A Photographic Celebration of Diversity

Diversity is a beautiful thing. Human beings come in so much wonderful variety. I wanted to do a post to celebrate the lovely women of all ethnicities who have graced my camera with your beauty and your poise.

As I write this, our nation is divided in the aftermath of the Charlottesville tragedy. A woman was killed and several injured when a white supremacist drove his car, Isis-style, into a crow of protestors.

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I defend the right of all Americans to express their views, even white supremacists whose views I find repugnant and against my values. The First Amendment does not only apply to speech that I agree with. It’s just so sad that there are people out there with so much hate in their hearts, particularly people who tout how they are Christians.

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I wish our country could rise above hate and violence. And see that we are all human beings, no one better than anyone else. I desperately want America to live up to its stated values of tolerance and inclusion.

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I love that America is a melting pot of different people. I love what immigrants bring to our country: energy and ideas.

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America is constantly changing as new people arrive and the people who are here become aware of their rights and their potential to become exceptional despite some people wanting to make it difficult for them.

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People all over the world are beautiful. And our differences make us unique and wonderful.

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I’ve had the great privilege of collaborating with people of various backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and so on.

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I enjoy learning from their experiences as I try to understand people and make new friends.

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There’s so much we can do, so much we can learn from one another.

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I like seeing beyond stereotypes. It is always dangerous to make hasty generalizations about any group.

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As a white Southern male, I worry that the rest of the country assumes I’m some dumb redneck who is prejudiced against those who look different than myself.

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We must recognize that the actions of white supremacists are driven by fear. Fear of losing status. Many people are hurting in our country. I pray that we can help those with hate in their hearts to open their minds and shed themselves of this fear and loathing.

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I suspect that some of them have never even left the area where they live. They’ve not yet experienced the outside world.

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I try to judge people by their actions, not by things they cannot possibly control. That extends to the people who were raised to hate.

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To quote the “Birmingham Pledge”: “I believe that every person has worth as an individual.”

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“I believe that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race or color.”

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“I believe that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is harmful; if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others.”

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“Therefore, from this day forward I will strive daily to eliminate racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions.”

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“I will discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity.”

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“I will treat all people with dignity and respect; and I will strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.”

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These are the words of Attorney Jim Rotch, a client and friend of mine. They seek to reduce prejudice and increase an appreciation for diversity and inclusion.

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Sharing photos of beautiful women of color… well, I guess that’s one way to get the attention of someone who possibly has hate in their heart but an appreciation for the aesthetic value of a beautiful woman.

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I hope that everyone reading this post will open your heart and your mind, walk a mile in the shoes of someone you fear or hate — do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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There are so many different kinds of beauty.

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Beauty goes beyond age, body shape, etc. Beauty standards are always changing with the times.

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Diversity makes for a much more interesting life. It fosters creativity and innovation.

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Research has proven that people who have a lot of diversity in their lives (who know a lot of people and different activities) are happier.

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Every woman should embrace the essence of her inner unicorn, and every photographer should have a range of these beautiful and magical creatures on their team.

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As the father of a teenage daughter, I hope we are moving past sexism. We might not be in the days of Mad Men where secretaries are given names like “honey” and “darling” but sexism hasn’t diminished — it’s just more concealed.

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In conclusion, thank you for viewing this gallery devoted to diversity. It is one little way I can try to help battle hatred, bigotry and violence.

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My genuine and heart-felt appreciation to all of the models who have posed for me. I celebrate you!

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