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Brandeis University Prof Calls Out Absurdity of Campus Diversity Initiatives

Brandeis University Prof Calls Out Absurdity of Campus Diversity Initiatives

“When we talk about diversity, it often becomes this performance of being ‘the good type of white person’”

This professor makes an excellent point. It will unfortunately fall mostly on deaf ears. Diversity has become big business in higher education.

Campus Reform reports:

Prof decries diversity efforts as ‘performance’ of being the ‘good type’ of White people

Brandeis University sociology professor Sarah Mayorga stated that diversity initiatives often become a “performance of being ‘the good type of white person.’”

In an interview with Brandeis Now — the university’s official news service — Mayorga explained that diversity initiatives are often superficial, preventing substantial “anti-racism” reforms.

She based her assumptions upon research conducted for her book Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood, which argues that “multiethnic and mixed-income neighborhoods still harbor the signs of continued, systemic racial inequalities.”

“When we talk about diversity, it often becomes this performance of being ‘the good type of white person,’” explained Mayorga. “We hyperfocus on the person’s intentions. We stay in that first step of proving we’re committed to diversity and never really follow through with the commitment.”

The article includes a comment from our own Professor Jacobson:

Cornell University Professor William Jacobson, who runs the blog Legal Insurrection, told Campus Reform that “Mayorga makes a point many people make, that so much of ‘diversity’ training becomes performance in which people are expected to play roles stereotypically associated with their race.”

“Such training can be deemed racist in itself, since it presupposes attitudes and attributes based on race,” he added. “While criticisms of diversity training frequently are made by people opposed to such training as a violation of academic freedom and free speech, Mayorga comes at it from the perspective that the training needs to be even more intense and focused. This is a debate universities and companies need to have out in the open as to whether diversity training actually works or does more harm than good.”

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diversity training is a waste of time and money that does more harm than good.

NeverTrumper Jacobson displays his deep-seated anti-Americanism by demanding more intensive diversity training.

If culturally diverse peoples want equal opportunity, all they need to do is assimilate into the Protestant Anglo-American Enlightenment principles this nation is founded on. To expect the reverse is subversion.

    mochajava76 in reply to RoyalWulff55. | January 7, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    “NeverTrumper Jacobson displays his deep-seated anti-Americanism by demanding more intensive diversity training.

    Really?? Please take a remedial reading class.

    Dr Jacobson’s perspective of the ideas of Mayorga:
    “Mayorga comes at it from the perspective that the training needs to be even more intense and focused”

    Dr Jacobson’s own perspective of this training:
    “This is a debate universities and companies need to have out in the open AS TO WHETHER DIVERSITY TRAINING ACTUALLY WORKS OR DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD” {emphasis added)

Antifundamentalist | January 7, 2021 at 8:38 pm

Diversity Training: You may only express the racist attitudes and opinions that we allow you to have. If you are not a racist, we will ensure that you are by the end of your training period. Why? Because there is no money in it if you aren’t.

“When we talk about diversity, it often becomes this performance of being ‘the good type of white person,’ explained Mayorga.” We hyperfocus on the person’s intentions. We stay in that first step of proving we’re committed to diversity and never really follow through with the commitment.”

Well, yes, the more you demand all must convert the more you doubt the sincerity of the Conversos. How predictable.

So, it shall no longer sufficient for that mandatory diversity training to capture your body for an hour or more and then, perhaps, require that you be made to swear fealty to political dogmas with which you mostly disagree. And, yes, it is usually easier to nod your head and perhaps mumble, “Yes, of course the Sun goes around the Earth!”

This is not enough. In the new dispensation you must perform. Perform what? Whatever. Whatever the Diversity Lords demand of you. If they say four fingers is five, then it is five. Not because they say so but because that is the new reality: four is five if we say it is.

And, yes, no quantity or quality of performance will ever be sufficient. But the penalties for even the slightest hesitation shall be severe.

It’s partly a variation on “the floggings shall continue until morale improves.” Only this time it’s not funny, not in our “That’s Not Funny!” world in which mocking dogmas is no longer permitted.

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