The Biden administration is ordering state and local governments to submit ‘equity plans’ or lose federal funding. This latest shot in the long “war against the suburbs” is part of former Rep. Marcia L. Fudge’s plan, as the boss of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to “weave equity throughout HUD’s work”.
Weaving equity into all of government has been the biggest agenda of the Biden administration. After taking office, it ordered every single agency to come up with an equity plan. State and city governments often already demand equity plans for nearly everything. Those who don’t, are quickly learning the Marxist jargon, the bureaucratic systems and the paperwork of ‘equity’.
In under a decade, equity plans have become widely embedded in American life. And they serve the same function that Communist Party dogma did in the USSR or Communist China.
Equity is a political statement of allegiance. It demands that individuals or institutions subscribe to a leftist worldview, that they formally repeat party dogma, such as that America is an inherently unfair society and that government regulations are the only remedy, that white people are racist, and that everyone is obligated to engage in a constant process of self-examination.
At the heart of equity is the rejection of meritocracy, of individualism, and, in a bitter irony in the wake of MLK Day, the idea that we should be judged not by skin color, but by the content of our character.
Even more insidiously, implementing equity plans involves hiring equity specialists, activists who function as political commissars, tasked with conducting indoctrination sessions, forcing ideological changes and purging personnel deemed insufficiently loyal to the Left.
Equity plans have embedded a layer of ‘equity commissars’ at every level of society.
Universities, governments, corporations and virtually every institution now have their own equity bureaucracy. The number of equity executives doubled within a decade. DEI programs shot up from 27% to 41% in employee ‘benefits’ programs between 2017 and 2022. In the insurance industry they rose from 40% to 60%, from 15% to 40% in personal consumer services, and from 30% to 48% in management and consulting.
As Glassdoor points out, “There was one exception to the trend: Government & Public Administration. In 2019, Government & Public Administration was the leader across industries for access to DE&I programs; by 2022, it was solidly middle of the pack. It was the only sector where access to DE&I programs declined from 2019 to 2022.”
The Biden administration’s mandate for every part of government to generate equity plans has been working to remedy that plan. The equity plans it generates force local governments and federal contractors to incorporate their own equity bureaucracy into their organizations. Anyone who does business or receives money from the government will ultimately have to take a knee.
Conservatives used to laugh at woke students studying lesbian poetry or the works of black Marxists. They ridiculed the idea that those worthless degrees would ever lead to jobs. That laughter was, as if often is, a foolish underestimation of the scope and sophistication of the enemy’s strategy. Those same students are now executives at Fortune 500 companies. And they’re implementing policies to get rid of older white male and female employees.
But racial conflict is, like class warfare before it, only the outward facade of the program.
Leftists always claim that they’re seizing power in the name of some disadvantaged group. France’s Jacobins, Russia’s Bolsheviks and China’s Maoists murdered, collectively, millions of people, most of them “working class”, in the name of protecting the working class. Black communities are more devastated than ever by equity policies.
Equity, like unions and the various worker committees implemented as part of a class warfare program, organize workers, embed leftist activists within every company and organization, and consolidate them within the larger objectives of the ‘party’. Union membership had sharply dropped and, despite some recent successes, failed to reach white collar workers, let alone executives or management. Equity programs, among many other things, create ‘unions’ that are intended for the growing share of white collar workers and even include executives. The affiliate groups that they spawn in every workplace organize workers by race, gender and sexuality without even pretending to advocate for their economic interests the way that the unions do.
Class warfare operated under the premise that a free market economy was inherently unfair. Equity employs the similar idea that race and sexuality are inherently unfair. While unions at least organized all workers, equity pits workers against each other and scapegoats white male employees who are earning the same amount and enjoy no other advantage than skin color.
This same mindset is applied across the board to people, to policies and communities.
Equity is much more comprehensive than class warfare and much more usefully destructive. The intangibility of microaggressions or unconscious bias means that employers can no longer even point to statistical metrics like black and white or male and female employees being paid the same amount. Equity only uses statistics to prove guilt, not to disprove it.
Some governors and executives have recognized equity for what it is, a leftist hostile takeover of American life that duplicates much of the program of Communism under the guise of civil rights, that uses white guilt and racism to take over our institutions and destroy our freedom.
Most have not.
Equity is an extension of the old diversity programs But unlike the antiquated diversity programs, equity’s DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) extend their reach to everything.
Using the Ibram X. Kendi false choice between either racism or anti-racism, every organization is forced to make a comprehensive commitment to a leftist program of eliminating everything that is not embodied by the leftist conception of anti-racism which, at latest count, includes human equality, individualism, political dissent, meritocracy and all of western civilization.
Every organizational policy and communication must accord with anti-racism or be branded as racist and an obstacle to equity in the workplace.
In 2020, that suddenly meant every single company issuing statements in support of Black Lives Matter. In the past, diversity would have meant recruiting black employees. Equity’s DEI however requires affirmative statements of political allegiance to leftist causes.
That is why every company is now ‘woke’. It didn’t happen overnight. Leftist takeovers often appear instantaneous when they are actually the result of long marches that were being slowly implemented while most normal people were too busy going on with their lives to pay attention.
People have begun paying attention. But battling equity means a lot more than issuing statements condemning critical race theory. Equity needs to be weeded out of American organizational life in the same way that Communism had to be weeded out of unions in a previous century. The problem is much worse in the 2020s than it ever was in the 1920s.
Some past radical administrations in the twentieth century aggressively muscled unions and their radical organizers into the workplace, but the Biden administration has built them into every part of government, including the military, and is expanding the scope for equity far beyond employment and into every policy program. The goal is to have equity be the operating system for government, corporations, nonprofits, education and every possible area of life.
At the corporate level, executives have been persuaded, browbeaten or intimidated into believing that without equity, they’ll never be able to compete for the diverse workers of tomorrow. Some are pursuing equity to bribe local or national political interests by employing their political allies. What they have really succeeded in doing is infecting the American corporation and workplace with a consolidated leftist activist class to a degree that not even the wildest Communist conspirator could have imagined a few generations ago.
This is a crisis that is rapidly leading to the downfall of the United States. Woke corporations, from tech monopolies to finance platforms, are contriving to make the Constitution a dead letter. Elections are being rigged not only by nonprofits, but by vast amounts of private capital. The evolving new social credit system and totalitarian system is a public-private-radical alliance.
America’s institutions are being captured from the top down. And equity, like environmentalism, is one of the key forces responsible for politicizing what was once apolitical. Equity, as many have observed, is not equality, but equity, more importantly, is tyranny.
Jason P says
Equity is evil and should be exposed as such … Daniel has done that.
Nominally, equity means equal outcome, but in practice that means violating the rights of people of achievement systematically and systemically. If this sounds like “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” it isn’t accidental.
The nihilistic destruction of achievement, however, has become the end in itself. Witness the talk of “eradicating whiteness” to destroy Western Civilization. At a recent protest in Scotland “trans” were carrying signs ‘decapitate terfs’ targeting JK Rowling for her defense of women.
The Maoist cultural revolution is here and growing.
You took the high road. I took the old bumpy lower valley road.
J. Paul says
Find a way to stop election fraud, elect Trump or DeSantis, and VOILA! Most of this insanity will stop.
Find a way to stop election fraud??? I’m eager to hear your proposal. There will never be another legitimate election in America.
Paul Griffin says
We are so F’d! I was well aware that there were powerful elite political forces that were determined to see the demise of our constitutional republic employing the methodology of Saul Alinsky. They have been brilliant in their suppression of any opposition to their strategic and creeping incursions. I have seen it coming for a very long time. I wrote some published editorials back in the early ’90’s and I’m only surprised and angry that it still has not been met with sufficient awareness and opposition by the forces of the majority (and our leaders) to defeat it. However, the marxists have anticipated and preempted all of the avenues open to those who would stop their progression.They have subverted our media; our military; our state and local governments; our environment; our education; our borders; and even our sexuality. We also have a coalition of minorities who’s commonality is their shared hatred of the majority. Another Alinsky tactic. At every junction, I kept asking myself, “when will Americans wake up?” And “why would they do this to our nation, that we fought so long and hard for and made it into an example of freedom and EQUALITY for all?” The only conclusion that I could arrive at was: to destroy our way of life and to bring on the One World Order. I fear that we have left it too late. 😥
Wouldn’t a “decapitate terfs” sign violate UK hate speech laws? Or is it just very selectively enforced?
Algorithmic Analyst says
Excellent condemnation of “equity”. One might think it was obvious, but apparently the masses are incapable of thinking about equity logically.
You should have ended your comment right after “thinking.” Two-thirds of the population think the country is on the wrong track and then went out and voted largely for the party whose governance they objected to. Go figure.
You’re assuming the votes were legit… They were not.
Mo de Profit says
We, in the west, had for decades equal opportunity. Now the UN wants equality of outcome which is perfect for them because no matter how little their efforts they get the outcome they wanted.
How do they do this? By throwing our taxes at every single part of Agenda 2030 without any accountability.
Steven Brizel says
There is no doubt that equity is one of the three elements of American Marxism
Kynarion Hellenis says
The Webster’s 1828 dictionary’s entry for “equity”:
Compare to American Heritage:
The modern A. H. definition contains the seeds of leftist weasel, while the older definition amply describes a core tenet of western civilizational justice.
Onzeur Trante says
What about home equity? Do we still have that, at least?
Kynarion Hellenis says
Depends on what type of “equity” you mean.
Both are destroyed by the government in the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act.”
Robert Hagedorn says
Homo Sapiens are being transformed–Obama’s favorite word–into a giant colony of collectivized insects.
DEMOCRATS ARE COMMUNISTS…old ideology with some new tactics adapted to a Free Society.
Woke, Equity, Climate Crisis, sabotage of Energy sources, Gender theory, Transgenderism, Diversity, Systemic Racism, White Supremacy, Toxic Masculinity, Cancel Culture, Socialism, Covid Tyranny, dumbing down of Education, Propaganda, Lies, attacks on culture/heritage, destroying statues, destroying sovereignty with Open Borders, Globalism, increased crime, take over of mainstream media, profanity/pornography/immorality, take over of government judicial system and law enforcement, two-tiered justice system, election rigging, political correctness….all are used to take down a Free Society, the family, Christianity and establish Fascism-Communism.
You will own nothing and be happy.
Diversity (anti-white), Equity (equal outcomes/Socialism), and Inclusion (Trans rights); it’s just another Democratic language perversion that does the opposite of what it portends. DEI has brought about illegal laws that call for firing whites first, for hiring whites last, and anyone that disagrees with them is a Racist, a Fascist, a Homophobe. There seem to be an infinite number of pronouns so that people can decide to be whatever they want, except for a male or a female. They want to teach your children to hate themselves and cower if they are white or be a perpetual victim and hate whites if they are black or brown. We now have biological males destroying women’s sports and we have a transgender fake “Admiral” as the “highest ranking official of the U.S. Public Health Service”. He/She? also thinks that it’s O.K. to mutilate nd castrate children in the name of “gender equity”. Then, of course, there’s the non-binary head of our country’s nuclear waste disposal that just got arrested for stealing women’s underwear out of airport luggage. It’s almost impossible to comprehend how we are living in such an upside down clown world.
Equity is just another form of cultural unGodliness.
It will not end well.
geoff mizel says
The American Citizen regardless of Age, Sex and/or Gender have been INDOCTRINATED through Propaganda to “fundamentally transform America.’ The Left REJECTS AMERICANISM in total. They see America as the Problem and NEVER the Solution.
In 2023, IT has become apparent that “equity” is being used to replace EQUALITY. EQUALITY is one of the pillars of the Constitutional Republic.
Hear, hear! Great article, as usual. I witnessed this firsthand at the company I worked for. There were daily DEI e-mails. At first I read them, then I deleted them without reading them. It seemed to be an attempt at brainwashing, to me. My boss asked me about the DEI e-mails. He said that he read every single one of them, and thought they were a great idea. He was proud of himself. I told him that I don’t need to be told how to think. He didn’t like that. 🙂
Tex the Mockingbird says
Equity is just a more nicer sounding word to Tyranny
DEI = Destroy Enlightenment and Intelligence
Who saw this coming ?
“Thus, taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrial animals of which the government is the shepherd.”
~Alexis de Tocqueville, writing in the 1830′s, Democracy In America.
“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. Slavery has so frightful an aspect to men accustomed to freedom that it must steal in upon them by degrees and must disguise itself in a thousand shapes in order to be received.”
Albert Camus made it very clear: The more equity, the less equality.
Equity is the antithesis of everything America stands for. The DemoNazi Party is perniciously destroying everything America stands for and the effete Republicans are acting like Keransky’s final hours.
Sorors’s SA are on the march. He owns and runs the DemoNazi Party.
What is DE&I? don’t you think the current trend to use acronyms than abbreviations without defining them in the text is AOIT? I do.
Considering the damage proponents of equity are willing to impose on our families and nation, our response has to be appropriate, proportional and legal. Running away from or turning one’s back on hostility is not enough. School officials, corporations, politicians must all be told to substitute merit for equity. Replacing these people and pulling the rug out from purchases and dealings with corporations and institutions that promote equity at the expense of merit. Woke must be rewarded with broke.
I can offer them an equitable distribution of lead injections if they can’t get themselves in check.
TomKat Books says
Bottom line: Are there enough blacks and other minorities to fill all these burgeoning DIE requirements?
“Inclusion”, “Equity” (The new Marxist term for Affirmative Action) “Diversity”, “Tolerance”, white privilege, gay and transgenderism, global warming (now climate change), are all dog whistles for Cultural Marxism.
All of this Racial agitation, Cultural LGBT crap and Marxist Critical Race Theory isn’t about gender or race at all…. They are just the vehicles being used by our government to drive their agenda to “fundamentally transform America” into a Marxist Communist country by dividing people into groups and then pitting them against each other…
Divide and conquer is a military strategy and is more preferable than all out kinetic war… Sun Tzu– The Art of War.
Cultural Marxism is based upon categorizing people into groups and convincing them that they are all “victims” and that solidarity is required against the “oppressors”.
This creates resentment, division and hatred which is how Marxists/Communists fulfill their revolutionary objectives…
Our own CIA adopted these tactics of division from the Soviets and used them to overthrow rogue regimes overseas… Now that the Communists are in control of our government, they are using the same tactics against us, the American citizens.
Domenic Pepe says
Absolutely outstanding article by Daniel Greenfield.
The woke left destroys everything it touches.
I do not see how America finds its way out of this political, social. and cultural DEI Armageddon.
As more people become aware of their loss of freedom and opportunities, and also feel the effects of the outright racist DEI discriminatory policies, maybe there will develop an effective political, social, and cultural counter reaction.
However, if history is a guide, America is headed for a kind of Balkanization with rather unpleasant outcomes.
Shannon A. Clark says
How do we fight it? How do we reverse its gains.