I think it is the people-person (way down?) in me that sympathizes with the modern liberal’s obsession with “diversity.” I enjoy meeting different types of people from different backgrounds because it’s fun. Usually our differences aren’t so contrary that I cannot make a new friend. Also, the portraitist in me even enjoys the privilege of looking at a diverse population of interesting people.
We as a society collectively approve this harmless, generic diversity. Pluralism is something of a prized possession of modern America. It certainly isn’t an inherently bad thing.
Unfortunatly, the term diversity has been hijaked for political gain by “liberals.” In the hands of said liberals, diversity has become an ideal.
To take a term that means nothing more than “variety” and to somehow start emphasizing it as a necessary virtue makes no sense. The reason it makes no sense is because diversity neither satisfies nor breaches a moral standard. It isn’t the same as lying or stealing etc. Thou shalt not steal is a clear standard. Besides being intuitively immoral, stealing is contrary to a commandment given by God. On the other hand, diversity is as amoral as a chair or a computer. Yet, when a member of the cult of diversity has something to say, the sense of moral imperative is palpable. How can that be?
In my opinion it is because diversity is nothing more than a sideshow.
For most people that I know diversity usually refers to the inclusion of minority parties for the sake of variety. Specifically, it refers to either skin color, sexuality, or sex or a combination of the three. But, in truth, diversity has nothing to do with empowering minorities. The term diversity is the buzzword that serves to cloak a hidden agenda. That agenda can be best summarized in the phrase “social justice.”
The funny thing is that advocates for diversity aren’t really that diverse at all. It’s kind of sad, actually. They are very, very predictable — at least when it comes to ideas. This is so merely because they have all bought into a specific lie; the lie that the individual is only as important as the community grants. In fact, an individual’s worth comes by way of their birth. It is not contingent upon the ratio of black people to white people. Nor is it contingent upon their sexuality or gender. They are human, and that is enough.
Whether a provost is whiter than average or not should not be a concern of learned professors. The fact that it is frankly embarrasses me.