Mar 25 2009

Seven Contradictions of Diversity

Category: diversity,higher educationharmonicminer @ 9:55 am

In the traditions of Six Contradictions of Marxism, I present Seven Contradictions of Diversity, because Marxism was invented by dead white men, and what’s so special about the number “six”?  Herewith:

Seven Contradictions of Diversity

*  Your college has an Office of Diversity — yet it isn’t diverse enough

*  It isn’t diverse enough –  yet it celebrates diversity constantly

*  It celebrates diversity constantly –  yet faculty of color are oppressed

*  Faculty of color are oppressed  –  yet they are constantly invited to speak their mind

*  They are constantly invited to speak their mind  –  yet they are marginalized and ignored

*  They are marginalized and ignored –  yet many are hired as faculty and promoted to important administrative positions to develop “diversity weeks”, “diversity courses”, and “faculty diversity committees” in order to promote people of color.

*  They attain unprecedented political clout focused on a single issue –  yet they’re still “speaking truth to power”

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