In high school, my daughter was in the school chorus, a group that included 80 students. After one sterling town-wide performance, a woman wrote to both the school newsletter and the local newspaper, vigorously complaining that the chorus was “not sufficiently diverse.”
Diversity: Only Blacks Lives Matter
My daughter took exception to this view. In a written reply, she conveyed that students of Greek, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Malaysian ancestry, along with students of European ancestry, including Italian, Hungarian, Austrian, French, and Spanish, were among the chorus members.
By the way, the chorus also had 12 African-Americans students and two Hispanic-American students, and a few students of mixed ancestry. Flash forward 16 years: diversity to the Left is now fully embraced as a euphemism for “black,” and the term as used today, has little relation to the original meaning of the word.
The Left has already decided that you are an impediment to diversity if you are white. The wokesters among us, a highly prejudiced lot, regard all whites as one amorphous mass of people with no individuality, no distinct cultural backgrounds, and indelibly racist – especially prone to being anything but open to others. This supposition, of course, is balderdash, to put it politely.
Do the Math
If you wasted your time and analyzed the race and ethnicity of the chorus – and, my God, only a Leftist would prompt you to undertake this dreary exercise – 12 is 15% of 80. In a country where blacks represent 12% of the population, the school chorus is over-represented by black students.
With a 7% U.S. Asian population, there ‘should’ be five or six Asian chorus members, which is the case. With a 19% U.S. Hispanic population, 16 of the 80 chorus members ‘ought’ to be Hispanic, which is not the case. However, why go down this path?
White students are under-represented on the school’s basketball team… shocking, simply shocking! Not many made the cut. Bring in the racial grievance hucksters! Joining the chorus, though, is a self-selection. If you want to sing, come on board. Blacks are under-represented in the chess club. Call the PC police! Joining the chess club, however, as with the chorus, is a self-selection.
Equity: The Facade of the Decade
Equity is a topic of deep concern to the ‘deep-thinking’ Kamala Harris. She asserts that the mission of government is to ensure equity, which boils down to an equality of outcomes. Citizens, non-citizens, heck, everybody should reap the same goodies as everyone else. It’s not enough for the government to offer education, job training, apprentice programs, counseling, equal employment opportunity, and unemployment compensation.
Actually, not everyone makes the same effort. Remember your school classmates who continually slacked off? In the workplace, some people constantly under-perform and concurrently seek ever more government benefits. Such people keep voting for Democrats who are skilled at dangling carrots in front of them.
Ultimately, an elite class rises where a few people enjoy far more ‘equity’ than everyone else. Around the world, leaders who espouse equity, which is ‘equality of results,’ come to know that it cannot occur without significant damage to their nations. Countries that mandate equality of results prompt their movers and shakers to pack up and leave.
Inclusion: Worth Exploring
The case for inclusion has some merit, unlike diversity and equity.. Including others outside of your immediate circle, apart from those with whom you naturally find favor and beyond those with whom you usually associate, requires some stretching.
From the earliest of time and to this day, human beings tend to flock together, as did all forerunners of the human race. In terms of culture, ethnicity, and race, benefits can accrue, however, by associating and including others outside your normal circles, the least of which is developing a greater appreciation of other cultures.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the Left’s latest preferred pronoun… oops… I mean, acronym, as a governmental policy, is a disaster virtually ensuring unfairness in hiring, suspicion about those who have been newly favored, and pockets of incompetence in performance. And, looking down the road, do government programs ever die? Or do they keep expanding forever………?
About DEI as a corporate policy: That’s up to shareholders, board members, and management of individual companies who, unfortunately, are bullied, threatened, coerced, and extorted by wokesters around the clock.
Good By and Good Riddance
Fittingly, if you rearrange the letters ‘DEI,’ you come up with ‘DIE,’ and that’s precisely what ought to happen to the whole notion of diversity, equity, and inclusion as some kind of exalted government formula for improving society.
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