To the progressive left, diversity has become a panacea that lessens or corrects past wrongs of racism, sexism, homophobia and transgenderism. It soothes their collective guilt and gives them a feeling of moral superiority. As a result, they've raised it to their highest priority. It is much more important to them than the merit, skill or qualifications of a job seeker, college applicant or someone looking for a promotion.
When the elites wish to assuage their consciences by elevating diversity over merit, their good intentions, assuming their intentions are good, result in unforeseen consequences. Regardless of the myths the left wants us to believe, our country became the greatest, freest and strongest nation the world has ever known because of merit. Not that diversity didn't play a role, it certainly did, but the merit of the ideas and principals of each diverse group is what rose to the top and pushed our country's progress at a meteoric pace compared to those of the past. These facts are best documented in the book, The Five Thousand Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen.
Facts, however, mean little to the elitist left. They are much more interested in the feeling of moral superiority they feel when they look down on us mere mortals who are forced to live in the real world. Because the progressives control the so-called main stream media, the deep state bureaucracy, and have a major influence on our social culture, they have successfully thrown out merit, skill and job qualifications as a criteria for getting ahead in our country. What they find more important is a person's race, gender, sexual preference or deviancy from one's biological sex. The left has been largely successful in imposing their criteria on both the public and private sectors.
When merit is replaced by any other basis for employment, academic entry and advancement, bad things happen. That's not to say that diversity shouldn't be considered, it just shouldn't replace merit and skill as qualifications for a position. When diversity trumps skill and merit, the quality of the applicant and whatever product or service that applicant produces, suffers.
The person who is passed over to fulfill the diversity “quota”, is the target of discrimination because of his or her race, gender, sexual preference or whatever the elites feel is the minority group of the day. In addition, the recipient of the diversity position will be looked upon as less qualified by his or her peers. He or she will be thought of a the “affirmative action” employee or student.
However slight, there is a feeling of animosity by those who were not diverse enough to get a job or into a school. Those who acquired the job or admittance to the school might become aware of this animosity. Both of these groups will most probably seek solace into their own ethnic, gender or other minority group. This is human nature, but the result is that these groups become more and more divided. That is the essence of tribalism. This is the ultimate goal of the elites. Diverse groups are much easier to control than a united population.