Diverting Diversity: Sidetracking Discussions of Diversity
Although diversity has been generally linked to issues of skin color, it can also be linked with gender, sexual preference, disabilities, and even religion. Most, especially Americans, however, tend to link it with skin color and this is where the problem begins. Because some regard diversity in the same light as affirmative action, there is a natural feeling of disdain. Therefore, honest discussions of diversity can degenerate into discussions of issues that have little to do with the point. If diversity's purpose is to include persons of differing cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, then those opposed to it claim sinister intentions by those who promote it. This paper discusses opposition to diversity and how the discussion is changed through words, accusations, and actions.
Keywords: Avoidance, Subterfuge
Dr. Julian Madison
Associate Professor, Department of History, Southern Connecticut State University