Ultimately it's damned if you, damned if you don't:
The Delaware Department of Transportation designed its recent "Diversity Spotlight" newsletter to be an "in-your-face" effort to fight workplace discrimination.
But some DelDOT workers, minority-rights advocates and a diversity expert said the newsletter itself was offensive because it spelled out the slurs, insults and stereotypes that co-workers should never say to each other.
The newsletter, which Secretary Carolann Wicks distributed two weeks ago to most of the agency's 2,600 workers, covered "workplace faux pas" involving homosexual, black, Asian, white, Hispanic and elderly workers.
The section titled "The N word," for example, actually spells out the word, then says, "It is never, ever acceptable to use this word in any context."
The newsletter also says it's wrong to ask a black co-worker, "Should we order fried chicken or watermelon for you?"
The section on Hispanic co-workers lists several ethnic slurs and says workers should not ask, "Can you help me out with my landscaping?" It tells workers to avoid specific slang terms for homosexuals and not tell older co-workers, "You know Wal-Mart is hiring."
I always wonder just WTF a "diversity expert" is, and what one needs to do to become one. At any rate, this whole imbroglio is ultimately what transpires when you fall prey to the multi-culti movement. The whole concept becomes self-contradictory -- and laughable. For instance, check out this part of DelDOT's memo (available online at the News Journal article):
"I donít trust white people; they are all racists." This is stereotyping and totally insensitive.
But many so-called "diversity/multiculti" seminars state precisely that! The University of Delaware's former "Residence Life" program did. I've attended workshops that stated same.
Then there's this under the section about African-Americans:
"You people." Letís just say you are asking for trouble when you make this reference. Your focus should be on the individual, not the race or culture.
I wholeheartedly concur with the underlined portion; however, do [many] African-Americans? Especially among the so-called "pundit" class? After all, how many times have people like Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice and Michael Steele been denigrated (by other African-Americans) as "not authentically black?"
This is why I feel sort of sorry for Ms. Wicks. She was caught between a rock and hard place. After all, if the so-called "diversity experts" can't even decide on what is "proper" (as exemplified above), then just what would you expect someone in Ms. Wicks' position to do?