CHAPTER TWELVEDoesn’t Understanding a Difference Mean That I’m Accepting Something That I Don’t Necessarily Support?

Dear Diversity Diva:

I’m sorry, but there’s a point where, even as a manager, I’m just not going to accept certain kinds of people. They may have the legal right to do certain things, but I don’t approve of it and don’t believe that I should have to accept them. Don’t I have the right to not like or even accept everyone?

Signed,Rubbed Wrong by Having to Rub Elbows with Some

Acceptance Starts After Perception

In the November 2008 election between Barack Obama and John McCain, the United States elected its first black president. The country—even the half that didn’t vote for the eventual winner—collectively patted itself on the back ...

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