As our economy slowly churns forward and confidence seems to be growing, it appears that our views towards diversity are not moving along the same growth path. Over the past 7 months, the American Dream Diversity Index has fallen nearly 2 full points. That is, we have moved almost 2 percentage points away from fully achieving the Dream of Diversity. For the ADCI, we measure diversity as the attitudes toward the assimilation of differences in one’s community. More specifically, we look at:
· The acceptance of diversity in one’s neighborhood
· The acceptance of different personal and social ideates (i.e. sexual orientation and religious practice)
· The extent of exposure to diverse cultural experiences
· The satisfaction with the ability to vote freely and make political choices.
The good news is that the American Dream Diversity Index is the highest valued Index among all American Dream Indices. The bad news is that all four areas of diversity are slowly degrading. This begs the question: Is diversity exempt from recovery?
Over the coming months, the ADCI team will be following this forming trend and report its findings. Visit the ADCI web site for more details.