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BRADLEY R. GITZ: What is diversity?

By Bradley R. Gitz

This article was published February 12, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

"Diversity" has become an obsession in certain quarters, with mere mention of it producing a reflexive nodding of heads and outpouring of virtue signaling.

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RBear says... February 12, 2018 at 6:45 a.m.

We get it, Gitz. You hate a diverse population. You use distorted arguments to promote your twisted view of society. You would have been great back in the South prior to the Civil War when preachers were justifying the virtues of slavery. But you're wrong on this on so many levels. You make the claim that those who support diversity actually oppose diversity of ideas, namely those ideas that attack diversity.
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Let's be clear. That opposition is to be expected, especially when the attack is of the very idea itself. You seem to confuse disagreement with intolerance, a common mistake you often make. For some reason, you focus on college campuses as if that's your ONLY scope of reference. Might I suggest you get off the campus of Lyon College a little more. You DO know the Presbyterians who support that college support diversity. So, if anything, they exhibit more tolerance of diverse ideas than you give people credit for.
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But let's get to the issue of diversity. During the weekend, an exec at Fox News penned a column that attacked the diversity of Team USA and the moves by the USOC to broaden the diversity of the team. John Moody titled the column "Darker, Gayer, Different," playing off the Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (translated "Faster, Higher, Stronger"). Moody made the insane case that the USOC was sacrificing medals by attempting to diversify Team USA.
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That's a stupid position to take, especially by someone who apparently doesn't follow the journeys of some of these diverse athletes. Moody doesn't seem to understand that when he attacks such athletes as Gus Kenworthy, an openly gay silver medalist from Sochi who made this year's Olympic team with a top performance at Mammoth Mountain in January. Moody apparently doesn't follow the sport of speed skating who saw Maame Biney, a Ghana immigrant and rising star on Team USA's short track team who finished second in her heat and will compete in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
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No, Moody decided to attack Team USA with no real sports knowledge at all and only decided to look at race and sexual orientation of the athletes who represent our nation on the biggest sports stage. What Moody overlooks is the great work of the USOC to bring some of these sports to communities where they never have been before to allow the introduction to a new group of athletes.
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Take the example of the bobsled team who held sledding trials in South Texas to find new competitors from an area that rarely sees snow or ice. Through a similar trial in the past, the team has Justin Olsen from San Antonio competing on the team. Olsen, a soldier, proudly represents Team USA and our country on the sledding track.
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Unfortunately, Moody's column sparked just as outrageous comments in Breitbart and I'm sure the same would happen here IF the trolls even read the Letters. Most have the same ignorance of the Olympics and just want to attack diversity.

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iker2 says... February 12, 2018 at 8:36 a.m.

Who is this guy trying to impress? Not someone from this century.

This paper would do itself a favor to rid itself using him to represent GOP thinking and label him white nationalist. He’s a dog whistler.

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BOLTAR says... February 12, 2018 at 10:32 a.m.

What is blowing smoke?

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Packman says... February 12, 2018 at 10:37 a.m.

Once again Dr. Gitz is spot on with his analysis. This is the money sentence: "There is, after all, something profoundly disturbing, even racist, in attributing attitudes and values to people purely on the basis of their race or ethnicity."
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True diversity comes not in the color of one's skin but from diversity of individual thought and life experiences.

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mrcharles says... February 12, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.

Ladies and Gentlemen: Lets consider the worthyness of BRG, we have a ADG that caters to the ILKS of this state that elect people like Hester the , rapter man, the previous hand off my children to molesters while I count my money from that there government hand out [ that makes him a purist in gop terms, Herr Hypocrite] Like Fox nuse when its employees are not grabbing you know what like their G-d trump brags about, who cater to the scandal a minute of a democrat but like Sean the slug does, switch you to car wrecks when caught in what is called fake news.

The red state voters , being fearful of muslim hordes invading our christian communites, worrying about the total mistreatment of the white man, and who cant sleep at night due to seeing spanish on menus and hearing the Spanish language, must retreat back into the cave of ignorance like ancient cavemen who were scared of the dark. The editorials on the left side of the paper in section b, being very right will very subtly zing in a few ancient book phrases to delight the celestial decoders.

What he is saying is Jesus is white and Santa Claus is white.As to sowell, ask how many Republicans are in the creation science-not department and on the dept of Education in Texas in choosing text books with Moses as the creator of the constitution?

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PopulistMom says... February 12, 2018 at 11:31 a.m.

iker,

I agree. I am so tired of him trotting out his white supremacist ideas week after week. With respect to diversity, maybe if the Trump administration had more women they would have thought it problematic to have a wife beater in a high position. One of the few women in the administration was the girlfriend of the wife beater. You cannot make this stuff up. Diversity becomes necessary when one lives in a diverse society. Businesses want a diverse staff to relate to different kinds of people. In oh so white Batesville, Arkansas, diversity may not be that important.

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RBear says... February 12, 2018 at 11:37 a.m.

Pack spot on about what? You and he just really reiterated the value of diversity that race, gender, and sexual orientation offer through diversity of thought from other experiences. You just echoed what many in the diversity movement have been saying all along. The difference is YOU put your filters on and refused to hear their ideas because the ideas came from class based groups. Those are the ones who brought the idea to the table to start with.
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So if you're just figuring this out, maybe you should have been listening to the African-American, Asian-American, women's, and LGBT movement at the start. We're so glad you finally joined us in our thinking.

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Slak says... February 12, 2018 at 12:27 p.m.

Gitz shoots the bear. The bear screams, growls and postures defensively.
Nice shooting, Gitz. Bear looks good in front of your fireplace.
Proglib diversity is a coalition of oddity nuanced into normality. It is by no means a diversity of thought.

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RBear says... February 12, 2018 at 12:31 p.m.

Slak dumbest exchange in here so far. Of course you’re wrong about progressive diversity. It’s always been about diversity of thought. Why do you think we promoted it in organizations or companies? It helps build better solutions. Look, I know that thought is REALLY new to right wingers, but if Gitz and others on the right are just now embracing it that’s GREAT! Welcome to the party.

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Slak says... February 12, 2018 at 12:31 p.m.

Great grandmother called what proglibs describe as nuance as "Scratchin' aroun' for uh excuse."

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