It has got to end. You can’t stop racism by using racism. Every single policy, from affirmative action in school admittance, to employment hiring and promotion, to slavery reparations, that uses race as a component in the decision making process, needs to end. All of those programs, are, by definition, racist.
So-called progressives come up with specious, bumper sticker slogans that help to brainwash the less observant in our population. “Diversity is our strength.” It sure sounds good, but it is not the truth. Diversity, at the expense of competency, is not only counterproductive, it is racist or sexist or any of the other “ists” one could apply. Competency should be the only test for any school or job entry or promotion.
In prior days when race or sex were used to discriminate against candidates for jobs, schools or other positions, less capable people were put into spots for which they may not have been qualified. This, quite naturally, caused resentment in the minority man or woman who should have been placed into that spot. There is no way of telling how production, grades and profits were lost by these prejudiced actions, but we can assume that it was significant.
In today’s America, we do the opposite. I have no idea what the “woke” reasoning is. Perhaps it is their view of “payback” for past discrimination. Maybe they really do believe, against all logic, that diversity is much more of a strength than ability. Whatever their thinking, any program, policy, promotional, or hiring criteria that includes race or gender as a qualifier over competency, is counterproductive, causes resentment and is racist and/or sexist by its very nature.
That major businesses and corporations have bought into this idiocy, is another reason, (along with the Biden Administration’s money printing and spending policies), for inflation and the growing costs to consumers. What percentage, of all of our many industries profits, now go into the Human Resources (HR) divisions. One would venture to guess that a portion of the money that used to go for research and development, now goes to HR.
How many hours are now spent in reaching the goal of diversity, or worse yet, equity? Classes given for “sensitivity” training, recognizing racism, sexism, transphobia, “dog whistles”, microaggressions, white privilege and any other woke fad, take away time from doing one’s job. And these classes are all for show. They don’t increase job production or safety. All they do is provide some minor legal cover for the company and jobs for hucksters who earn a parasitic living promoting victimhood.
To correct the insanity that affirmative action and similar programs have created, we need to take race and gender out of the equation. A possible solution is to have race and gender boxes removed from all applications for schools, jobs and promotions. Applicants could be assigned a number. Oral interviews could take place behind opaque screens. Surely, other ideas could be found so that the ability of the applicants would be the only criteria to find the best person for the job, school or promotion. Regardless, the current asininity has to stop.