Unfortunately, diversity is not appreciated well in our world today. Actually, it is pretty much the opposite. People are consistently discriminated against due to their differences. We have seen this in the Holocaust, slavery, workplace discrimination against women, and many others. This can be traced back to evolution, natural selection, and Charles Darwin. Professor Judy Stone’s talk was called, “The Unfinished Business of Darwinian Revolution,” which is an appropriate name because there is certain information that is misleading and needs to be talked about more. This misunderstood information leads to discrimination and inequality in our world today.

Professor Stone expressed how the typical evolution photo is misleading for multiple reasons, one being that it depicts evolution as moving towards a goal. This is dangerous idea because it makes it seem like there is a better or more superior type compared to others. Professor Stone shared the quote, “If species are types, then variation is imperfection” and explained how this idea needs to be overturned. It is extremely important to have variation within species because it shows how much diversity is possible. However, it is clear that our society is not totally onboard with this idea.

Obviously there have been many tragic events in our history where people’s differences were the cause of their suffering. There have also been experiments done to clearly show how people’s differences can lead to discrimination extremely easily. One example of this is a lesson that a lower school teacher, Jane Elliot, taught in 1968 after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, to teach her students about discrimination. It is known as the “Blue eyes – Brown eyes” exercise. She split her students up by eye color and on the first day of the exercise she told them that the blue-eyed children were the superior group. Those in the superior group became arrogant and bossy while those in the inferior group became quieter and more submissive without their teacher telling them that this is how they should act. Her students were third graders and did not really understand the idea of discrimination, but they still easily played into it due to the way people looked. This is a prime example of how diversity can lead to discrimination, even in young children who don’t even understand it.

The topic of evolution has been brought up in many of the Continuing Revolutions lectures, which shows how revolutionary it truly is. It causes us to change the way we think and explore new ideas. However, as Professor Stone stated, it is necessary that there is more effective outreach in this topic. This is crucial in order to change our negative thinking about people’s differences. We are definitely making progress, but there are still many instances where the things that make people unique and different are looked down upon and made fun of. Hopefully, as this revolution continues, more people will be aware of the greatness of diversity and discrimination can be decreased.