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The Ideology of ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ is Ruining Education

The Ideology of ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ is Ruining Education

“Ideological litmus tests are becoming the norm”

This ideology has spread into virtually every area of education and if you don’t accept it, you risk being excluded.

John Sailer writes at Unherd:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is tearing academia apart

Ideological litmus tests are becoming the norm in American academia. Already, many universities require faculty job candidates to submit “diversity statements” — 19% of the faculty job listings in one recent survey. Now, similar requirements increasingly apply to sitting faculty members, as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statements and criteria have become standard components of the promotion and tenure process.

To give one example: last year, the highly-ranked Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine released its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan, listing dozens of “tactics” for advancing social justice. Here is an example:

“Include a section in promotion packages where faculty members report on the ways they are contributing to improving DEI, anti-racism and social justice. Reinforce the importance of these efforts by establishing clear consequences and influences on promotion packages.”

The reference to “consequences” reads like a warning to dissenters, especially given that concepts such as “equity”, “anti-racism”, and “social justice” often simply connote adherence to progressive political views. Thanks to the ubiquity of Ibram X. Kendi’s work, many American professionals are primed to point out that anti-racism, far from merely being “not racist”, entails embracing “race conscious” policies, coupled with the belief that any disparity is by definition racism.

With official DEI requirements for promotion and tenure on the rise, Kendian “anti-racism” has come closer to a formal requirement for many in academia. In its 2022 survey of tenure practices, the American Association of University Professors found that 21.5% of the institutions it surveyed had DEI criteria in their tenure standards. For larger institutions, it was 45.6%.As diversity officers increase, so too will their preferred policies.

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The CCP is calling the shots in US education and politics.

Multi-culturalism was the worst idea ever to infiltrate public thought. People originally accepted it as simply meaning there should be tolerance of those from differing backgrounds, as they assimilate and adopt American ways. But it has been pushed too far. And now “diversity” has become the enemy of the culture. E pluribus unum stands for assimilation, not a forced association of warring tribes.

“Thanks to the ubiquity of Ibram X. Kendi’s work, many American professionals are primed to point out that anti-racism, far from merely being “not racist”, entails embracing “race conscious” policies, coupled with the belief that any disparity is by definition racism.”

“Embracing race conscious polices” is de facto racism.

Kendi is a racist hack, embraced by the white guild socialists who want to sow divide in the country.

Even if you have equality of diversity, you will never have equality of outcome. People have different ability levels that affect these outcomes, It is little more than a pipe dream of the left.