Analyzing the words diversity and racism | Letter

The words diversity and racism, because of the prevalence of their usage, may now require at least a little analysis. They are nearly dominating discourse.

The words diversity and racism, because of the prevalence of their usage, may now require at least a little analysis. They are nearly dominating discourse.

They strongly deserve understanding, especially whether they convey more meaning connotatively or denotatively.

When applied to ideas the connotation of diversity has clear utilitarian meaning. It means many ideas/concepts/epiphanies having to compete for validity in a competition of ideas in an open and accessible market of them.

When speaking of diversity of people, one is no longer speaking of the pursuit of truth, and this diversity can apply in many ways. From different ethnicities, religions, to mental capabilities or even physical disabilities. Implying that having one merit scholar and five retarded persons, three blondes and one brunette, a Ukrainian, Ugandan and Laotian learning English, plus two short and three tall people, and five very poor plus two rich, one could clearly declare an abundance of existing diversity. But the idea that this in a classroom will automatically create the best possible learning/growing/amicable situation is fanciful thinking at its best.

It would require time and effort stressing respect and tolerance.

Because it is assumed today that some utilitarian value will automatically emerge by deliberately creating this, it should require at least some thought. Especially if it is sold as being better than having people who share similar values, hopes, aspirations and capabilities.

Adding to that need is the fact that in this region where the most diversity is, is where you have the most crime and societal problems.

The word racism now dominates thinking more now than when its worst connotations were supposedly ended with the election of Obama.

So maybe some thought should be given to just why [so] much money is being put into making sure these words are repeated in a vague or conditioned-reflex manner in as many contexts as possible. It may have something to do with maximizing numbers of people in order to facilitate the political/economic need to pursue an assumed unlimited growth.

Richard Pelto, Kenmore


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