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The Democrats’ Diversity Delusion

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Why is it every time I hear some lefty lauding “diversity and inclusion,” I know one thing for sure: They don’t mean me. I don’t think like them, so, no matter what I look like, I’m not included—I’m not welcome. It’s odd that the only diversity that truly means anything, which can grow, shrink, and evolve, is the diversity of thought.

You’re not going to get any more black, Hispanic, white, or Asian, but you can become more or less progressive or conservative. But the Left has absolutely no interest in a free exchange of ideas because their ideas are so weak, although their propaganda efforts are strong. They can’t educate, so they prefer to mandate.

The only way to be a part of the Left’s view of “inclusion” is to think and speak exactly as they do. Isn’t that kind of “diversity and inclusion” rather warped? Doesn’t that look more like uniformity and exclusion?

For example, with the Left, to be an “anti-racist,” you must become a racist against white people. And to support “diversity and inclusion” you must adhere to the party line and reject those who don’t think as you do. This is the corrupt notion that feeds the Biden administration’s penchant for touting “diversity” over qualifications.

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This is a conversation I may or may not have had with a left-leaning friend the other day, which may make my point.

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Dave asked me if I could recommend a good contractor for some remodeling on his house.

I said, “Sure. Joe Espinoza of Espinoza & Company.”

“So, Joe’s a good contractor?”

“Well, he’s Hispanic.”

“Okay, but does he do good work?”

“I just told you; he’s Hispanic.”

“I know. You said that. But what’s his level of experience. How long has he been in business?”

“I don’t think you’re hearing me. I said, he’s Hispanic. Oh, and I forgot to mention his other important qualifications. He’s also transracial, identifying as a black man on Fridays and as a female Ojibwa shaman but only on Wednesday evenings.”

David sighed and thought for a moment. Then he said, “Okay, okay. Forget about the contractor. Can you be serious for a moment?”

“Sure.”

Okay. Thank you. So, before I go, can you recommend a good dentist for my kids?”

“Of course. That’s easy. Kris Wong just up the road is a great dentist.”

“Wait… I’m not falling for this again. I said, ‘serious,’” Dave said. “If I ask you if he’s good, are you going to tell me he’s Asian?”

“Don’t be silly. I wouldn’t say that.”

“Oh, good,” Dave began. “So, he’s good. How many years in practice?”

“Well, first off, he is a she.”

“Okay,” Dave said. “What? Is she a good dentist just because she’s a woman?”

“No. I mean, it’s great that she’s a woman, but, as you mentioned, she is also Asian.”

Dave thought for a moment, sighed, and then said, “Look, all I want to know is, is she good at her job whether she’s a woman or Asian or Martian? Is she an experienced dentist and good with kids? Isn’t that what matters?”

I looked at him and said, “You’re right, Dave. Can he or she do the job well is the only thing that should matter.”

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Okay, I’ll come clean. I did not have this conversation with anyone outside my head. I created this story to make a point about the utter absurdity of the Biden administration’s and Democratic Party’s nearly psychotic devotion to a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, genderfluidity, fluid genderidity, etc. But the points made in the allegory illustrate a point. Even though it’s made up, there is a reason the story sounds made up, contrived. Because the Democrats’ emphasis on race is contrived.

Can you imagine having a normal conversation with a normal person and when he or she asks you about someone’s professional qualifications, you answer, “He’s black,” “She’s Hispanic,” or “(insert an appropriate pronoun) is a Latinx?” How insulting is that for that person? How racist it that? That poor human being has to look in the mirror and always wonder, no matter what anyone says, if they were truly the best person for the job or they just “looked the part.”

Incidentally, though I made up this story, my dentist actually is both female and Asian, which matters to me… not a bit. What matters to me is she is great at what she does. That’s why my wife and I keep going back to her for our dental care and recommend her to all our friends and family.

 

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Steve Pomper is a retired Seattle police officer. He's served as a field training officer and on the East Precinct Community Police Team. He's the author of four books, including "De-Policing America: A Street Cop's View of the Anti-Police State." He's also a contributor to the National Police Association.

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