Houston, TX, April 21, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Coach Stringer and the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team are indeed champions, and calling them anything less is unacceptable. The Rutgers Women’s basketball team is multicultural. Yet, the public outcry focused on the African American women. Once again, we as a nation appear short-sighted, and as usual, limited our focus to issues of black and white. Sadly, the derogatory comments, “nappy headed hoes,” became synonymous with African American women in the eyes of the American public. Not to mention how the word, “bitch” (according to dictionaries) is germane to women around the globe. While Don Imus’ comments were despicable, the denigration of women from all backgrounds (and particularly, women of African descent) did not begin with the shock jock’s statements. Nor did it germinate from rap music, or the lyrics embodied in the hip hop genre.
“Let’s look at this issue more holistically, and for what it really is,” said Carmen M. Carter, Founder of Multicultural Women’s Council (MWC), and Host of InsideDiversity-The Power of Intelligence™ Radio Talk Show. From Civil Rights, the Women’s Movement, and now diversity; women have played an important role in the transformation of the global communities where we live and work. Even at the dawn of a new day, misogyny, old challenges, and stereotypes persist which preclude women from breaking barriers and moving beyond current boundaries.
Not only should Don Imus and recording artists be held accountable for their respective behaviors; every individual, organization, and corporation has a responsibility to uphold the American value system. Considering the state of our nation today, no time is better than now. So where do we go from here?
Respectfully, Oprah and a cadre of citizens, scholars, and activists are to be commended for creating the platform for meaningful discussion and resolution. Bridging the divide and finding common ground is clearly the next step.
“We invite the nation to join Multicultural Women’s Council as we embark upon a journey to begin bridging the divide for the greater good of all; and move beyond dialogue to create action plans that are measurable and sustainable,” said Carmen M. Carter. Individuals, organizations, and corporations interested in making a difference are welcome. Please, serious inquiries only.
About Multicultural Women’s Council, Inc.
Multicultural Women’s Council, Inc. is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization. It was established to bring together women of diverse racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds in an effort to bridge the divide and improve the lives of women around the world. MWC encourages membership from individuals, organizations, and corporations throughout the United States and globally.
About InsideDiversity – The Power of Intelligence™ with Carmen M. Carter
InsideDiversity – The Power of Intelligence is committed to providing an electronic venue for practical education and thought-provoking dialogue about diversity initiatives, and the implications for the communities where we live and work. This show embarks on a journey to confront the lack of knowledge by collaborating with a diverse group of experts to share insights, and intelligent solutions to workplace issues, with a focus on cultural competence and challenges facing women.
For more information please visit web site at www.multiculturalwomenscouncil.org. Carmen M. Carter, an international conference speaker is available for interviews. Photos may be requested.