October 28, 2007

Just don't call it a quota even though, well, it is

Nobody does it better than John Rosenberg when it comes to fisking the inanity that is today's catch word known as "diversity." Today he notes how the governor of Iowa has decreed -- you guessed it -- "diversity" (my emphasis):

Now, moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, Gov. Chester Culver of Iowa has issued a new state executive order requiring “diversity.” It is considerably less principled, and considerably less clear.

Read the whole thing here, since I’m not going to discuss all of it.

In the second “WHEREAS” clause at the beginning, the order declares that

a “diverse workforce” includes employees with differences in age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability.

It then goes on to require all state agencies and departments to achieve and maintain such a work force by such measures as

  • “developing a recruitment and retention plan that includes a timetable and achievement milestones”
  • submitting a “Diversity Plan to the Diversity Council
  • “outlin[ing] the steps taken by the agency to increase diversity in the department by recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce”
  • “outlin[ing] the steps taken by the agency to train employees on diversity-related issues
  • “outlin[ing] how the agency intends to increase diversity among its staff in the next year...”
  • “describ[ing] any other efforts undertaken by the agency during the reporting period to encourage workplace diversity and celebrate diversity....”
  • provid[ing] “[d]iversity training ... for all state employees making hiring and promotion decisions within their respective agency...”
  • etc., etc., etc.

To which I say:

  • "A timetable and achievement milestones.” How exactly is this NOT a quota ... which are illegal?
  • Doesn't a "Diversity Council" sound eerily like a Political Officer in old East Bloc countries?
  • Of course, you know what "outlin[ing] the steps taken by the agency to train employees on diversity-related issues" means. "Diversity training." "Sensitivity training." Learning about myriad "-isms." How white is "bad" and the need to "get away" from "white thinking."
  • "Celebrate diversity"?? This is the WORKPLACE, for God's sake, not some graduate education class in some northeast overly hippie college!
  • It's likely that "provid[ing] '[d]iversity training ... for all state employees making hiring and promotion decisions within their respective agency'" means noting how cultures are "different." If it's anything like the education world has seen, managers and bosses will probably be directed to be "understanding" of various minorities' cultures to degree bordering on the bizarre.
Posted by Hube at October 28, 2007 06:08 PM | TrackBack

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