“Tolerance is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behaviour that one does not necessarily agree with.”
On Saturday evening, June 4th, during Pride weekend in downtown Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Goldeyes, management, staff, players, fans and the Lincoln Saltdogs celebrated Diversity and Tolerance.
“This is a one of a kind event, I’m so excited to see how it goes.” said Dan Chase, Goldeyes Director of Sales and Marketing, who brought this idea to life.
In a multi-cultural city like Winnipeg, on Pride weekend, the Winnipeg Goldeyes demonstrated for all what it means to be tolerant and accepting of others opinions, beliefs, race, culture and sexual orientation. From video messages on the scoreboard, to an eclectic mix of cultural music, to hoop dancers, Scottish dancers, a special ceremony for San Francisco baseball fan, Gilbert Baker, who designed the Rainbow Pride flag in 1978, the Goldeyes demonstrated leadership on a very important societal issue.
Last year, Winnipeg was identified by MacLeans magazine as the most racist city in Canada; I would suggest that that is a statement which can’t be quantified, however, I will say that Winnipeg has taken on the challenge of improving our acceptance of those whose lifestyles, beliefs or skin colour may be different than our own. That does not imply lesser than…it simply suggests “different”, nothing more
Whether it is recognizing the first African American baseball player who made it to the majors, Jackie Robinson, respecting the religious beliefs of others, not being afraid of someone whose skin colour is different, tolerating a sexual orientation which is different than yours…Tolerance of others is the key to a healthy Winnipeg, a healthy society.