The Trouble With Diversity

The Trouble With Diversity

How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality

Book - 2006 | 1st ed
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A brilliant assault on our obsession with every difference except the one that really matters - the difference between rich and poor If there's one thing Americans agree on, it's the value of diversity. Our corporations vie for slots in the Diversity Top 50, our universities brag about minority recruiting, and every month is Somebody's History Month. But in this provocative new book, Walter Benn Michaels argues that our enthusiastic celebration of "difference" masks our neglect of America's vast and growing economic divide. Affirmative action in schools has not made them more open, it's just guaranteed that the rich kidscome in the appropriate colors. Diversity training in the workplace has not raised anybody's salary (except maybe the diversity trainers') but it has guaranteed that when your job is outsourced, your culture will be treated with respect.
With lacerating prose and exhilarating wit, Michaels takes on the many manifestations of our devotion to diversity, from companies apologizing for slavery, to a college president explaining why there aren't more women math professors, to the codes of conduct in the new "humane corporations." Looking at the books we read, the TV shows we watch, and the lawsuits we bring, Michaels shows that diversity has become everyone's sacred cow precisely because it offers a false vision of social justice, one that conveniently costs us nothing. The Trouble with Diversity urges us to start thinking about real justice, about equality instead of diversity. Attacking both the right and the left, it will be the most controversial political book of the year.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805078411
Branch Call Number: 305.50973 MIC 2006
Characteristics: ix, 243 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 21, 2015

Quote: // So for thirty years, while the gap between the rich and the poor has grown larger, we've been urged to respect people's identities--as if the problem of poverty would be solved if we just appreciated the poor. \\
This is a very great book, and the author is right and correct on so many things, although I'm not quite sure he has it perfectly figured out yet; it isn't that inequality is being ignored and growing concurrently with the growth in // diversity \\ it is really that diversity is -- or at least has been coopted - - as yet another strategy in the colossal transfer of wealth to increase said inequality!
In other words, it is diversity primarily at the bottom, for the bottom 80% among the bottom 80% - - there is NOT full spectrum diversity: the top FOUR investment firms are the major shareholders in the majority of major corporations in North American and Europe (and perhaps even Asia ??), and they own the top FIVE banks, which in turn own the majority of everything also! And probably owned by a handful of the super-rich. And we'll never know who the principal investors are through those top FOUR investment firms, because that is the way they structured it - - ignorance of ownership, and so many different groups at the bottom with so many different interests and agendas that no LARGE power block can ever be formed which might pose countervailing force.
Get it??? [And this is why the last several presidents came from the Bush family, whose original source of wealth was from slave trading, and why John Kerry is the present Secretary of State, as his great-grandfather was the major drug dealer of that time (selling opium to China).]

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