There are many positives to raising awareness about the benefits of being a nation that celebrates our rich diversity of cultures. However there may be also potential pitfalls to being hyperfocused on the issue. Best-selling author Heather MacDonald has published a new book titled The Diversity Delusion that is a provocative account of what she sees is the erosion of humanities and the rise of intolerance.
While the editors of TheEaglesWillFly.com do not necessarily share the opinions presented in this book, we think the piece is worth sharing since it raises questions worthy of debate for our country. We hope by sharing it, further discussion will help our nation heal in the future.
The Diversity Delusion – The Video
Here is the author Heather MacDonald discussing her book.
The Diversity Delusion – Intro
This introduction was originally posted by The Manhatten Institute.
America is in crisis, from the university to the workplace. Toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic values, fueled intolerance, and widened divisions in our larger culture. Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton? Oppressive. American history? Tyranny. Professors correcting grammar and spelling, or employers hiring by merit? Racist and sexist. Students emerge into the working world believing that human beings are defined by their skin color, gender, and sexual preference, and that oppression based on these characteristics is the American experience. Speech that challenges these campus orthodoxies is silenced with brute force.
The Diversity Delusion (now available in paperback) argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America’s endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia. Diversity commissars denounce meritocratic standards as discriminatory, enforce hiring quotas, and teach students and adults alike to think of themselves as perpetual victims. From #MeToo mania that blurs flirtations with criminal acts, to implicit bias and diversity compliance training that sees racism in every interaction, Heather Mac Donald argues that we are creating a nation of narrowed minds, primed for grievance, and that we are putting our competitive edge at risk.
But there is hope in the works of authors, composers, and artists who have long inspired the best in us. Compiling the author’s decades of research and writing on the subject, The Diversity Delusion calls for a return to the classical liberal pursuits of open-minded inquiry and expression, by which everyone can discover a common humanity.