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.
This isn't unusual. These days a lot of large clients won't hire you unless you successfully complete their diversity questionnaires, including how many gay people and minorities are in your company and what efforts you have made to address racism and homophobia. I think part of it is required by federal regulation in a lot of areas (such as who financial institutions can enter into contracts with), part of it is simply political correctness adopted by large institutions.
We have lost work because we have refused to fill in the sexual orientation sections on the grounds it is none of our business and we don't keep any records of that (yes, we have gay employees but our feeling is orientation is irrelevant to what we do and is a privacy matter for the employee).
At an old job, my boss (a woman) had the guts to stand up during a management meeting (which I was in so I saw this) and ask "How do we know when we are finished?"
The meeting was about the company's success rate in achieving 'diversity'.
There was much discussion, at that point, about what diversity was. It wasn't about color of skin (but it was, since that was on every chart), supposedly. It was about different opinions. At which point I felt like asking, "Can I start a group which supports AGW Skeptics?", but held back knowing that as a man I would probably face the wrath of HR.
Diversity isn't about anything, really. It's about only what the people forcing it want it to mean. Usually that is a few things - hire women over men, hire minorities over whites, go out of your way to make the handicapped and disabled a larger part of your team, and make sure people are politically correct in their speech, behavior, thoughts (in whatever way it can be done), and dress. Well, not really dress. It has to be correct for certain people, but can be outlandish for homosexuals and minorities. Because we have to respect their rights over our own.
I find diversity to be a boring topic. It is really just a code word for collectivism or collective behavior - do what I/WE want, not anything that I/WE consider offensive, unless I decide you have the right to be offensive, in which case we'll make an exception for you just because that's what diversity does for us - it makes us appear broad minded, despite the very close-minded nature of its concept.
She correctly understood the unspeakable truth. It is never finished. There is no desired final state. Look at the three questions again - there is nothing there about achieving any diversity, only of continuing to bow to it.
Ugh, my head hurts just reading those three questions.
There are many ways of dealing with bad behavior instead of assuming all employees need fixing. As the HR manager in a small company, I'm proud to say I never tried to shove diversity training down my co-workers' throats.
the very questions are discriminatory and may well be illegal :)
except of course the "diversity" crowd have spread to corrupt the courts and you'd get accused of hate crimes for taking the issue to court.
In cold war Russia when a leader spoke in a formal setting you were obliged to give a standing ovation at appropriate times. The KGB would scan the audience for anyone who was among the first to stop applauding and target them for punishment and "re-education". So how are we any different???