TCG's 2012 Young Leader of Color, Malcolm Darrell, responds to Drew Barker's question on diversity and inclusion.
"How do institutions and artists negotiate between sincere attempts at 'bridge-building' and creating productive 'multicultural' explorations without falling into the potential traps of audience pandering or cliché?"
Working Past Assumptions/Breaking Through Bias
First and most important, we begin by acknowledging that we (institutions and artists alike) have cultural, religious, gender, racial prejudices the moment we meet someone who does not conform to our prescribed world of comfort. I too as a black man with my liberal backbone and conservative tendencies, often check myself regarding thoughts and assumptions I make about people and their journey. To answer the question more specifically-
In closing, like any change in life, it all begins with an initial step. My hope is that after reading this the process has begun.
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