We recently suggested that those arguing Oklahoma’s economy is harmed because we’re not known nationally for “diversity” mistake cause and effect. When jobs are plentiful, you attract a wide range of people to your state, not the other way around.
We also noted that diversity is interwoven throughout Oklahoma’s population and history.
The fact that two black judges — Tom Colbert and David B. Lewis — are poised to lead the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, respectively, supports our contention. In addition, state Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, is about to become the first black speaker of the House.
These men have achieved distinction based on individual merit, not arbitrary racial promotion. Oklahoma is a place where anyone from any background, regardless of race or income, can rise to prominence. We should all celebrate that fact.