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“Diversity” part of the problem

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

I don’t know about you, but I have always considered “diversity” the newest way of including people — applying to people from various races and ethnicities.

Ellen Berrey has convinced me otherwise.  She describes herself as an academic but otherwise does not clarify her position in an otherwise excellent essay on Salon.  She says the word is just another way to avoid talking about America’s race problem

“Even in the hands of the well-intended, diversity leaves us without a language for making sense of ongoing racism or deliberating effective policy responses,” she writes. “But with what other issue of inequity do we think that the solution is just talking about it? Health care? No. We create insurance plans that buffer people from bankruptcy. Hunger? No. We create emergency food pantries and free school lunches.”

She supports her view here: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/diversity-white-people-big-lie-behind-well-intended-word

 

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