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The Psychobabble of Diversity

Monday, 20 September 2004 12:00 AM

Fort Hood is a case in point. A few days ago, the post welcomed the mayor of San Antonio, the honorable Edward D. Garza as its keynote speaker at a luncheon observing the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month. To say the mayor made some outrageous claims about diversity might be the understatement of the year.

His Honor told the crowd that San Antonio views diversity as “…one of the main causes of growth over the decades.” So what is he saying? That people move to San Antonio, not because of job opportunities or military service at its Air Force bases, but just because the city is ethnically diverse?

But the Mayor is just getting warmed up. He said that recognizing diversity with celebrations like Hispanic Heritage Month leads to better understanding between cultures. “Any time we don’t understand others, we tend to be judgmental,” said the Mayor. All right then, San Antonio – because it is diverse – is a non-judgmental city, what with all that understanding going on.

Then, the Mayor explained how economic development works. Toyota built its big plant in San Antonio because of its diversity and the growth of the “Hispanic-American” market. Silly us. We always thought big factories located in cities that offered a skilled workforce, a pro-business government, ample water and power, and transportation facilities. And maybe companies located in cities willing to hand out tax abatements.

But no! – it turns out they look for cities that are diverse.

Mayor Garza, unfortunately, isn’t the only person in America who is spouting such unsubstantiated nonsense. Check out our book “Clear Moral Objectives” and you’ll find that this vision of diversity is common on college campuses.

Lee Bollinger, who has been president of both the University of Michigan and Columbia, is a leading advocate. Bollinger says, “People learn better in an environment where they are part of a mix of people…not like themselves.”

So you can learn algebra better in a classroom with people of varied skin color than you can in a class of all white people or all Asian? That’s utterly ridiculous.

But Donald Carty was making similar claims when he was chairman of American Airlines a few years ago. Carty wrote in an op-ed column, “At American, we have seen what many other large companies also have witnessed: small pockets of resistance from a very few people for whom a diverse workplace is unacceptable.” Carty’s column was jam-packed with details about “the richness in tapping the divergent views of people of all races, genders, national origins and lifestyles.”

So American Airlines was committed to a diverse workforce. But Mr. Carty failed to explain how that would make his airplanes arrive at their destinations on time or how it served to get someone’s luggage checked more efficiently. Mr. Carty didn’t explain that because he couldn’t. Mr. Carty was being politically correct.

Mr. Carty, President Bollinger and Mayor Garza can make all the ridiculous claims about diversity that they want to, but they can’t give you one single reason to promote something that simply doesn’t need to be promoted.

Colleges should recruit without regard to race, color, or creed (something most of them claim to do) and American Airlines should hire the best people it can find.

Then, there’s mayor Garza who, if he truly believes the things he said at the Fort Hood Equal Employment Office luncheon, is convinced that the sun rises and sets because of diversity. Thank goodness that San Antonio will never again have to offer those pesky tax abatements; the city’s diversity alone will bring in new business.

“We must constantly remind ourselves that diversity is a good and a positive thing,” said the Mayor.

Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with diversity. But some of the claims being made on its behalf are politically correct psychobabble – and nothing more.

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