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From the New York Times:

The Big Business of Unconscious Bias

Companies want to avoid racism, sexism and misgendering. Consultants are standing by.

By Nora Zelevansky
Nov. 20, 2019, 5:27 p.m. ET

Recently, a story circulated within the diversity, equity and inclusion industry (D.E.I.),

iSteve commenter Buck suggests: “And DEI is more accurate than DIE. It’s literally the new God.”

one that somehow didn’t go viral on social media: At an unnamed company, co-workers were taking their seats before a sensitivity training workshop began, when some white male employees entered as a group with targets pinned to their shirts — a sartorial statement about their anticipated persecution.

Apocryphal or not, “the story is powerful for two reasons,” said Laura Bowser, the board chair and former C.E.O. of TMI Consulting Inc., a D.E.I. strategy company in Richmond, Va., named for its two founders, but also the abbreviation meaning “too much information.” “One, it shows that there is still an utter lack of empathy and understanding about privilege and power dynamics. Second, it demonstrates how many diversity and inclusion trainings in the past have failed.”

DIE will not have triumphed as long as any white men still joke about it.

Of late, the D.E.I. (also known as D & I) industry is booming, creating new career paths and roles. Institutions and businesses are trying to correct power imbalances, which means a growing need for experts who can help address and define issues like unconscious bias.

“I’ve seen a difference in people’s level of engagement and desire to stretch themselves since the 2016 election,” said Michelle Kim, the C.E.O. and co-founder of Awaken, an experiential D.E.I. workshop company in Oakland, Calif., whose program is popular with the tech industry. “We’re seeing employees demanding action, not just lip service.”

Awaken’s sessions, taught over the course of months, combine large group activities, self-reflection and small group conversations, and focus on themes like exploring identities, overcoming microaggressions, thoughtful ally-ship and, most recently, inclusive language.

According to data from Indeed, a job-search engine, D.E.I.-related postings were up more than 25 percent from August 2018 to August 2019. ,,,

“Sensitivity training became popular in the ’80s and ’90s,” Ms. Bowser said. “It focuses on the negative: what not to do or say. But one-off training doesn’t shift culture in the direction we want to see it go: building empathy.” Inclusion is an ongoing process. Pay equity, language, marketing and hiring practices are all now subject to scrutiny.

Even at a well-intentioned company that espouses progressive values, there will inevitably be slips of the tongue and insensitive emails: the wrong pronoun, an outdated term, an assumption about how a person identifies him, her or themself. The glossary of appropriate terminology and inclusive acronyms and abbreviations is constantly evolving. …

Even the experts are learning on the job. While running a recent panel, Ms. Brown asked the participants to indicate their preferred pronouns when they introduced themselves.

She forgot to say her own, which, in turn, tripped up audience members, who fell back on expressions like “you guys” for fear of getting it wrong. “I do this for a living and am literally learning in real time, in front of audiences,” she said.

Ms. Bowser also recalled a slip-up: She was at a conference with a woman (post-gender transition) whom she had originally met as a man. In conversation with this person and others, Ms. Bowser accidentally referred to her as he instead of she….

The company strives to generate inclusion with initiatives like featuring personal stories from employees on Instagram and selling rainbow Pride laptop skin. “It’s become an integrative piece of how companies engage in their broader ecosystem,” she said.

How does one break into the D.E.I. field? Some universities, including Cornell, Georgetown and Yale, are beginning to offer certificate programs and online courses on the subject.

For now, industry leaders have a range of backgrounds: social justice, sales, marketing, political activism, minority studies, writing and more.

But, for some reason, generally not mechanical engineering or actuarial science.

Some, according to Ms. Bowser, just have a natural gift for navigating difficult conversations or defusing tension in a room.

Others have a natural gift for increasing tensions with hate hoaxes and using them to blackmail executives into giving them promotions and more underlings.

Whether consultants, recruiters, in-house D.E.I. executives, workshop leaders or manuscript readers in publishing, the positions demand emotional intelligence.

But not intelligence intelligence.

Often, people enter the profession after personal experiences with prejudice at school or in the workplace.

“I identify as a member of the L.G.B.T.+ community and a woman business leader,” said Ms. Brown, whose company originally focused on more general leadership training. “I realized this was an important cause to support and a niche with growth potential.”

The job can be challenging, she said: “People only sign up because their passion is so deep that they want to fix the world.”

According to Ms. Bowser, diversity support can cost $25,000 to $450,000 a year, depending on the client’s needs. Businesses also have to factor in the time employees spend away from their desks during training.

The process can take anywhere from three months to a few years.

Because obviously, the DIE consultancies are striving manfully (oops) to put themselves out of business by permanently fixing their clients’ problems. So, corporations will only have to pay $45k annually for a few years tops, absolute limit!

Fortune 500 companies with existing diversity departments may only need educational refreshers, while companies starting from scratch may require thorough examinations of mission statements, employee reviews, airing of past grievances and more.

Everyday is Festivus in the DIE biz.

Consultants talk to employees about their day-to-day experiences, redline handbooks and intervene with coaching and conflict resolution.

Tiffany Jana

Isn’t the word “redline” triggering? What if somebody’s great-grandmother was personally redlined by FDR in 1938, which is why grandma’s house isn’t worth 7 figures?

Despite, or perhaps because of, Silicon Valley’s reputation for diversity gaps, tech tools are blooming to help. TMI’s founder, Tiffany Jana, is developing Loom, an online assessment and reporting platform that looks at an organization’s culture and identifies inclusion gaps. …

But sometimes only the human touch will do, as Eve Campan, a human resources site manager for Porex, a large filtration company, can attest. … Each time, she said, more of the original dissenters came around.

After a few weeks, all the dissenters agreed that 2 + 2 = 5.

According to Ms. Bowser, the key is to make everyone, from assistants to C.E.O.s, feel as if they are part of the conversation.

I was waiting for the word “conversation” to be used.

“If you’re not making people aware and holding them responsible at the upper levels of your organization, then you don’t have a chance,” Mr. Johnson said.

In some cases, the term “diversity” itself may need to be redefined, so that it encompasses not only race, gender, religion and sexual orientation, but also veterans, people with disabilities, ageism, economic disparity, past trauma and more.

I went to see Ford v Ferrari and the box office clerk only charged me $8.75 because she misaged me as qualifying for the 61-and-up Senior Discount, while I’m still days away.

“The question isn’t about whether it’s effective,” Ms. Kim said. “It’s about how to make it effective.”

After all, everyone brings their own complex back story to the table, and offenses can go both ways. Melissa Roth, a Jewish writer recalled an incident that occurred in a fiction writing class in Los Angeles, when she used the word “gypped” and a white woman in class reprimanded her.

“I got called out for being offensive to Gypsies,” she said, “by someone who couldn’t pronounce the word ‘chutzpah.’”

Okaaaaaay!

One thing that your DIE consultant will never tell you is precisely who gets more privilege than whom on the Intersectional Totem Pole. Do Gypsies or Jews get more DIE Pokemon Points?

Nope, those are trade secrets.

 
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  1. Lagertha says:

    And, everything dies….I am so done….there is nothing.

    • Replies: @brandybranch
  2. Lagertha says:

    And, everything dies….I am so done….there is nothing. Don’t be a jerk, Steve., there is nothing, so nothing.

  3. Daniel H says:

    >>Recently, a story circulated within the diversity, equity and inclusion industry

    So it’s an industry now.

  4. Anon7 says:

    Quite a growth industry. I understand that, after the Bolsheviks took over in Russia in 1917, there was an explosion in the number of people who were needed to make sure everything was politically correct.

  5. Lagertha says:

    And, everything dies….I am so done….there is nothing

    • Agree: R.G. Camara, bomag
    • Disagree: Charles Erwin Wilson 3
  6. Melissa Roth, a Jewish writer recalled an incident that occurred in a fiction writing class in Los Angeles, when she used the word “gypped” and a white woman in class reprimanded her.

    “I got called out for being offensive to Gypsies,” she said, “by someone who couldn’t pronounce the word ‘chutzpah.’

    “Stupid white goyim! Don’t you know if you can’t pronounce my language, you can’t call me out on my racism? So uppity!”

  7. newrouter says:

    heads i win tails you lose:

    > Melissa Roth, a Jewish writer recalled an incident that occurred in a fiction writing class in Los Angeles, when she used the word “gypped” and a white woman in class reprimanded her.

    “I got called out for being offensive to Gypsies,” she said, “by someone who couldn’t pronounce the word ‘chutzpah.’” <

  8. TMI’s founder, Tiffany Jana, is developing Loom, an online assessment and reporting platform that looks at an organization’s culture and identifies inclusion gaps.

    loom (2) / (luːm) /
    verb (intr)
    To come into view indistinctly with an enlarged and often threatening aspect. Example: The HR lady loomed at the doorway to the conference room, and Haven Monahan knew instantly that this was the end of his career.

    Consultants talk to employees about their day-to-day experiences, redline handbooks

    They call it “redlining”? Triggering.

    Nat Razi

    Okay, this is just shooting fish in a barrel.

    • LOL: bomag, sayless
    • Replies: @David
  9. ‘People only sign up [to be DEI scourges] because their passion is so deep that they want to fix the world.’

    That says it all, really.

  10. Buck says:

    “People are showing courage by getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

    Great! So next week at Thanksgiving dinner, when I’m comfortable making everyone else uncomfortable, I’ll be showing courage.

    I couldn’t help but notice the very large article on diversity and inclusion failed to include viewpoint diversity.

    • Replies: @Haha
  11. The truth is white men have contributed nothing to western civilization

    The math is Arabic science is Chinese religion is my ddleceastern

  12. So, sensitivity training is like Communism; It just hasn’t been tried hard enough. Here is Rat Nazi to the rescue ‘ve haf vays of making you sensitive’

    • LOL: Dtbb
  13. Buck says:

    And DEI is more accurate than DIE. It’s literally the new God.

  14. anon[135] • Disclaimer says:

    People only sign up to be Commissars because their passion is so deep that they want to fix the world.

    • LOL: Hibernian
  15. anon[135] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill Bixby

    The truth is white men have contributed nothing to western civilization

    You left out something about “white women all desire Men of Color”, Tiny. Slipping up, quality is down.

    I’ve lost count. Is this your 8th or 10th new ID?

    • Troll: jon
  16. An article I stumbled upon about an academic treatment of Jewish migration throughout history.

    Refugees or Migrants is a scholarly work …Chazan’s main argument is that as Jews have moved from place to place ever since their ancient scattering from the Promised Land, but they have much more often been voluntarily seeking new opportunities than fleeing persecution.

    https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/history-ideas/2019/03/nothing-better-illuminates-todays-immigration-debate-than-the-migratory-history-of-the-jews/

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Ed
  17. Dtbb says:

    Ministry of Love aborning. They are creating an industry, dogma and credentials, ad hoc and on the fly, out of whole cloth at warp speed.

    OT: Watching Nova on PBS currently about violence. They are trying to equate it to infectious diseases complete with maps that match up areas it effects. Sounds dubious to me. They even have guys called “Violence Interrupters” patrolling hot spots in Baltimore.

    Your buddy Pinker is prominent.

    Sounds like a similar scam to above. Don’t these companies have any actual work to accomplish?

  18. According to McKinsey & Company, the consultancy, businesses in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to be more successful financially; executive teams with gender diversity are 21 percent more likely to outperform their peers.

    You mean like super-diverse NASA in the 60s? I call B.S. on this one. I think they might be mixing up cause and effect. I suspect diversifying is an effect, or something that happens to a successful business once it’s successful, not a cause of that success. Put differently, a successful business gambit, whether it does well because of a great innovation, sweat, luck, timing, or some combination of the foregoing, can afford to go all rainbow once it’s established. It’s like a trust fund billionaire kid who spends his time partying and lounging by the pool. “Research shows that partying and lounging by the pool are linked to enormous quantities of money.”

    But it’s also important for public relations and brand identity. “D & I has transformed from a compliance function to a cultural transformation accelerator for companies who want to establish themselves as relevant,” said Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, the chief diversity officer at Microsoft.

    I bet.

    Go rainbow or the EEOC and the Justice Dept. will be knocking on your door.

    The company strives to generate inclusion with initiatives like featuring personal stories from employees on Instagram and selling rainbow Pride laptop skin. “It’s become an integrative piece of how companies engage in their broader ecosystem,” she said.

    Clown World. If ‘1984’ had to happen, I almost wish it looked like the dystopia prophesied in that Pink Floyd movie with the jack boots and military parades. At least the parades and uniforms would be cool to look at.

    • Agree: Dtbb, Malenfant, TWS
  19. BenKenobi says:

    “And how we burned in the seminars later, thinking: what would things have been like if every Diversity operative, when she went to facilitate a new workshop, had been uncertain whether she would return alive and had to say goodbye to her cats?
    – Benxander Kenshenitszyn

    • Agree: Dtbb
  20. bgates says:

    In some cases, the term “diversity” itself may need to be redefined, so that it encompasses not only [personal trait], [personal trait], [personal trait], and [personal trait], but also [group of people], [group of people], [discrimination against a group of people on the basis of personal trait], [difference between people], [events in the past involving one or more persons] and more.

    In this case, the term “stupid” may need to be redefined, so that it encompasses not only this article and the views championed in this article, but also the writer of the article, the people quoted in the article, and my decision to read the quoted excerpts of the article.

    • LOL: bomag
  21. After all, everyone brings their own complex back story to the table, and offenses can go both ways. Melissa Roth, a Jewish writer recalled an incident that occurred in a fiction writing class in Los Angeles, when she used the word “gypped” and a white woman in class reprimanded her.

    “I got called out for being offensive to Gypsies,” she said, “by someone who couldn’t pronounce the word ‘chutzpah.’

    Literally “how dare the goyim speak to me, a Chosen One, like that?!”

    I’m so glad that despite working for a major multinational corporation (hard STEM), there are practically no diversity initiatives or even lip-service to them. They didn’t even send a tweet for International Women’s Day.

  22. We have one of those at our local gov. office now. It’s a make work operation in which the main organizer pesters people on how disparities *do* mean discrimination.

  23. Paul says:

    How much money is there to be made in this racket? What do these outfits charge per session?

    • Replies: @bomag
  24. @Patrick in SC

    Yeah, it’s turning out more Harrison Bergeron, complete with the diverse Directors of Equality. (She was female in the story).

    During the 2016 rise of Bernie, Steve pointed out that “Bernie Bros.” were a lot of white guys with more testosterone on average than other leftist men, because Bernie’s initial pro-union policies spoke to men who wanted to secure the future through negotiation and actually demanding things in a manly way. But only a little, and then he went very wussy left.

    This is all encouraging for us. If the testosterone is on your side, the aggression is on your side, and the women will drift longingly towards your side. Men just need to start ignoring leftist women demands—-and they will have no immediate way to force it on us.

    • Replies: @anon
  25. Malenfant says:
    @Patrick in SC

    You’re exactly right.

    Once companies get sufficiently large, they’re often essentially forced to “diversify.” In the past, this was frequently only implicit; now, in the D.E.I. era we find ourselves in, it is increasingly mandated by new laws, e.g.: https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2018/10/16/the-california-board-diversity-requirement/

    Along the same lines, but even worse: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/world/europe/german-law-requires-more-women-on-corporate-boards.html

    So established companies diversify once they cross a milestone — a certain size threshold, for instance. This has nothing at all to do with their success. And the performance of a company’s Board of Directors — or lack thereof — also tends to have nothing to do with the performance of the business. At best, the board consists of useful advisers; more often than not, they’re just a rubber stamp.

  26. “I’ve seen a difference in people’s level of engagement and desire to stretch themselves since the 2016 election,” said Michelle Kim

    The message is that the fact that the nation could elect Donald Trump means it needs way, way more diversity training. In fact, training sessions may not be enough–camps might be required for sufficient reeducation.

  27. @Daniel H

    So it’s an industry now.

    Apparently, and it appears that indicating your preferred pronouns is to it what the iPhone was to Apple.

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
  28. duncsbaby says:

    As long as they stay away from D.I.Y. everything is A-OK.
    (Everything is not A-OK.)

  29. The Chinese are manufacturing retail products for the world and building high-speed railroads that criss-cross the country and superhighways with 10’s of thousands of new bridges and tunnels even in the remote mountains, and this is America’s new industry.

    Best handle I’ve seen on unz.com: Citizen of a Silly Country.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  30. anon[149] • Disclaimer says:

    t an unnamed company, co-workers were taking their seats before a sensitivity training workshop began, when some white male employees entered as a group with targets pinned to their shirts — a sartorial statement about their anticipated persecution.

    Wait, where’s the empathy for their position? Where’s the sensitivity to their feelings? Where’s the inclusion of their point of view?

    It’s almost as though this is just a yuge exercise in “get whitey”, but that can’t be true. Surely, that can’t be true.

    • Agree: Dtbb
  31. Mr. Anon says:

    TMI’s founder, Tiffany Jana, is developing Loom, an online assessment and reporting platform that looks at an organization’s culture and identifies inclusion gaps. …

    Additional software packages that TMI sells are Lurk, Intimidate, and Menace

    • Disagree: Dtbb
    • Replies: @Dtbb
  32. @Dtbb

    Ministry of Love aborning. They are creating an industry, dogma and credentials, ad hoc and on the fly, out of whole cloth at warp speed.

    You’ve got it, Dtbb. If not already, companies like TMI will get US Government grants for this shit. A few years from now, on this track, obscure laws will be passed to make this “training” mandatory for companies of size 50 employees or more. A little later, a government agency forms … crawling through the slime … at the bottom of a dark Scottish lake …

  33. duncsbaby says:
    @R.G. Camara

    “I got called out for being offensive to Gypsies,” she said, “by someone who couldn’t pronounce the word ‘chutzpah.’

    Truly hilarious. Reminds me of an old Crossfire episode from the 80’s where Pat Buchanan started laughing at the Dem Tom Braden who kept pronouncing ‘chutzpah,’ with a ‘ch’ sound at the beginning of it. Now that’s chutzpah!

  34. Tulip says:

    Astrology is more fun than implicit bias training, and stands on equally sound scientific grounds. And, I’m sure it came from wise Black Elders in Egypt originally, I think Mary Beard proved that.

  35. @Harry Baldwin

    “So it’s an industry now.”

    Not really!

    Industries make useful things and provide services that expedite the making of useful things. DIE destroys useful things and destroys the smooth corporate functioning that facilitates making useful things.

    As a woke prog might put it, “DIE deconstructs”

  36. what is the response by the red lining people when you bring up decent white neighborhoods that are now poor black neighborhoods? What’s the reason they fell apart other than just the generic “white flight?” How can red lining be the problem if blacks seemingly have the same problem in formerly nice areas?

    • Replies: @bomag
  37. We just won’t ask Republican elected officials to do anything legislatively about this.

    All the agenda items we hoist on them, or we allow them to hoist on us, but not this. This one is for the Twitterati and iSteve.

  38. Neuday says:

    If this crap isn’t a harbinger of a massive economic contraction I don’t know what is. This isn’t First-World problems; it’s Clown-World problems. If forced to attend one of these sessions, I’d recommend a red baseball cap and a well-rehearsed Covington Catholic smirk.

    • Replies: @Jasperpants
  39. TWS says:
    @Bill Bixby

    Getting old Tiny. If you want people to read what you write be more entertaining. Quit using sock puppets. Poor form old man and says, ‘I’m so boring and predictable everyone’s blocked me’.

    I don’t block you because occasionally you can be entertaining but more people will block you the more you pull stunts like this.

    • Troll: jon
    • Replies: @jon
  40. The very notion that DEI is an ‘industry’ has ominous implications for our future.

    You know, you can’t eat this. You can’t wear it. It won’t prevent smallpox. It is, materially, a complete waste of human time and energy.

    People no longer do things that matter. This isn’t good.

  41. If no one commented about Gyping the JAP, an opportunity was missed.

  42. Dutch Boy says:

    The US Army was a pioneer in the DIE effort: we were subjected to this stuff in the 1970s.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    , @Hibernian
  43. If they’d just gone with the meritocratic Opportunity instead of the socialistic Equity they would’ve had the material for a pretty awesome acronym.

  44. Jack D says:

    At an unnamed company, co-workers were taking their seats before a sensitivity training workshop began, when some white male employees entered as a group with targets pinned to their shirts — a sartorial statement about their anticipated persecution.

    “One, it shows that there is still an utter lack of empathy and understanding about privilege and power dynamics.

    One it shows that the men had accurately sized up the situation and knew what was coming – can’t have that.

    Second, it demonstrates how many diversity and inclusion trainings in the past have failed.”

    The beatings will continue until morale improves!

    These “trainings” have exactly the same dynamics as Cultural Revolution struggle sessions. Maybe they don’t make the victims wear dunce caps and Big Character signs but the purpose is exactly the same. The victim is supposed to engage in “self criticism”. The struggle must continue for as long as necessary until the victim admits the error of his ways. If he refuses to repent, this only means that more struggle sessions are needed – as many as necessary to break the victims will. That he has the “wrong” opinions and must change them is taken as a given.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer, El Dato
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  45. And then, one bright sunny morning, all of the people got out of bed, brushed their teeth, ate their breakfast, got dressed, then walked down to the corner, and voted for Hitler.

    And nobody could ever figure out an explanation why.

    • Agree: BenKenobi
    • LOL: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Joe Schmoe
  46. The earliest DEI organization has been around for 91 years:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opus_Dei
    (pronouns: ego/mei/mihi/me/me)

    • Replies: @Jack D
  47. Arclight says:

    The goal of “developing empathy” just means reaching the point at which no one dares to openly disagree. That’s the entire point of this racket….and since not all people are sheep, they have a perpetual raison d’etre.

    • Agree: brandybranch
  48. Michelle Kim, the C.E.O. and co-founder of Awaken

    Any relation?

    a growing need for experts

    A Full Employment Act!

    After a few weeks, all the dissenters agreed that 2 + 2 = 5.

    Oh, they’re well beyond that. It’s 2 + 2 = 5i

    • LOL: Bubba
    • Replies: @Desiderius
  49. Jack D says:
    @Ginger bread man

    This is a false dichotomy. Every country for every ethnic group has a relative shittiness of life index, which is made up of a number of factors – the general economic level of the country, the level of discrimination against your ethnic group, the opportunity to improve your lot in life, etc. If the index of Country A is about the same as that in Country B (e.g. Canada vs. the US) then you are not going to get a lot of movement, but if the indices are significantly different, it’s like the water pressure in a pipe that is connecting two tanks with different water levels – people are going to want to move to the place where the relative shittiness is lower and you are going to need to have a very stout, Berlin Wall quality valve on that pipe if you want to block the flow between two places at a vastly different level. (Notice that the movement itself raises the RSI in the place where the migrants are going – eventually they equalize and there’s no more pressure in the pipe, just as hardly anyone moves from Ireland or Italy to the US anymore.

    So Jewish immigration could be BOTH push (the forcible expulsion of the Jews from various European countries) and pull (the offers of favorable treatment by the Polish kings). In rare cases (e.g. Jews moving from Germany to the Dominican Republic in the 1930s) it is almost 100% push but usually (e.g. the movement of Jews from Czarist and later Soviet Russia to the US) it was some combination of push and pull.

  50. Global Citizen [AKA "Moonbeam"] says:

    Deplorables and their culture are to be demoralized and destroyed. This means you. The sartorial instincts of those employees will mark them for corporate doom at the hands of HR. They will be subjected to relentless pressure until they surrender and eat shit.

    30 years ago big companies started eliminating deplorables from technical employment. That effort has largely been successful.

    It isn’t about fair; it’s about psychological death to deplorables. Ok Boomer, just eat your this plate of microbial sausage.

  51. @Daniel H

    So it’s an industry now.

    Now we will have Big Diversity as an industry-pressure group lobbying for mandatory employee re-education laws.

    The good news is that the last time they tried this stuff all data showed it just annoyed and red-pilled its victims, er . . . beneficiaries.

  52. Jack D says:
    @Bill Bixby

    The math is Arabic science is Chinese religion is my ddleceastern

    And proper used of spelling and punctuation is clearly white.

    • Troll: jon
  53. @Bill Bixby

    Ancient Greece td. There are these guys named Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, kind of important as well.

  54. David says:
    @WowJustWow

    Tiffany means “god appearing,” sort of like epiphany.

  55. Dtbb says:
    @Mr. Anon

    That’s a big fat LOL. My bad.

  56. Nico says:

    The NYT wisely decided to turn off comments for this one, probably guessing – correctly – that the thrashing they would get would result in a credibility hit which would more than negate anything they had hoped to accomplish with this idiotic article.

  57. jon says:
    @TWS

    If you want people to read what you write be more entertaining.

    You didn’t just read it, you responded to it. Don’t feed the troll.

  58. jon says:

    That picture accompanying the article seems a little to on the nose – a bunch of people laid out on a conveyor belt having their brains replaced, assembly-line style by a group of undersized little minions:

  59. anon[256] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara

    But only a little, and then he went very wussy left.

    More like “he stepped waaaaay back”…

    …note the classic genital-protecting passive stance. He’s too old for this ride.

    This is all encouraging for us. If the testosterone is on your side, the aggression is on your side, and the women will drift longingly towards your side.

    MAGA.

    Men just need to start ignoring leftist feminine women demands—-and they will have no immediate way to force it on us.

    Women are natural socialists. That’s why giving them the vote is a yuge fail. That’s why feminism and socialism go together so well.

  60. El Dato says:
    @Daniel H

    When the “community” no longer serves, the “industry” must step in.

    Pay up, bigot!

    Apocryphal or not, “the story is powerful for two reasons,” said Laura Bowser, the board chair and former C.E.O. of TMI Consulting Inc., a D.E.I. strategy company in Richmond, Va., named for its two founders, but also the abbreviation meaning “too much information.”

    Might that manly lady down the schoolroom row who is giving you the look be a trans?

    Could be TOO MUCH INFORMATION!

    “One, it shows that there is still an utter lack of empathy and understanding about privilege and power dynamics. Second, it demonstrates how many diversity and inclusion trainings in the past have failed.”

    “For a price, we will fix those!”

    The job can be challenging, she said: “People only sign up because their passion is so deep that they want to fix the world.”

    Many people in weird uniform with retarded boyscout heraldics on lapels wanted to fix the world. It generally turned bad.

  61. Nico says:

    The Democrats can’t use their midterm strategy for the presidentials: as one pundit put it, make white women cry about “family separation” at the border and then switch the topic to health care. They can’t do this, because the higher singular profiles ensure that if they talk about immigration they will invite the general public to talk about it more deeply as well as be invited to clarify their own intended course of action. I wish they would, as this would force the Republicans to be clear, and neither party wants to be: the GOP too beholden to the Chamber of Commerce and the Democrats to their dreams of future voters as well as the (((upper echelon)))’s dreams of a permanently disinfranchised founding population of what was supposed to be a white Christian nation. Donald Trump’s set a brilliant trap in late 2015 and the Dems bought the bait: he got them to talk about immigration without too much insistence or clarity on his part. It’s doubtful they’ll make that mistake again, so if he wants them to talk more about immigration he’ll have to talk more about it, and in that case he’d better have something incredible in the works before the party conventions (and I doubt he does, but he’s surprised me for the better in the past, so I’ll wait and see but not too hopefully).

    More likely, however, the Democrats’ hopes for 2020 hinge on at least maintaining – if possible shoring up – black enthusiasm while avoiding stoking further negro fatigue (and its other intersectionalist analogues with respect to LGBT, feminism, third-world immigration) among whites. If they can hold firm their 2016 numbers then demographic trends are on the Democrats’ side but the task is easier said than done.

    White centrists are inclined to take most of what is sold as “mainstream,” which has it that Donald Trump is a vicious far-right Nazi or Nazi-enabler. At the same time more than a few of them either are exasperated at the impossibility of getting back, on a small scale, to “business as usual” and a few even sense that the Democrats are becoming just a bit annoying with all this AOC co-optation. Anonymous comments on pieces like this give them a forum in which to find one another and discover they aren’t the only ones. Over time, this reinforces sentiments of exasperation among the centrists and emboldens them to speak out, something which could weaken the Democratic enthusiasm by exposing underlying divisions further.

  62. El Dato says:
    @R.G. Camara

    > TFW you infect the peasants with your mindvirus and they turn on you before you manage to get to the safe space.

  63. Mr. Blank says:

    My company did away with all this stuff when the Great Recession hit, and has never made an attempt to bring it back. Knowing our execs and what they’re like, I’m sure they would LOVE to bring it back, but they can’t justify the expense. Our HR department ever since has been basically a few people who answer questions about benefits.

    It seems like the establishment of a meddlesome HR bureaucracy is pretty good indication that a firm has more money than it knows what to do with — a company where finances are tight isn’t going to waste money on this stuff. Whether it’s a leading or a lagging indicator, or might be a clue for investors, I don’t know.

  64. One great example of DEI in action is OG Twitter, circa 2012.

    Diversity of users. Equity in exposure. Inclusion of all legal speech.

    Well, we now see what DEI gets you, at least for Twitter. Less diversity, unless you’re only counting skin color. Inequity in exposure. Exclusion of certain forms of speech.

    Why, it’s almost like DEI leads to friction and balkanization.

  65. Haha says:
    @Buck

    “Viewpoint diversity”? LOL, love your line. I believe you have invented just the right stick to beat back the hordes of political correctness enforcers. I am going to make full use of these two words “viewpoint enforcers”.

  66. Ed says:
    @Ginger bread man

    I mean they have at one point another been kicked out of every European country but this also rings true. There were large diaspora settlements in antiquity before the Temple was destroyed, so can’t say they were fleeing something.

    Many Jews fleeing the Inquisition fled to the Spanish Netherlands which would seems odd on its face but the country had a decent economy based on trade and the Inquisition never took hold there despite Spanish dominion.

    • Replies: @Coag
    , @Pericles
  67. The promised extinction-level asteroid can’t arrive soon enough.

  68. @Dtbb

    They even have guys called “Violence Interrupters” patrolling hot spots in Baltimore.

    Wow, what an innovative way to, uh…get shot?

  69. Thirdtwin says:

    “I was waiting for the word “conversation” to be used.”

    And I was waiting for the word “mobilize” to be used. Maybe next time.

  70. @Achmed E. Newman

    Achmed, if China is so great , why do Chinese women still slip into the USA to have their babies? At the same time I have seen no data indicating China is having a problem with American women doing the same.

  71. Bryan says:

    Jesus Christ on a raft!

  72. @Dutch Boy

    And if you were subjected it was demeaning and demoralizing.

  73. Anonymous[840] • Disclaimer says:

    “We’re seeing employees demanding action, not just lip service.”

    Just lip service” as a contrapoint to “action” is rather exclusionary to the lipsexual community. Yes, that’s the “Ł” part of LGBTQWERTY…

    Comrade, I think this needs to be reformulated and a CRITICISM is in order.

  74. notsaying says:

    I wonder if this kind of training could be applied to our elites so that they could be taught to identify themselves first as Americans and with Americans, instead of having their first loyalty being to themselves and other elites around the world?

    If so, I’d be all for it.

    If we want life in America to change, we need an elite that is aligned with us.

    All the stuff about racism and sexism and diversity is meaningless, next that. Nothing big is going to change until the people in charge no longer have all the money and power directed to themselves and leaving the rest of us to fight over the crumbs.

  75. gregor says:

    Many universities now require faculty to submit a “diversity statement” wherein you must affirm your devotion to promoting the school’s diversity agenda.

    Here is Berkeley’s rubric for judging job candidates for their diversity. It’s a 1 to 5 scale, and even to get a 1 you have to pretend you are all for it.

    https://ofew.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/rubric_to_assess_candidate_contributions_to_diversity_equity_and_inclusion.pdf

  76. Second, it demonstrates how many diversity and inclusion trainings in the past have failed.

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    As an aside, Chrome doesn’t consider “trainings” to be a word.

  77. Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo of Sirius XM attempts to pronounce “chutzpah”. While he is a WASP, he worked in NYC for many years as part of Mike & the Mad Dog, so it’s not as if the word should be foreign to him.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    , @PiltdownMan
  78. Coag says:
    @Ed

    I am being a pedant but Spain and the Spanish Netherlands were, in the relevant time period, separate constitutional entities with separate cultures and governments under the same Habsburg king, similar to the homophobic Jamaica sharing the same Queen Elizabeth as the homophilic UK. So Jews going from Andalusia to Antwerp would be like Malcolm Gladwell’s family circulating around Jamaica and Canada.

  79. Coag says:
    @Simply Simon

    It’s because China’s too physically crowded with fewer resources and riches per capita. One billion Chinese would like no more than to flood into empty and fertile North America and start blowing up mountains, leveling forests, and paving fields to build megalithic infrastructure projects. Will our intrepid armies of DEI/DIE consultants be able to stop them?

  80. bomag says:
    @Paul

    How much money is there to be made in this racket?

    The money is in getting corporations to fund and staff these positions.

    You’d think the jobs would end when the place becomes 100% diverse. But I suspect the price of diversity is eternal vigilance from a well funded corporate slot.

  81. bomag says:
    @bigdicknick

    what is the response by the red lining people when you bring up decent white neighborhoods that are now poor black neighborhoods?

    I believe Michelle Obama recently explained this: white people take all the tax money to their new neighborhood.

  82. Dan Smith says:

    I attended a super progressive boarding school in the 60s . I won’t mention the name but RFK’s daughter went there, along with many other rich and connected liberal kids. My senior class of 50 had one black student, but the school was busting its butt with minority recruitment. The next year had a more robust 10% or so. They’ve continued on the same line. Now, 50 years later, the school has hired a diversity and inclusion specialist. I’m sure the numbers are right but they’re so obsessed with being woke that it doesn’t matter. Crazy! What a waste.

  83. Gabe Ruth says:
    @Dtbb

    Sounds like Randall Collins, who is kind of interesting. He’s written often about interaction rituals, the importance of momentum in confrontation, and the way violence can often be averted just by one party doing something simple to break the cycle of escalation.

  84. @Lagertha

    there is nothing, so nothing.

    There is something, so, something. Suck it up, at least for your children.

  85. Hibernian says:
    @ScarletNumber

    Someone named Russo is unlikely to be a full-blooded WASP, at the very least.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  86. For now, industry leaders have a range of backgrounds: social justice, sales, marketing, political activism, minority studies, writing and more.

    And people said most of those things were useless skills. Joke’s on…everyone?

  87. Hibernian says:
    @Dutch Boy

    The DIE effort at Ft. Dix 1989-90 mainly concentrated on making sure none of us started a riot in the barracks.

  88. Alternatively, one might say that Western civilization is looking at an IED in the middle of the road forward.

  89. @ScarletNumber

    He’s from Long Island and has worked in New York City for almost 30 years. He must have decided on the fly, deliberately, to say it that way—aiming for comic effect which didn’t quite work.

  90. I’m from Virginia, the old one. Spent several years in the military, all over. And while these folks may have some stiff competition, I believe they are the most racist individuals I ever heard of. They take their own racism, project it onto everyone else, then charge serious cash to ‘fix’ it.

    These are some smart bastards, I tell you. And anyone that cooperates with it is a coward. I’d quit, I’d leave the industry, the company, the country. This is the silliest shit I ever heard. I’m glad I was self employed and never knew this stuff was going on for so long. Chrissake, the decline is really on.

    Good Job, Sailerman, you really found one got stuck in my craw, gored my ox, chapped my ass. I think I’ll go smoke some weed now.

  91. @anon

    The NYT is only doing the work of the Good, as always. I actually read part of one of their propaganda pieces today, which isn’t usual for me. Few surprises.

    Hope and High Drama: A Year With Two New Democratic Congresswomen

    Over and over and over: Who’s making it hard for these courageous, pioneering women? Republicans, white men, racists, sexists, white male racists, white male sexists. White male Republican racists. And so on.

    And did we mention how hard the marble floors in the Capitol Building are for women? Your legs will really hurt after walking on these hard marble floors. So sexist! (Seriously–read it.)

    Who comes to the rescue of new congresswomen? “Lois Frankel, a 71-year-old, 5-foot-3 four-term congresswoman from Florida” who barks out orders and let me tell ya, women obey her! (Why is her height relevant?)

    Okay, I could only read a few pages of this endless, typically tendentious NYT crap before closing the window. It’s nothing new, but if I’ve missed something please anyone feel free to clue me in. It’s roughly a million words. Who has time to read these endless screeds? I mean, besides wealthy housewives on Long Island?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/magazine/ayanna-pressley-abigail-spanberger-democratic-women-congress.html

  92. @anon

    “You may not be interested in DIE, but DIE is interested in you.”

  93. Hail says: • Website
    @Simply Simon

    why do Chinese women still slip into the USA to have their babies?

    Insurance!

    Reminds me of this bit from Ronald Reagan’s political-career-launching 1964 speech:

    Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.”

    And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.”

    And in that sentence he told us the entire story.

    (From “A Time for Choosing” [see about 2:50 to 3:25], a 30-min televised campaign speech ad for Goldwater, aired Oct. 27, 1964 — said to have brought Reagan to national attention for the first tie outside of movies, and caught California GOP’s attention, who soon talked him into running for governor.)

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  94. @R.G. Camara

    The Ecuadorian I had to sell my house to made fun of me because I couldn’t speak Spanish. I felt like asking him what country he thought he was in and why his English was so halting. But I really wanted to get rid of the house. So it goes.

  95. @Hail

    And the Cubans still in Cuba were the luckiest of all–to be rid of the slimy crook.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  96. @Simply Simon

    I never said China was “so great”, Simon. In my many Peak Stupidity posts on China, I have good and bad to say about the place (been there almost a dozen times). What I will say, such as in “A Peak Stupidity apology to our Chinese readers”, is that China is a CAN-DO country. America is not anymore.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  97. anon[120] • Disclaimer says:
    @Simply Simon

    why do Chinese women still slip into the USA to have their babies?

    Yeah, and why do their families buy a house or condo at about the same time, huh?
    Total mystery! Who can fathom it?

    At the same time I have seen no data indicating China is having a problem with American women doing the same.

    Perhaps the People’s Republic is not so foolish as to confer citizenship on any and every child birthed within their bordera?

  98. @Hibernian

    Fair enough, but his mother was English and he went to boarding schools, including a semester in England.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  99. @Patrick in SC

    According to McKinsey & Company, the consultancy, businesses in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to be more successful financially;

    https://www.economist.com/schumpeter/2012/10/25/mckinsey-goldman-jail

  100. ziggurat says:

    Don’t worship the Left’s only DEI-TY, because when you do, you get TY (tyranny, yuckiness).

    OK, I realize “yuckiness” is not a great-sounding word, but it means “repugnant, disgusting”, which are adjectives applicable to our most “diverse, inclusive, equitable” areas, with their rats, feces, and huddled masses.

    Worship the Left’s DEI-TY and you D.I.E slowly, with no redemption or salvation, only escalating condemnation and perdition.

  101. “[T]he story is powerful for two reasons,” said Laura Bowser….

    Mr. Bowser is powerful for two reasons, too: his fiery breath and his fearsome claws….

  102. Cortes says:

    “It’s Medicine, Jim. But not as we know it.”

    An unusual sports injury:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/nov/21/sierra-leone-striker-injury-juju

  103. I remember my father, back in 1961 or 1962, telling me about some kind of sensitivity training he had to go through at a major corporation. I guess it wasn’t very effective if they need all these follow up sessions.

    • LOL: Hibernian
  104. anonymous[169] • Disclaimer says:

    Woke struggle session white guys should have had dollar $igns on their shirts instead of targets.

  105. @Lagertha

    Ecclesiastes 1 New International Version (NIV)
    Everything Is Meaningless

    1 The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem:

    2
    “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
    “Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

  106. Hibernian says:
    @obwandiyag

    So lucky they have to bring their own bandages when they go to the hospital.

  107. Pericles says:
    @Ed

    I mean they have at one point another been kicked out of every European country but this also rings true.

    Don’t forget they were recently kicked out of just about every Middle Eastern country too.

  108. Hibernian says:
    @ScarletNumber

    I was about to comment on his accent but it isn’t that distinctive and another poster inform us he grew up on Long Island.

  109. Pericles says:

    Note that an interrogation is a conversation too.

    So it sounds like they want to make DIE the Law School of the Useless (or those Worse Than Useless). I would recommend that this time normie whitey doesn’t run away from the problem but instead enter and dominate the field before he gets dominated.

  110. Yngvar says:

    The glossary of appropriate terminology and inclusive acronyms and abbreviations is constantly evolving.

    They want a new way of speaking. A “newspeak” for short.

  111. @Jack D

    At an unnamed company, co-workers were taking their seats before a sensitivity training workshop began, when some white male employees entered as a group with targets pinned to their shirts — a sartorial statement about their anticipated persecution.
    “One, it shows that there is still an utter lack of empathy and understanding about privilege and power dynamics.

    One it shows that the men had accurately sized up the situation and knew what was coming – can’t have that.

    That and everything else. That snippet is a classic shining a light on male-female difference:

    The guys are
    — funny
    — creative
    — truth telling
    — objecting to b.s. waste, stupidity
    — risk taking
    and likely
    — actually productive.

    These guys are quite likely engineers or production guys or otherwise involved in the core operation that actually make the company hum, profitable, have free income.

    In contrast the women involved are scolding, tedious, boring, bureaaucratic crank turners and not the least bit productive but consumptive–wasting the money, resources the guys’ productive efforts produced. I.e. parasites.

    The NYT’s scribblette is so buried in her femme world of useless makework that she thinks this nonsense is “work”, and these gals are developing an “industry” when she’s actually chronicalling the breakdown of the US from–highly feminized–rent-seeking parasitism.

  112. @Reg Cæsar

    Dude’s a pretty good teacher.

    • Replies: @Global Citizen
  113. Global Citizen [AKA "Moonbeam"] says:
    @Desiderius

    Yes! I especially like that he ties each step to a valid math operation, like distributive property, instead of just doing the calculations on the fly.

  114. Svevlad says:

    “D. E. I!”
    *smack*

    “D. E. I!”
    *smack*

    “D. E. I!”
    *smack*

    that’s the sound of them praying – it looks like the muslim prayer except you ram your head into the floor at full force, to heal the white-black intelligence gap.

    I say someone should actually make some prominent intelligentsia member do it. Livestream it too.

  115. @Achmed E. Newman

    Maybe the way to make America a “CAN-DO” country again is to put an expiration date on all the “progressive” laws. It can be done. The “Assault Weapon Ban” sunsetted after a decade of illegal anti-Second Amendment enforcement.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  116. @Joe Stalin

    Joe, I don’t know if we have 10 years or even 5 to live with all this stupidity before the SHTF anyway. Also, one bad effect of the crippling and transferring-overseas of American manufacturing is that the “human capital” is being dissipated. The DIY know-how, the initiative, all that, is going away. Can we get it back? There are still dozens of millions of good Americans left.

  117. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    … all of the people got out of bed, brushed their teeth, ate their breakfast, got dressed, then walked down to the corner, and voted for Hitler.

    all?

    I thought Hitler only got 28% of the vote.

    But that was the most any single party got, so they formed a coalition for their gov’t.

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