A fashionable, and now pervasive, euphemism for racial quotas is “equity.”

That term should not be confused with “equality” or “equal opporunity,” as I explained in my post, NY Times Chief Classical Music Critic: End “blind auditions,” pick orchestra musicians based on race and gender:

On campus, this is called “equity,” a euphemism for racial, gender and other discrimination. It’s the opposite of equal opportunity, it’s demanding equal results even if it means discriminating against some people on the basis of race, ethnicity or other immutable factors. It’s the core driving the “antiracism” movement on campus. When campus activists and administrators say “equity” (as opposed to “equality”), what they really mean is discrimination based on race to achieve a desired racial outcome.

This “equity” discrimination is at the heart of the book How to Be Antiracist, which is being used as a teaching tool at universities throughout the country:

“The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

This concept of quotas as equity is playing out in demands issued by the NY Times Guild, a labor union representing “over 1200 media workers.”

On July 31, 2020 the NY Times Guild issued a set of demands to the Times, including an explicit hiring and staffing quota based on race, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: New York Times Employee Recommendation Memo:

We represent employees from every facet of The New York Times, from editorial to business, from specific departments to ERGs. We come to this meeting with a mandate for sustained change and urgency to engage in a very necessary and long-overdue discussion about how to improve the working experience of Black, Indigenous and people of color at the Times, [email protected]

In addition to recommendations to form new committees, increase “diversity” initiatives, and so on, comes an explicit call for quotas, referencing census data for New York City:

We recommend:

A. Setting a goal of hiring, retention and promotion​ for the New York Times workforce to reflect NYC demographics by 2025.  ​https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/newyorkcitynewyork

https://nyguild.org/front-page-details/diversity-equity-inclusion-new-york-times-employee-recommendation-memo

The NY Times Guild was not shy about the quota demans, tweeting about it also:

Of course, these quotas only go so far. Does anyone think that making the Times look like New York City will result in the times hiring a large contingent of Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews?

Of course not, regardless of the color tones of the skin of these Haredi Jews.

Equity is not about equality or equal opportunity. It’s the exact opposite of the equality and equal opportunity goals that motivated the civil rights movement.

 

 
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