Apparently, Cheerios “went biracial” and I missed it.
The company produced a tv commercial featuring a family with an African American male, a white female and a biracial child. Even though I had seen the commercial, the thought never crossed my mind, until I read about it in The Big Tent by Advertising Age, which features opinions on diversity and inclusion, as well as my weekly print issue of the magazine.
You can google the topic; there are plenty of people talking about it. I would like to add my voice and ask that you add your voice via this post as well.
I am a tremendous advocate for embracing life’s journey and using that to create, share, articulate and define your unique voice.
We all deserve to have our voices heard, whether we are at work or at play, as long as respect for others undergirds the sharing of the narrative, as well as listening to the narrative.
Different viewpoints provide us with educational moments and to hear and see things from a different point of view with intention. Where I believe the line gets blurred is when the dialogue occurs without respect for the contextual.
Perhaps, but here’s how I see it: Having a respectful dialogue in the workplace about your decision making on how to address an organizational problem or perhaps a project that might be informed by your gender, race, age and/or life experience is a good thing.
I work with a team of fifteen and we couldn’t be more different. I do believe we talk, share, engage and listen. With respect.
The same goes for personal situations. Say you had a backyard barbecue and the topic of the Cheerios commercial came up. In the space and place of friends – and once again with respectful dialogue – all opinions and viewpoints should be engaged and entered into.
This is something I actually enjoy and seek out because it’s how I learn, grow and evolve.