DEI is a Casualty in the American Culture War.

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If you take a look at the chronology, DEI seems to have made its grand appearance in the latter half of 2020, after the murder of George Floyd and after the subsequent nationwide protests. ( I could be wrong, but many never heard of that acronym until then.)

It seemed like a good idea at the time.


  • Diversity: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements, especially the inclusion of people of different races cultures, etc. in a group or organization
  • Equity: justice according to natural law or right, specifically freedom from bias or favoritism
  • Inclusion: the act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability)

Those all seemed like good things, don’t they?

But as they say, the devil is in the details or better yet, the issue is in the execution.

How was D.E.I. supposed to be accomplished?

I mean at the time, the lack of D.E.I. was a hot-button topic. People were outraged. Any system of thought that lead to so heinous a death, such a despicable public execution, should be rooted out and dismantled. I think we were all in agreement on that. So, with that collective righteousness, corporate America (of all entities), jumped head long into fixing the lack of DEI in their organizations by creating D.E.I. departments within their organizations. They gave people fancy titles such as Chief Diversity Officer, many of whom were Black people; so many of them get an “A” for proactive effort.

But then what?

What was the next step?

That was when the conversations on privilege and the existence of white supremacy began. For many white people this was brand new to them.

And I get it.

They are being themselves, living their lives, somewhat oblivious to the plight of others.

As I said I get it.

If we shed a tear for every life that fades away daily, we’d all be permanently crying in a corner. Yet, contrary to that, the first step in any recovery is acknowledging that…

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