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Steve Wenick

The Case Against Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI is an acronym for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It is a model of society to which the current breed of academia subscribes; it is a paradigm that is inherently antisemitic and discriminatory because it punishes Jews and other minorities whose academic and professional achievements are out of proportion to their numbers.

Jews represent a mere 2.4% of the population, yet their percentage of representation in the arts, media, science, academia, medicine, and law far outstrips their numbers. Therefore any form of forced equity of outcome, where it rewards everyone equally, is inherently unjust, or if the degree of compensation is based on the percentage of population, that too is discriminatory, because Jews would only receive a meager 2.4% slice of the pie.

The portrayal of the mission of DEI, to improve the societal state of people, is inaccurate. It is not about improving peoples’ circumstances; it’s about gaining power. It is not about lifting people up to attain excellence, but rather it’s about lowering standards to achieve equity. It follows the Marxist paradigm of class warfare. It glorifies the have-nots and demonizes the haves. No longer valued are hard work, merit, family, and the dignity of the individual. In their view the nanny state is the ideal, comprised of a plethora of communal villages, replacing the nuclear family.

From a Jewish perspective, DEI could just as well stand for Discrimination, Exclusion, and Intimidation. It discriminates against achievers, excludes those who do not subscribe to the DEI model, and intimidates those who oppose it, by denying them jobs in the workplace, tenure in academia, and opportunities for advancement everywhere. In short DEI strives for equal outcomes, and that is anathema to fairness, opportunity, growth and achievement.

When equity-of-outcome becomes the barometer of fairness, it disadvantages the Jews, because as a group they achieve success at a higher rate than their numbers would expect. Therefore, rather than attributing Jewish accomplishments to entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and diligence, DEI adherents denigrate their achievements by accusing them of the beneficiaries of unearned privilege. But Jews are not the only minority envied and resented for being high achievers. Asians and Indians suffer the same unwarranted criticisms by those who envy their excellence in academics, business, and the professions.

The DEI worldview does not recognize good and evil, for them it smacks of a too religious orientation. In their stead, they recognize two classes of people, the powerless and the powerful. It’s a false dichotomy which glorifies the powerless and demonizes the powerful. Rather than develop ideas, character and culture, DEI promotes identity politics, victimhood and resentment, thus igniting destructive flames of anger and envy. Because DEI professors have indoctrinated an entire generation of university students with venomous lies about Israel, explains how students can celebrate or justify Hamas’ atrocities and terrorism against innocent civilians. But it goes further than that. DEI hates everything that makes America the greatest country in the world: education, excellence, industriousness, and responsibility. America is the country to which millions flock legally and illegally because immigrants want the unfettered opportunity denied to them in their dictatorial or lawless regimes. There is a war going on, not between the haves and have nots, but between those who embrace the values of this country and those who shun them.

DEI glorifies the myth of the ‘noble savage’ that stock character who is uncorrupted by civilization, one who lives in serene harmony with nature. But venerating primitives, who engaged in savagery, slavery and cannibalism, is a far cry from noble. Indoctrinating our youth to abandon our Judaeo-Christian values in favor of some idealized myth of primordial innocence will lead to a dystopian society, one of suffering, injustice and bereft of reason and morality. When universities indoctrinate, underwrite, and subsidize administrators, faculty, and students who support Hamas’ barbaric atrocities, and brazenly call for the genocide of the Jews, in the name of social justice, there is no justice, just organized mayhem. In short, we are engaged in a battle for the soul of America, one we cannot afford to lose if we are to preserve what’s good and correct what’s wrong. America needs to continue in the pursuit of excellence and rescue herself from those who are determined to fundamentally change her for the worse.

About the Author
Since retiring from IBM Steve Wenick has served as a freelance book reviewer for HarperCollins Publishing and Simon & Schuster. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, Jerusalem Online, Philadelphia Inquirer, Attitudes Magazine, and The Jewish Voice of Southern New Jersey. Steve and his wife are residents of Voorhees, New Jersey.
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