One of the best things that Rick said was how "journalism opened up the world for" him and took him "to views and places I have never been."
Many people, including Rick, have blamed the news media for its own lack of diversity and and a lack of decent coverage over minority issues.
Others have pointed the finger at the minority people and their own priorities for education.
Still yet, teachers and college admissions have been taken to task.
I can see all of their points. Yet at the end of the day we should all step back to look in the mirror and examine our own efforts to support diversity in all its forms. Rick spoke several times of how he had support from peers and mentors to help advance him in his career.
We can learn so much from one another and although we can agree to disagree, we need to takes those first steps and reach out to people who are different than we are.
It's a whole new world. Want to come along?
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