Diversity or Competence – Which would You Choose?

from Walter E. Williams for TownHall:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nonsense

Check out any professional and most college basketball teams. Their starting five, and most of their other 10 players, are black, as is 80% of the NBA. This does not come anywhere close to the diversity and inclusion sought by the nation’s social justice warriors. Both professional and college coaches have ignored and threw any pretense of seeking diversity and inclusiveness.
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Words Have Meaning – It’s Why the Left Keeps Changing Them

from Victor Davis Hanson for IBD:

Changing Reality With Words

The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy “wetlands.” Fetid “dumps” are often rebranded as green “landfills.”

Global warming was once a worry about too much heat. It implied that man-made carbon emissions had so warmed the planet that life as we knew it would soon be imperiled without radical changes in consumer lifestyles.

Yet in the last 30 years, record cold spells, inordinate snow levels and devastating rains have been common. How to square that circle? read more

People Demand Professor be Fired for Saying Black Lives Matter is like the KKK

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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It almost seems like a broken record, reporting and commenting on the death of college free speech. If there weren’t so darn many examples of bias and outright animosity toward free speech on college campuses, it would easier to ignore.

Douglas Muir is a rather unassuming restaurant owner and engineering professor at the University of Virginia. However, he made the critical mistake of posting a comment, “responding to a Facebook post that included a photograph of a recent appearance by BLM co-founder Alicia Garza in Charlottesville.” Garza was speaking at a nearby theater on “Rooting Out Injustice…”

Anyone who is familiar with Garza knows she is a leftist radical and professional race-hustler. Evidently Professor Muir is acquainted with the work of Garza, as he posted that, “Black Lives Matter is biggest racist organization since the Klan. Are you kidding me. Disgusting!!!”

Of course he is correct, but on college campuses today, being right is as good as being white – and completely immaterial. Phony calls for diversity and inclusion (of all who agree) are the only things that matter, and will be the only things considered.

For stating his opinion, Professor Muir is paying a steep price. In no time flat his University threw him under the bus, stating: “A recent comment regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, posted on social media by Doug Muir, a lecturer in our school, has raised serious concerns about UVA Engineering’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and support of populations that are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Yes, let us not concern ourselves with teaching engineering and math. Let us instead make a “commitment to diversity and inclusion.” That will keep America competitive with the rest of the world. read more

Building the University of Diversity

by: the Common Constitutionalist

College may soon become like high school. All you have to do is show up and you’re accepted. How so, you may ask?

It seems many colleges and universities have begun dropping the SAT/ACT requirement for admission. And not just at no-name schools, like Muddy Water State (not a real school). No – major colleges like Columbia and George Washington University have joined over 850 colleges and universities who have curtailed the importance of or outright dropped these standardized tests.

These schools are instead taking a more “holistic” approach when screening students for admission. “When Columbia University took the plunge earlier this summer, dropping the SAT subject tests and SAT and ACT writing portions as application requirements starting next year, it became the first member of the Ivy League to do both.”

George Washington University has dropped testing for most freshman. This is great news for those in high school, no longer having to stress out over there SAT score, or pay again to take it over in an attempt to improve their scores.

But why abandon the time honored standardized test – why after all these years switch to the “holistic” approach? read more

Everyone Must Be Included…Almost

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In his rather mundane speech the other night, Barack Obama said among the other nonsense he spouted, that the new Iraqi government must be more inclusive. A stable Iraqi government must be one that represents the countries plethora of religious and ethnic minorities – that all must be represented.

He said: “Once an inclusive government is in place, I’m confident it will be easier to mobilize all Iraqis against ISIL. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depend upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government…”

John “Lurch” Kerry went to Iraq to meet with the new government and support their efforts to promote “unity”. He too wants them to be more inclusive.

Everywhere it seems someone is promoting the idea of inclusivity. In 2011, the HuffPo posted an article of their belief that Israel must “Create a More Inclusive Atmosphere”, meaning to “include” more Arabs.

Yossi Vardi, an entrepreneur who is heavily invested in the booming Israeli “tech” economy has been working to “include” sectors of Israel’s population who are “largely outside the workforce”. He insists that the Ultra-Orthodox Jews and Israel’s Arab population have been left out. “Israel tech needs to be more inclusive”, he claims. read more

Diversity is ‘Marvel’ous

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It is said that “love” is all you need. That may be true for us mere mortals, but what about non-mortals? What about the comic superheroes that so many have grown up with and have, over the last several years, become big budget action movies – box office smashes?

It seems “diversity” is all they need.

I’m speaking of the DC Comics and Marvel franchises.

Every few years it seems, they make another comics superhero into a box office sensation.

Not everyone is a hit, but there have been some big ones. Batman, Spiderman and Superman of DC fame and lately, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America have all translated well to the silver screen. read more

The Only True Diversity

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Former Pres. George W. Bush once stated: “The diversity of America has always been a great strength of this country. Here you can be proud of your cultural heritage, proud of your ancestry, proud of your native language, and still be a proud American.”

I don’t mean to single him out for many if not most politicians have said the same thing at some time and although the quote sounds great there is always something missing from these types of declarations.

We’ve heard the constant echoes of that same sentiment dribbling out of the mouths of progressives for years. It is one of the tried and true talking points of advocates that support the amnesty bill.

So what is always missing? Diversity of thought. That’s what seems to be missing, and I think purposefully, from every speech regarding diversity.

America is considered the great “melting pot” of the world. Nowhere on earth is there more cultural diversity. Yet different cultures residing in the same geographic location do not automatically equate to a melting pot.

The term melting pot was once synonymous with assimilation. It wasn’t that one had to give up their original culture to assimilate. It merely meant you were American first and whatever other culture second.

Yet we still have places like Little Havana, Chinatown, Little Italy, etc. where there is a predominant culture other than American. That’s just human nature, or for that matter, just nature. You’ll never see a giraffe joining an elephant herd.

Thus it is with those of like cultural backgrounds. It’s perfectly natural. It does enhance the American experience but that diversity does not make us great. The freedom that comes from diversity of thought is what makes America the great melting pot; independent thinkers.

However, it seems those who preach of diversity the loudest want to limit our diversity of thought. They preach diversity but expect a collective singularity.

Black Americans experience this possibly more than any other. They are expected to act, think and vote as a collective. If a black American dares to demonstrate diversity of thought or action, the collective shuns him or her.

Somehow diversity of thought has been supplanted by cultural and linguistic diversity as our source of strength.

It’s almost as if those who promote and extol the virtues of cultural diversity do so with a purpose.

As I stated, those of like cultures will congregate to form small collectives. I wonder if those who really do believe in the grand collective vision have figured out that it is easier to sway and control a singular body, to cause them to move en masse, then to control individuals of diverse thought and opinion. Control the leader of the collective and you control the collective. Yes, it sounds nefarious but it is also potentially genius. Evil genius, but nonetheless genius. It’s the difference between herding cattle and attempting to herd cats.

Occupy Communism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Diverse: of various kinds or forms; multiform (definition)

Tolerate: to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit. (definition)

The left and the progressives all claim to love diversity. They have the biggest tent and will welcome all comers for they are the most tolerant. Just witness the Occupy movement.

 All colors of the rainbow are welcomed into the lefts tent. Black, white, red, yellow.

Ones sexual orientation matters not to left. Whether they be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, multisexual, asexueal, transexual, trisexual (did I miss any? I’m truly sorry if I did. I don’t intend to discriminate).

All  true and legitimate forms of thought are tolerated embraced by the ever tolerant and diversity oriented left. Come on into the tent. It’s ok to be different. It doesn’t matter. You can be a communist, a marxist, a Maoist, a black separatist, an anarchist, a radical islamist or just a poor misguided liberal.

Of course, what will not be tolerated is the intolerant right and their hate speech. Their ought to be a law against that.

That well-known anti-American radical, Ted Nugent must be spoken to. He needs to get his mind right (or left). Rush Limbaugh must be dealt with. His sponsors must abandon him immediately. Glenn Beck must be driven from the airwaves for his constant racist hate speech. The ex-marine must be detained (without being read his rights), whisked away to a nearby psychiatric hospital for evaluation and dealt with for his anti-government facebook posts. These folks are all threats to our national security. And because they are such serious security threats, it’s ok to be intolrant of their radical views.

However, those with the same middleclass values as the rest of us should be celebrated for their views, such as the New Black Panthers. So they claim on several occasions to want to kill all the cracker babies. What’s so offensive about that?  That sort of diversity should be celebrated. And how about that apple pie and chevrolet, middle american group, the Muslim Brotherhood. So their charter includes the destruction of the west and rule under Shariah. If those aren’t true american values, I’ll eat my hat.

They should never be questioned, for as everyone knows, conservatives are the only subversives. The left would never conceive of such a thing as subvertion. Certainly not this guy: