‘Diversity’ Is Our Weakness

The Official Diversity Process Checklist

By William M Briggs Published on July 8, 2018

Diversity is our weakness. Diversity is the process of giving special consideration to those who have favored demographic or biologic characteristics or who have non-procreative sexual desires.

Now you might think it insane to accord special preference to people because they express enthusiasm for and participation in non-procreative sexual practices. You might say that a civilization that takes “pride” in such extreme self-indulgences is effeminate and courting death. And you would be right.

But the promotion of unhealthy sexual desires is not what Diversity is about. Diversity is about power. Diversity is therefore never strictly about the subjects in which Diversity is pushed. The subjects are always incidental. Who controls the subjects is paramount.

Same Old Tune

A paradigmatic example. Sheffield University and the Centre for New Music will host a competition in classical music composition. To decide who wins, “A ‘two ticks’ policy will be in place for female composers, composers who identify as BME, transgender or non-binary, or having a disability, to automatically go through to the second stage of the selection process.”

“BME” stands for “black and minority ethnic”.

Quality in the music will be down-weighted. Up-weighted will be political measures.

One of two things will happen. A normal person not exhibiting the desired “victim” characteristics will win. This implies the quality of this person’s work will not only be better than victim competitors’ work, but that it soared above far above them (and had to, to overcome the non-quality weighting). This person’s undesired victory will lead to a call for actual quotas from the embarrassed judges in the next competition.

Or a designated victim will win. This person’s work will probably be mediocre, since the quality of the victim’s work will receive less than full weight. The quality of the music in the competition will decline.

Who wins takes precedence over what wins. Diversity thus causes, on average, a decline in standards.

Chalk Another One Up

Quotas are never called quotas at the beginning of the Diversity process. For example, Cornell University was discovered never to have had a female president. So one was hired. But nobody admitted the new president was hired because she was a female.

This female president sadly died shortly after her arrival. So a new female was hired in her place.

Each person’s qualifications was not the sole judge of her merit. Their sex was included in the judging. Those deciding among the candidates did not confess these females were picked because they were female. So it’s unclear how much genuine merit counted: was there a better male rejected because he was male?

Anyway, the true belief that quotas are harsh measures and harmful to quality constrains people from acknowledging, at first, their use.

This shyness does not persist. Since Diversity, as in the music competition, always leads to a decline in quality, and thus in greater “inequities” in rewards, eventually actual calls for quotas-by-name are made.

Equality Kills

Examples abound. Take the Chief of Australia’s Army. He declared “We aspire to have 25 per cent representation of women in Army by 2025.” Australia’s Army is reportedly 12.7% female now. Male recruits are being turned away “in a ‘politically correct’ push to increase the number of female cadets.”

Since females are nowhere near males in physical endurance or strength, or in other measures of military prowess, the quality of the Australian Army must decline dramatically. This will cause a reassessment of what “quality” means, so that no harm from the quotas will have to be admitted.

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Every field infected by Diversity suffers declines in quality. Even the sciences. As City Journal reports, “Universities and other institutions are watering down requirements in order to attract more women and minorities” in STEM fields. This watering down will lead to the same increased performance and rewards “gaps” as in the military. And it’s why The Spectator rightly warns “As a space gets more diverse, diversity advocacy does not decrease; it increases.” There is no other way to ensure “equal” representation unless it is enforced by fiat.

It’s Official

The Diversity process always follows a common pattern. Here then are the official Steps of Diversity:

  1. A “gap” or “discrepancy” is noted. The number of members of a cherished group are said to be too low in the upper echelons of an organization or an achievement. (Nobody ever complained that men outnumber women in prison.)
  2. Quotas-in-another-name are implemented to correct the “gap.” “Greater participation”, “special consideration”, “Women and minorities are encouraged to apply”, and various other euphemisms mark this stage.
  3. Quota makers swear that standards will “never be lowered.”
  4. Reality intervenes: standards slip.
  5. Standards are officially changed so as not to embarrass quota makers and recipients.
  6. Quota makers announce the old standards were too harsh and were never really needed. “Inclusivity” and “fairness” are said to be more important.
  7. Lowered standards fail at closing the “gaps”, which persist or widen.
  8. Hard quotas are implemented.
  9. Quality further declines.
  10. Performance and award gaps between quota recipients and normals become obvious.
  11. New ways of measuring “quality” are thus imposed so that rewards are “fairly” apportioned.
  12. A bureaucracy to control quotas hardens around the system, and infighting between the favored groups over the spoils becomes the main focus.

Try it on your favorite example to see how it holds true.

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  • Paul

    Diversity is one of those great words whose true meaning has been utterly corrupted as it is used as a moniker for something very different than what it actually means. Gay is another example.

  • Karen

    Thank you for finally removing the mask; conservatives really do think everyone who isn’t straight, white, wealthy, and male is automatically inferior. All society has always been perfectly and exactly fair and straight, white, wealthy males just happen to have the only qualities that make for excellence in every endeavor and all the rest of us should just deal with our inherent worthlessness.

    • Bezukhov

      Jesus did say “Only White Christians are important! Everybody else to the back of the bus, sit down and shut up!!!” /sarcasm

    • Nathan James

      The institutional racism is all on the left these days.

    • Ken Abbott

      How do you derive this conclusion from the above published article?

      • Paul

        It must be something extra in the koolaid

      • KarenJo12

        From all of it, but the following sentence especially: “A normal person not exhibiting the desired “victim” characteristics will win. This implies the quality of this person’s work will not only be better than victim competitors’ work, but that it soared above far above them (and had to, to overcome the non-quality weighting). This person’s undesired victory will lead to a call for actual quotas from the embarrassed judges in the next competition.” The context of the quote implies that ‘normal person’ has to be male.

        • Ken Abbott

          I agree with you that the use of the descriptor “normal” is prejudicial and the argument would actually be stronger without it. I know what Mr. Briggs is getting at; the word choice here is infelicitous.

        • Andrew Mason

          How do you conclude that normal=male? Nothing in that paragraph implies which gender, if either, is assumed. Only within the context of normal being opposite to victim, and women being deemed a victim class, is your conclusion justified. And since normal means common, average, natural etc, with women being common, average (born roughly 50:50 to males), natural etc, you can argue either way.

          Since society outside the West has advantaged non-Whites is it your contention that Whites should be given preferential treatment in Africa, Asia etc? Consistency please.

    • Karen – What fever dream did you have that resulted in your comment? Nowhere in Mr. Briggs’ post did it mention anything that you just said. Or do you just automatically assume that non-whites, gays, and women are inferior to straight, white men, and require quotas and reduced standards to ‘compete’? And what does relative wealth have to do with anything?

      And let’s just be clear. Straight people are morally superior to gays. They’re also sane. And live longer. And provide the future of humanity.

      And another thing. As a veteran of three wars, I can affirm that women are completely useless in 90% of military roles. They have their place in intelligence, propaganda, administration, and medicine (not as field medics). That’s it. They’re either useless or actively counterproductive in any and every other military role. They’re completely unsuited to combat, and their mere presence is ruinous to the men around them. (Men are not rational in the presence of women in combat. Instincts run too deep to overcome training.)

    • Milan Matusik

      Dear Karen,
      as a victim of socialist indoctrination of your American schooling you have no clue of reality. The fact which might scare you to the point of not being able to sleep, is that…… I will put this into capitals not as suggesting screaming at you, but so it would be readable with less effort; “THE FULL 98 % OF THE ENTIRE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT ON THIS PLANET WAS CREATED BY THE WHITE CHRISTIAN MEN”. Yes not by the black or yellow men, not Buddhists, Sikhs or those lovely murderous followers of Islam, not even by WOMEN (there might be a shocker for you) ……by the WHITE CHRISTIAN MEN. (WCM) Yup, 98% …just so this number sinks in. That would suggest that maybe even if not individually, since there is a good share of idiots among WCM, but for sure collectively we are the most superior civilization ever living on this GOD created planet.
      Yup, the “cruel” reality.

  • Zmirak

    I WOULD favor a quota for heterosexual priests….

    • Andrew Mason

      What are the alternatives for Catholics?

      • Well, the Catholic Church has been encouraging homosexuals to become priests for about the last thousand years. In direct contravention to the teachings of Paul who was Saul.

  • TL;DR version: Diversity, like all creations of the Left, destroys everything it touches while claiming moral victory.

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