Diversity Works

Multiple studies have shown that diversity works. It enhances critical thinking, working environments, creativity, collaboration, and acceptance. The only way to change our horribly undiverse past is through integration.

I thought that when diversity became a big buzzword around 2007, it was a step in the right direction. Schools and businesses began to hire diversity directors. Their role was to help hire a diverse staff and educate the employees and students about the importance of diversity. The desire to create change was there.

As women began to bust out as entrepreneurs and enter the new frontier of technology, we learned a lot. That women-led companies and diverse companies had higher success rates and were more profitable. Different thought processes around a table that comes from entirely different worlds create broadly. That happens to be a good thing for everyone.

I keep thinking about the Supreme Court ruling to strike down the need for affirmative action in the college admissions process. The long tail stifles the hiring process for companies, hurting minorities and women. Of course, some colleges will continue working on a diverse student body, but this further divides our country.

I keep asking why? I understand the long game played here, but what is to gain? As this country becomes more diverse, aka less white people, won’t all this be moot? I have a million questions because I want to understand the thought process behind this idiocy.

Maybe at the end of the day, it is only about one thing, fear—the fear of the unknown and the anger of not being in power, and that is hard to quantify. It just makes me very sad.