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Everyone has a different outlook on life. And that, in this writer's humble opinion, is a wonderful thing. As far as the T-word, tolerance, we've barely scratched the surface. But there's hope that one day we can not only recognize but embrace the differences, ideas, opinions and cultures other than those within our own individual bubbles. We may not be able to change human nature, but we sure can try to improve the human condition.

click to enlarge Anthony Robb
  • Anthony Robb

Anthony Robb
Machinist
Neighborhood: Fountain

What's the most pressing issue currently facing minorities in Colorado Springs? I'm going to have to say promotion in jobs. That's the biggest one I face. You've got experience, but they always find some need to promote someone else.

What can Colorado Springs do to become more multicultural? In the black community, they have different stuff, but it could be better than what it's been. I don't know exactly what they can do to make it more multicultural.

Who is the best black role model for children in the United States? I'm going to have to go with Al Sharpton. He's a reverend. To me, he's a modern-day Martin Luther King.

click to enlarge Joyce Ervin-Harrif
  • Joyce Ervin-Harrif

Joyce Ervin-Harrif
Consultant
Neighborhood: Sand Creek

What's the most pressing issue currently facing minorities in Colorado Springs? I'm sure education. Education is a major issue not only for minorities, but [the] majority as well.

What can Colorado Springs do to become more multicultural? Colorado Springs is multicultural. Promoting more events that specifically bring us together and highlight the positives of our uniqueness would be a very good step toward recognizing and honoring our diversity.

Who is the best black role model for children in the United States? That's a matter of personal choice. For me, as an African-American, and as a woman who served in the military, I would say Gen. Colin Powell.

Being that your cultural heritage is African in origin, do you prefer to be called African-American or Black-American? There's no difference; it's a matter of semantics.

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  • Robert Foster

Robert Foster
Contractor
Neighborhood: Downtown

What's the most pressing issue currently facing minorities in Colorado Springs? I would probably say that prejudice is alive and well, and that would be their biggest hurdle. That's probably the worst thing.

What can Colorado Springs do to become more multicultural? If Colorado Springs wants to be multicultural, then whoever wants to spread culture into it needs to do that by opening up things to do that would involve other cultures, and then promoting it at that point.

Who's the best black role model for children in the United States? Colin Powell used to be one; I haven't seen too much of him lately. Jesse Jackson is another one.

click to enlarge Sunita Aggarwal
  • Sunita Aggarwal

Sunita Aggarwal
Waitress
Neighborhood: Downtown

What's the most pressing issue currently facing minorities in Colorado Springs? It's kind of hard to describe; [it's] perceptions of other people; hidden prejudices.

What can Colorado Springs do to become more multicultural? I think just having more cultural events, just appreciating other cultures. It seems like the minorities in this town are hidden, and events that encourage gathering and celebration of diversity.

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