We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Diversity Committee, use the term “diversity” to mean the desirability and value of many kinds of individual differences while at the same time acknowledging and respecting that socially constructed differences based on certain characteristics exist within systems of power that create and sustain inequality, hierarchy, and privilege.* The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is determined to eliminate these forms of inequality, hierarchy, and privilege in our programs and practices. In this sense, diversity is to be actively advanced because it fosters excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.
* These characteristics include, but are not limited to ability, age, body size and condition, class, color, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, geographical and cultural background, health status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. [Asterisk in original.]
Perhaps it was aiming for satire, but overshot the mark.
That pretty much limits admission there to single-celled animals. Assuming, of course, that they are not of the healthy, Caucasian, male, heterosexual, Christian, conservative species. In which case, they will have to undergo remedial diversity training and obesiance. ASnd promise never to write an intelligent sentence for the rest of their lives.
It seems to me that there are some political affiliations that would tend to reject the entire concept of some kind of overriding power construct that governs human interactions, and that in all interactions between people there is necessarily an oppressor and an oppressed. Mine, for instance.
There is a simple biological fact that it takes a man three minutes to become a father, but it takes a woman nine months to have a baby. Because of this there are certain innate differences in how men and women behave and treat the opposite sex. Males are programmed to compete with each other for access to resources and females. Evolutionarily, they are also more expendable, so they are programmed to accept higher risk-reward ratios.
Humans also seem to be programmed towards loyalty to the tribe, and to resist outsiders. The brain naturally matches people into us and them groups.
Until we can evolve into the Star Trek Metrons, creatures of pure thought and energy, we are going to be bound to these behaviors that are encoded into our DNA. Education can overcome some of the more blatant displays of these attitudes, but they can never eliminate them completely.