All big American companies now require DEI training: diversity, equity and inclusion.
All big companies!
It sounds responsible. But it turns out DEI courses are often useless and sometimes racist.
First comes groveling.
My new video about DEI shows a conference that begins with a “land acknowledgement.” A Microsoft employee apologizes for taking land from “the Sammamish, the Duwamish, Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Muckleshoot” and more.
I guess it’s a nice gesture. But they aren’t giving the land back!
Companies go through the motions.
“They feel like they have to,” says York College professor Erec Smith. “They have to signal to the world that they’re doing something.”
They hope it will protect them from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and lawsuits.
Smith was once a diversity officer. He left the position because he thought it was “useless.”
Or worse. “It makes people less likely to interact with people unlike them,” he says. “It’s a minefield now.”
At diversity trainings, employees learn about “microaggressions,” speech that’s subtly biased.
“If you ask somebody what they do for a living, somehow that’s racist,” says Smith. “If you learn that, then why would you take a chance? … ‘I’m going to silence myself’ … not talk to Black people.”
A Coca-Cola diversity training tells employees, “Be less white.” “Being white” includes being “oppressive, arrogant, defensive, ignorant.”
“That is by no means a white thing,” says Smith. “The point is to demonize the other side.”
Worst of all, despite the $3 billion spent on DEI training by American companies today, DEI trainings don’t do what they’re supposed to do.
A Harvard professor analyzed studies of them and says, “Sadly enough, I did not find one single study which found that diversity training leads to more diversity.”
A different Harvard Business Review study analyzed data from 800 companies and found that five years after diversity training, the share of Black women managers decreased by 9%.
“It is not about data,” says Smith. “It’s about a power grab.”
One that starts in schools.
Smith attended a conference of rhetoric professors where the conference leader, Asao Inoue, declared it racist to grade students on traditional English.
“If you use a single standard to grade your students’ languaging, you engage in racism. … White language supremacy.”
Smith sent a group email in response, saying it’s a disservice to minority kids not to teach standard English. Instead of addressing Smith’s point, other professors attacked him, calling him racist.
“Do you enjoy using Western modes of argument to invalidate people of color?” “I hope for the day that folks like you will learn how to check their privilege.”
“We are professors in communication,” Smith told me. “I thought we could communicate. I was so wrong. … They saw in me a threat. … a Black person saying it’s OK to teach Black students standardized English.”
An academic named Eve accused Smith of “perpetuating harm.” Other academics joined in to praise the “tremendous labor” Eve spent writing the email.
“They’re victims!” I say, bewildered.
“That’s the point,” Smith responds. “Perpetuate the victimhood.”
“This isn’t even logical! Has academia gone insane?” I ask.
Smith laughs. “Yes, it has gone insane.”
Today some sensible people are pushing back. Education reformer Chris Rufo proposes a DEI alternative called “EMC.” EMC stands for equality, merit and colorblindness.
Sounds good to me, but woke college activists say “colorblindness” is evil because it denies that racism exists.
“Merit” is bad because the way it’s measured must be biased, because the results show racial disparity.
This is why some colleges have dropped admission tests and why many high schools eliminated honors classes.
“If you wanted to hold down a group of people,” says Smith, “… this ‘woke’ thing is a good strategy.”
The achievement gap between Black and white students has been widening lately.
A better solution, says Smith, is to ignore the censors. Debate.
“People don’t say what they feel because they don’t want to get canceled, get called racist. People are censoring. We have to stop doing that.”
Insisting that certain positions must be occupied by minority groups is not justice, it is grossly unfair. not just on the white person who is rejected in the name of ‘equality,’ but also on the black person who gets that position because if they are unable to do the job they are given, it will not only make the whites who were overlooked angry, but it will make the black person struggle to do the job they are unqualified or unable to do. The most suitable person should ALWAYS get e job, no matter who is offended or upset for not getting it. e.g. who would want to be operated on by a surgeon who only passed medicine due to the colour of his skin??
James Keir Baughman says
Or, an airline pilot who was handed the job for the same disastrous reason?
Algorithmic Analyst says
Can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear 🙂
Divide and conquer the population……..that is the way authoritarians take power.
But that is usually done AFTER they remove everyone’s guns.
angel kasparov says
The division between races is done on purpose. So is the intensified division between left and right, straight and homosexual people, …
Divided we fall. Our foreign enemies have been working on it for decades. To name the enemies exactly, it’s a communist and islamist alliance. Two of the most evil ideologies in all human history.
Dana F Harbaugh says
To verify this theory, ask yourself “If I were China, Russia, Iran etc, what tactics wouldn’t I push and fund to defeat America?”
Dana F Harbaugh says
“… It’s a minefield now.” is a PERFECT metaphor. The Marxists have figured out how to sow psychological land mines that paralyzes Americans’ every step.
It’s a way to capture institutions without ever firing a shot.
All funded through a self-feeding extortion loop of guilt trips, social media shaming and threats of urban violence.
Omni-Directional Warfare… Look it up on ChatGPT.
Craig Austin says
Rest assured, these useful idiots will be the first against the wall when their coup is complete and they are not needed.
“Do you enjoy using Western modes of argument to invalidate people of color?” “I hope for the day that folks like you will learn how to check their privilege.” – What’s a Western mode of argument? What other modes are there and how do they differ? And come now, not only can I check my privilege, I can helicopter it in your racist face.
Why are people not blaming the “Jug Eared ONE”? Didn’t HE insist HIS election would “stop the rise of the oceans (truth is they haven’t been rising since before the Statue of Liberty was erected) and “HEAL the planet”! OR did he mean HEEL the planet?? HIS election was supposed to END RACISM FOREVER, but when you elect a RACIST you get RACISM! Well, he and Michael can sit back in ONE of their MANSIONS and just LAUGH about the the “good times”! Enjoy your netflix – I cancelled mine THE DAY they announced their deal with the obamas!
And I am so thankful I retired before my company got even MORE insane with their “diversity and inclusion”! Odd really that as a WHITE MAN I was NOT “included” in any of the Corporate Sponsored Groups : Black Group – nope – WHITE! Hispanic Group – nope – WHITE! Women’s Group – nope – MAN! Black Women’s Group – nope – WHITE MAN! Hispanic Women’s Group – nope – WHITE MAN again! Lesbian Group – nope – straight MAN ! Black lesbian Group – nope – straight WHITE man!! It appeared that all these and MANY other groups also EXCLUDED the OTHER Groups in some way! The most common exclusion seemed to be WHITE followed by straight! I’m glad I’m OUT – otherwise my simple EXISTENCE would have been grounds for my dismissal!!
All we have to do to see how insane DEI is is to watch the Youtube Videos of Congressional hearings of Biden appointees by John Kennedy, Ted Cruz and the other competent hconservative Republicans. They face candidates who are wholly unprepared or have the wrong attitude toward the judgeship or other positions, like head of the FAA. They may have minority or intersectional qualifications, but that is not the point of it. We need good judges and administrators who will protect the public from injustice. And on-the-job training, or Marxist oriented judges are not what produces good justice and safer societies. Leave it to the Democrat far leftists to not give a tinker’s damn about the effects on the public of incompetent or malevolent officials. This is what voters elected two years ago? The US is going to H in a handbasket, and we cannot do much except investigate and hold hearings, after which the far left gets its way anyhow.
Spurwing Plover says
Power Corrupts and absolute Power corrupts absolutely we see t hat with the Democrats and their wanting to control our lives and dictate how we a ll live and that also goes to the United Nations as well