Posted BY: Civis Americanus
CNN reports how Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “proposes banning diversity and inclusion initiatives at Florida universities.” The mental image of the heel of DeSantis’s boot slamming into the collective face of the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement is another strong argument for making him the Republican presidential nominee in 2024. His desire to ban the use of taxpayer money to fund educational quackery such as Critical Race Theory (CRT), which consists primarily of the racist talking point “people of color good, white people bad” to a chorus of bleating Orwellian sheep, is yet another, and he has none of Trump’s weaknesses.
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Now, let’s return to the first talking point by exposing diversity, inclusion, and equity (DIE) for what it really is: Divisiveness, Exclusion, and Othering (DEO). Othering, the antonym of inclusion, means “the act of treating someone as though they are not part of a group and are different in some way.” This is a major focus of most DIE training. I say “most” rather than “all” because many organizations have merely applied the popular label of DIE to traditional equal-opportunity activities that deserve unequivocal support.