Well…HATE is a strong word.
African American pioneer Oprah Winfrey and film trailblazer Ava DuVernay sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about their upcoming TV series “Queen Sugar”. Queen Sugar is “a present-day drama about a family of sugarcane farmers in Louisiana” and will include a largely newbie cast and TV newcomers behind the scenes (all female). As we know from her world renown “Oprah Winfrey Show”, Winfrey is all about granting opportunities to new faces.
During their discussion, the topic of Diversity came up. For DuVernay, “Diversity” is no longer her word of choice when it comes to advocating for under represented groups. Instead, “Inclusion” is a better term for people looking to push for change. Her thoughts on the matter have even influenced Winfrey to eliminate the word “diversity” from her vocabulary completely.
Although I understand their thought process, I do not agree the word “diversity” should be eliminated from one’s vocabulary when looking to enact change. I am in no way criticizing arguable the 2 most influential black women / women / people in American history and entertainment (DuVernay is the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award as best director and will be the first black woman to direct a movie with a $100 million budget with Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time”, and Oprah Winfrey is Oprah f**king Winfrey), but I do have a difference of opinion. Diversity simply advocates for more representation from as many groups as possible. It’s a way for organizations and communities to raise awareness of different people’s situations and to make sure all groups are granted opportunities to participate and succeed.
In my opinion, Diversity is the opportunity and Inclusion is the execution.