A THOUGHT ABOUT "INCLUSION."

The nationwide conversations going on about "Inclusion" are really discussions about power and presence. Who gets to make choices and decisions, and who does not - and why. "Inclusion" is also a discussion about "exclusion," whether that circumstance is deliberate, happenstance, historic or systemic. One way or another, the abuses of inclusion/exclusion must end. Only when the question of who sits at the table is answered honestly, fairly and with concerted determination on all sides, will the issues of what is History, what is Culture, and whose History and whose Culture, be properly addressed. Inclusion is also about access because, in the end access is about the ability and inalienable right to define, and that is more than just a moral or legal or semantic argument because we are going to the core of the full expression of citizenship in this or any country.

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