Letters to the Editor

We must ask honest questions about diversity

Beaufort Gazette columnist Tim Hager asked a good question Feb. 7: "Diversity: Don't we have a festival for that?"

Yes, Beaufort is a city of diversity and, hopefully, where the intersections of our lives connect, commonality of purpose will be achieved, as Hager suggests.

But to answer Hager's question: Do we have a festival for diversity? I don't think so. Think about it. Look around at any festival you may have attended, any event, concert, lecture or church service, or visit to a local chamber of commerce office. Do you see diversity? Well, maybe you see one facet of it. I guess birds of a feather like to flock together. Is that it?

Money -- or lack of it -- culture, politics, neighborhoods, race and religion all seem to be the wedges that combine to keep us apart. Looking all over the country, or all over the world, it's pretty much the same. A sad commentary, indeed.

This letter is not so much about the answers, but the questions -- questions that each of us must ask ourselves, ask the community in which we live and ask one another. What are the questions we will ask, if any, and what answers will we embrace as we face the future?

Here's one question to get us all thinking: If we did have a true Diversity Festival, would anyone show up?

Michael McNally Callawassie Island