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The Divisiveness of Diversity

The Divisiveness of Diversity

Along with “Political Correctness” another common and accepted push now is for “diversity”. It’s a high minded word strategically selected to guarantee acceptance and discourage criticism. Together they build a fortress against questioning anything carried under their banner, and cause us to go so far as to question values that may challenge them. Two dangerous and damming current trends!!

Presented as progressive and positive elements, suggesting inclusion, but in reality, diversity (diversification) focuses on our differences.

To define: “Diversity” (dictionary.com) –

  1. – the state of fact of being diverse, different , unlikeness
  2. _ variety, multiformity
  3. _ the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socio-economical stratum, sexual orientation, etc.
  4. _ a point of difference

Merriam-Webster:

  1. The condition of having or being composed of differing elements
  2. An instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities

Proponents then take it a step farther, calling for quotas and percentages of inclusion. Even though no definition of “diversity” speaks to percentage of inclusion or percentage of differences.

A current issue of diversity, or lack thereof, regards “The Rooney Rule” in the NFL.

The Rooney Rule – as defined by the NFL states: The Rooney Rule is a National Football League policy that requires league teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs. It is sometimes cited as an example of affirmative action, though there is no quota or preference given to minorities in the hiring of candidates. It was established in 2003, and variations of the rule are now in place in other industries.

I don’t know why I feel compelled to challenge the guys on Pardon the Interruption, but I can’t help myself. Recently Pablo Torres, setting in for Michael Wilbon, along with Tony Kornheier bemoaned the ineffectiveness of “The Rooney Rule”, stating “….the percentage of first time head coaches who are black is the same now as before The Rooney Rule.

As stated above, The Rooney Rule does not call for quotas, yet the suggestion of failure is based on numbers. Currently there are 5 black head coaches in the 32 team National Football League. As a percentage, that’s 15%. The current percentage of African American (black) people in the United States is 13%. So at 15%, by any measure, that’s representative. Where’s the foul?? Where’s the failure??

Why is the Media always focusing on contrived failures, rather than accomplishments??

If diversity is about numbers, how about this:

The percentage of NFL players that are black is 68% (yet they are only 13% of the population)

The percentage of NBA players that are black is 80% (yet they are only 13% of the population)

So in the NFL the percent of white players is only 32% (yet whites comprise 66% of the current US population). And in the NBA the percent of white players is only 20%.

Where is the hue and cry about “diversity” regarding these numbers??

You don’t have to be white to be racist.

You don’t have to be conservative to be wrong!!

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Ida Ida

    Oh Bill, I do enjoy your thinking. And I am in complete agreement with this post.

  2. John John

    Contrived narrative indeed. Deviciveness is arguably a goal of many. The Objective “thinking person” seems to be an endangered species.

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