Mar 9 • 2M

Why the GOP Should Undergo Remedial Diversity Training

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Author, agitator and activist Jim Hightower spreads the good word of true populism, under the simple notion that "everybody does better, when everybody does better."
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Obviously, the main social problem in America is that Black people run everything and us white folks as a group just can’t get a fair break, right? So says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

As a lifelong white Texan, I can’t tell you how “amazing” it is to see our governor, come out unapologetically for a return to old-time institutional bigotry. Absolutely *Freaking* Amazing! Apparently, Abbott fantasizes that hordes of Black people are seizing control of our government, universities, banks, media… and other power centers, shoving aside more qualified and entitled whites. Going from fantasy to hallucination, he concludes that this takeover is caused by corporate and government hiring policies that bolster diversity and inclusiveness in our society. Even attempting to implement this democratic goal, he barks, is illegal because – get this – it violates federal law against discrimination.

Yes, in GregWorld, fighting discrimination against minorities discriminates against the white majority. So his excellency has actually issued an edict directing state agencies and universities to shut down all hiring programs that include diversity goals! His official injunction declares that deliberately trying to stop excluding minorities from full access to employment opportunities leads to the “alienation of individuals from the workplace.” He means, of course that some white people are alienated that non-white people are getting job opportunities – never mind that minorities routinely suffer extreme “alienation from the workplace” – ie, exclusion. By the way, Abbott’s attack on diversity not only opens the door to even more job discrimination against Black Americans, but also against women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, all people of color, and veterans. Give him credit: He’s an equal opportunity abuser!

Abbott and his right-wing ilk should realize that the price of creating an exclusive society with no diversity is that they would then be stuck living with people like themselves.

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