‘War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.’ So ran the newspeak of George Orwell’s dystopia, 1984. To these we could add, ‘Division is Diversity’.
Diversity sounds like a good thing, right? Anyone who ever saw a Soviet era shop with a window display of a pyramid of the same unappetising cans of food can attest that variety can be the spice of life.
Unhappily, the principle of diversity as applied to society rather than shop windows has been bent so out of shape like a canteen of cutlery after Yuri Geller finished with it that it has come to be window-dressing for a new form of discrimination. It’s not OK to be white. This was confirmed by the failure of Pauline Hanson’s motion in the Senate with senators voting that it is not OK to be white.
For the so-called progressives of the Left the only whiteness that is acceptable is that found in an inner urban cafe latte. For the progressives who have not progressed to being able to distinguish between supremacy and okayness, being white is so alt-right not alright, except for themselves in a sort of cultural appropriation of non-whiteness. Wearing a t-shirt like Lauren Southern’s is the same, they say, as being in the Ku Klux Klan. For progressives who think they need passports to go beyond Balmain or Fitzroy, the days of the Raj are still with us. All of which goes to prove that white genocide cannot exist. ‘Kill the Boer’ is just a friendly greeting that has nothing to do with a couple of white South African farmers being murdered every week.
Diversity is how we rationalise a new form of racism that white-washes envy and mediocrity in the interests of an anti-meritocratic, unegalitarian society. Whereas once we built democratic governments on the back of equality of opportunity, now we seek equality of outcome; by short-changing strivers and achievers.
This is lampooned in The Simpsons episode ‘The last tap-dance in Springfield.’ Lisa has been working hard at her tap-dancing to little effect in the execution of her shuffle-hops. The teacher tells her she can’t dance with the other children in the show and must instead pull the curtain. To Lisa’s protests, the teacher replies, ‘I am sorry. Giving everyone an equal part to people who are clearly not equal is called communism, and I didn’t tap all those morse code messages to the allies till my shoes filled with blood just to roll out the carpet to the reds.’
Inclusiveness has morphed into exclusiveness. The ‘diversity pick’ which used to be known as positive discrimination makes it okay to privilege non-whites over whites. In the UK, police turned a blind eye to predominantly Pakistani gangs raping and trafficking thousands of white under-age working class girls over a couple of decades across the country because they did not want to be accused of racism. Indeed, in the UK the obsession with race has gone so far that the UK broadcasting regulator recently found that non-whites are now represented on British television screens way beyond their numbers in the population. History has been re-written so that white is not right and the calendar must be clotted with apologies by whites of one sort or another so as to deflect all the achievements that have made us a beacon of peace and prosperity for peoples from countries that are intolerant and brutal.
Not being white is a good career move. This may explain why there are now 40,000 more Australians claiming to be indigenous than in the previous census. Conversely, being white is not. The young white male university students who questioned why they were not allowed to use an unmarked computer room QUT had allocated to indigenous students, found themselves pursued by the draconian Human Rights Commission.
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has traded on being of Cherokee descent despite, as one wit put it, being less Cherokee than a Cherokee jeep. Warren has been celebrated as the first Cherokee professor at Harvard. Yet, on the basis of a DNA test she was chivvied into taking by President Donald Trump, she has less Cherokee blood in her veins than the average American. She has one Cherokee ancestor out of 1,024 across some eight generations.
Diversity is the enemy of merit. Where interviewers have been asked to choose job candidates blind without knowledge of names or backgrounds, minorities do not do so well. High levels of migration have had a disastrous effect on the young as entry-level jobs have been taken by skilled migrants who could not find skilled work, according to the Institute of Population Research. This has only been compounded by the ‘diversity pick.’ A study by Treasury found that migrants accounted for two-thirds of jobs created over the past five years.
Some minorities buck the trend by dint of industry and achievement. In the US, Asian students have mounted a legal challenge against the very same university that boasted having ‘Fauxcahontas’ amongst its professoriate because of its use of ‘racial balancing’ in the student selection process. Harvard uses ‘a personal rating’, including highly subjective attributes like being ‘a good person’ or ‘likeability.’ Harvard admits that it rates Asian-Americans lower on these personal ratings in order to manipulate the racial profile of incoming classes.
The Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank, says Harvard’s own analysis of admissions data ‘demonstrates that being African-American, Native American or Hispanic was a plus for gaining admission while being Asian-American was a minus.’
Stephen Pinker wrote in Enlightenment Now that people are more concerned with unfairness than inequality with which it is confounded. ‘People are content with inequality so long as they feel the country is meritocratic and they get angry when they feel it isn’t.’
The effect of such a policy is evident in the ‘rainbow nation’ of South Africa where the only colour that is privileged over all the rest is the one not in any rainbow. A policy of positive discrimination ensures that blacks are hired in preference to whites, regardless of ability or experience. Take for example, the deterioration of South Africa’s railways. What used to be an efficient system is now so haphazard that it is an achievement for a long distance train to even arrive at its destination without breaking down. Assessors are told they must pass women applying to be train drivers in the government railway, PRASA, despite not meeting safety assessments. Local trains are now frequently colliding around Johannesburg due to the ineptitude of the management. When ability is not given preference over race, everyone is at risk.
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