…ank you for the close read and detailed response; I agree with all of this. I fell in love with the diversity of people and cultures many years ago and doubt I’ll ever stop caring, but it seriously just boggle…
And thank you Sherry Kappel for being so diverse with your thought process. It is always welcoming to see a true appreciation of the value and enrichment of diversity. Right-wing grievances and white nationalist resentment have sought to weaponize diversity as a politically correct nuisance. They could never appreciate the diversity you have to offer.
While it is evident to me in your writing, most people will stereotypically believe that it is inherently not possible for you to be seen as diverse.
Simply sprinkling a few people of color here and there, or placing women in traditionally male positions of power is not diversity. It is only giving the appearance of diversity. Within storied organizations including the ones that I have worked for, the diversity chosen and incentivized is seen merely as an extension of the hegemony that has always been in place. Whenever I read about or hear about the ideas coming from this “diverse few” in positions of influence and power they seem to merely echo the status quo in an attempt to exploit and extract any socioeconomic gains that they derive from the charade. There is no diversity of thought to fully substantiate their crucial presence.
This can be problematic because it inadvertently rationalizes the position itself as being filled only to give the appearance of inclusion. This lends itself to the perception that this is a defense mechanism against some sinister plot of racial retribution — as if !— or some way of removing privileged white guilt which tends to further defeat the purpose and its initiatives.
This also cancels out or drowns out the voices of poor white people who are genuinely amenable to opportunities to engage with all fellow Americans of diverse backgrounds and experiences in a spirit of unification. Instead they too are stereotyped as unamenable and exploited in the very same way to simply divide and conquer.
Scott Berkun, best selling author and popular speaker said it best about what a lack of diversity portends.
“A bland homogeneous team of people has no real opinions, because it consists of people with same backgrounds, outlooks, and experiences who will only feel comfortable discussing the safe ideas that fit into those constraints.”