Diversity and Inclusion Harm

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Diversity and Inclusion Harm

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it's not long before the magical words “diversity” and “inclusiveness” drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, as well. This obsession with diversity and inclusion is in the process of leading the nation to decline in a number of areas. We're told how it's doing so in science, in an article by Heather Mac Donald, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, titled “How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences” .

Mac Donald says that identity politics has already taken over the humanities and social sciences on American campuses. Waiting in the wings for a similar takeover are the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. In the eyes of the diversity and inclusiveness czars, the STEM fields don't have a pleasing mixture of blacks, Hispanics and women. The effort to get this “pleasing mix” is doing great damage to how science is taught and evaluated, threatening innovation and American competitiveness.

Universities and other institutions have started watering down standards and requirements in order to attract more minorities and women. Some of the arguments for doing so border on insanity. A math education professor at the University of Illinois wrote that “mathematics itself operates as Whiteness.” She says that the ability to solve algebra and geometry problems perpetuates “unearned privilege” among whites. A professor at Purdue University's School of Engineering Education published an article in a peer-reviewed journal positing that academic rigor is a “dirty deed” that upholds “white male heterosexual privilege,” adding that “scientific knowledge itself is gendered, raced, and colonizing.”

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are two federal agencies that fund university research and support postdoctoral education for physicians. Both agencies are consumed by diversity and inclusion ideology. The NSF and NIH can yank a grant when it comes up for renewal if the college has not supported a sufficient number of “underrepresented minorities.” Mac Donald quotes a UCLA scientist who reports: “All across the country the big question now in STEM is: how can we promote more women and minorities by ‘changing' (i.e., lowering) the requirements we had previously set for graduate level study?” Mac Donald observes, “Mathematical problem-solving is being deemphasized in favor of more qualitative group projects; the pace of undergraduate physics education is being slowed down so that no one gets left behind.”

Focusing on mathematical problem-solving and academic rigor, at least for black students at the college level, is a day late and a dollar short. The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation's Report Card, reported that only 17 percent of black students tested proficient or better in reading, and just 7 percent reached at least a proficient level in math. In some predominantly black high schools, not a single black student scored proficient in math. The academic and federal STEM busybodies ought to focus on the academic destruction of black youngsters between kindergarten and 12th grade and the conferring of fraudulent high school diplomas. Black people should not allow themselves to be used at the college level to help white liberals feel better about themselves and keep their federal grant money.

Mac Donald answers the question of whether scientific progress depends on diversity. She says: “Somehow, NSF-backed scientists managed to rack up more than 200 Nobel Prizes before the agency realized that scientific progress depends on ‘diversity.' Those ‘un-diverse' scientists discovered the fundamental particles of matter and unlocked the genetics of viruses.” She might have added that there wasn't even diversity among those white Nobel laureates. Jews constitute no more than 3 percent of the U.S. population but are 35 percent of American Nobel Prize winners. One wonders what diversity and inclusion czars might propose to promote ethnic diversity among Nobel Prize winners.


About Walter E.WilliamsWalter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 13 thoughts on “Diversity and Inclusion Harm

    1. Black, White or Brindle. Male or Female.
      If someone is as dumb as dog shit then they don’t get the “title” of scientist.
      At the rate the social engineers are going a Neanderthal could get a job in teaching because he is a minority.

    2. OK, Just when are they going to get “Killery” they have all they need to do it and you can bet your ass if you or I did it we would be locked up so fast!

    3. Now, now if math tests in back high schools related to dope dealing (one has a 8-Ball and sells 2 quarter grams-how much dope does one now have?) I bet the scores would be much higher.

    4. I could make many disgusting, foul, and vile remarks about this photo. It speaks for itself! You just can’t make this shit up!

    5. Socialistic and communistic policies and practices = everybody looses. Why no outcry about the under representation of whites and Native Americans in the NBA and NFL? Just because these socialist/communistic lefties say something is does not make it so. Do they have to compete or did they get their positions based on BS?

    6. I’ve found another sad side-effect of enforcing diversity by quota – self-doubt.
      I am Latino. I know I did very well in high school. I know my ACT score was high. I know I did very well in community college for two years, where led study sessions for white kids. I know once I went to university I continued doing well, and was asked to help tutor the white kids. I even took a couple of paid positions teaching as an undergrad. After college I worked midnights and crushed master level courses by day (in a program that insisted that its difficulty meant nobody should work at the same time). I received a few offers to join labs as a doctoral student. I earned my PhD under some unusually difficult circumstances.
      I can’t help but wonder just how many of my achievements were due to assorted diversity policies. No amount of achievement will ever get this thought out of my head; was my success just part of somebody’s quota? It doesn’t matter how well I did or how many Caucasians I beat out… somewhere in my head I’ll always have a tiny doubt in my own abilities. Am I good enough, or am I just a little brown?

      1. In the United States Marine Corps we had learned that you are not good until someone says that you are good or if you and your men are the only one left standing at the end of a fierce battle

        Let me tell you this as a matter of fact. If YOU are holding a PHd, YOU EARNED IT and YES! YOU ARE GOOD!

        1. And Barack Obama was the President of the United States for eight years. Attainment of a high position means next to nothing in this world. YMMV.

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