
Here are a few that come to mind:
Do you see strength or weakness in racial diversity and inclusion?
What are the benefits of diversity and inclusion?
Does race matter to you when considering who you might date or marry?
Does race matter when you consider where you might live?
Is it due to race or culture that Sunday mornings in most churches are still not very diverse?
Does the discussion about race make you feel uncomfortable?
And one last question:
If you were in a restaurant and suddenly you were choking and not able to breathe, would the color of the arms and hands trying to save your life matter?
Personally, I have benefited from having conversations about race. I believe that in order for us to continue to grow and strengthen as a region a healthy discussion about race does matter.