Racial discrimination is not only hateful, but also stupid. Why would any competent manager want to exclude qualified, competent people for something as arbitrary as their race or gender or something like that?
That said, diversity just for the sake of diversity is a sort of stupidity all its own. And that’s what Obama is doing with this executive order.
The new Office of Diversity and Inclusion will ensure that the entire U.S. government develops comprehensive strategies to drive and integrate diversity and inclusion practices. It will assist the different agencies in building a workforce that “respects individual and organizational cultures” by examining policy options, data trends and employee survey findings.
The goal is to eliminate demographic group imbalances in targeted occupations and improve workforce diversity. To attain this, special initiatives have been created targeting specific groups, including Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians, women and gays and lesbians. The idea is to create a workforce that truly reflects America’s diversity, according to the Obama Administration.
So we’re going to hire gays and blacks and Native Americans just for the sake of hiring them? To meet some arbitrary diversity goals set out by the Obama administration?
To be clear, I have nothing against hiring these people. But I think everyone, whatever their skin color or gender or sexual orientation, ought to be hired on merit. Not to check off some box on a diversity form.