The melting pot
No I'm not talking about the famous restaurant chain. I'm talking about this community that I live in at the moment. It's true that I've lived in some diverse societies in the past, but nothing beats North America in this. These are the societies that almost have no indigenous population claiming everything for them selves or asking the world to give tribute to their achievements. Everyone here is a citizen and everyone here is welcome -sort of-
I know ..... I know ... what people are saying about how the US and Canada are also racist countries. That might have some truth to it, but still way less than I've ever witnessed anywhere in the world. A Palestinian map-jewelry and a Megan-David (star of David) can be sitting next to each other. Talking, laughing, sharing, working just about everything. And in complete peace. I know each one might think uneasy. But over here, everything seems to dissolve..
Many of my colleagues don't hold the same beliefs and convictions that I have, yet we're completely discouraged from showing our personal convictions by law! And any "bigot" acts that are not related to research or work or the likes that might affect other people's emotions will have adverse consequences that will induce a disciplinary reaction up to dismissal from the job (regardless of the position). Simply because, no matter how important the position is, no company would dare face the public as an anti-anything these days. It's devastating to their image which will eventually reflect on their bottom line. In other words, it will affect them financially
It appears that the workplace (and universities) have become the spear head of diversity, where anything else is punished severely. Which made people think and learn to leave their differences and issues outside. Leading to what I hate to admit but it's a level of normalization that no matter what we do, we can't escape. If you want to live in the west, you have normalized, you have been forced to, you really have no other alternative!
I'm not saying that the minute you come here you throw all your ideals and beliefs out of the window. You can keep them and continue to support all your causes as long as you keep it, Peacefully and completely out of the work place!
That's not a very pleasant situation as you can see. But the silver-lining to this issue is simply that no one else can do this to you. No one can come to you and say, hey you "whatever"! The minute they say that, you can invoke your rights and get them to normalize-back!
This will never wash out all the rats living inside some of the really old conflicts, where a lot of injustice has been dealt to so many. But it will keep the demons at bay for the best interest of the work. And maybe, just maybe ... help teach people how to live together.
This is one of the things I learned and loved in this place