The Diversity Diversion

Most of us can understand why a big company might need a CEO, CFO, CIO, and COO. But a top-level diversity boss? What’s that about?

Today there are CDOs in the executive suites of most U.S. corporations, including AT&T, Dell, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble, as well as at the helm of such leading universities as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Each of these is a member of some minority — African American, Hispanic, Asian, and/or female. There are no Anglo-American CDOs, even though in states like California Anglos are already a de facto minority.

  • ntt1

    every time I begin a new gig,after the ID shot, I have to sit through a full two hour presentation on sexual harassment.. It now covers being rude to gays ,disabled, visible minorities and wimps. all “taught “by Ernest female SJWs that seem to have carved out a lucrative non-yucky position giving them air conditioned power over tradesmen.with no heavy lifting, noxious substances or sweat.You can be terminated for airing a bad attitude at these ludicrous feel good sessions
    I suspect the remuneration is as high as the liability lawyers are willing to go to “limit exposure” Just the idled workers, 30 at a time comes to almost 3000 dollars right there.plus the lost productivity that is likely double that. It is all kabuki theatre as we sit through two or three of these a year.on different shows.and we all blow it off as “hey I just wasn’t doing it right” type comments as we exit.
    It is a colossal waste of time and resources

    • El Martyachi

      It’s not just kabuki theatre though.

      Dalrymple: Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

      Please forgive my presumptuousness but if it were no big deal you probably wouldn’t be here at BCF.

      • That sums up Political correctness so well.

      • ntt1

        You are right particularly in that instant dismissal awaits anybody who is argumentative or shows any resistance to their half baked ideology.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        In the private sector, it’s different departments with axes to grind against each other pointing out the flaws in how each runs their department at the workplace health and safety meeting.
        In the private sector, it’s different departments with axes to grind against each other pointing out the flaws in how each runs their department at the workplace health and safety meeting.
        In the private sector, it’s different departments with axes to grind against each other pointing out the flaws in how each runs their department at the workplace health and safety meeting.
        In the private sector, it’s different departments with axes to grind against each other pointing out the flaws in how each runs their department at the workplace health and safety meeting.

        • El Martyachi

          … like every organization of sufficient size, ever.

          The formal indoctrination sessions are in the private sector too, especially if a company is publicly traded. Pockets of holdouts remain among clergy, military, small businesses..

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Oh no, the military has endless seminars (they call them briefings) on sexual harassment, that also includes ‘don’t rape’.
            Not once in my life did any organization ever tell me not to rape anyone, and yet I still managed to get through my life without raping.
            Maybe I should give seminars?

          • El Martyachi


            And I have a reminder on my phone that flashes DON’T RAPE every couple hours just to keep me on the rails.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I’m not sure what’s worse in the Marine Corps.
            Rape, or a standing at ease with your hands in your packets.

          • El Martyachi

            And I would totally attend your seminars.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            The briefings would be fun, and drinks would be served.
            My idea for a weekend safety briefing would be to have strippers and all you can drink booze (with the catering bill picked up by the government).
            It would last from Friday at 16:00 hours, and not stop until 1:00 hours Monday morning.
            All the PFCs and Lance Corporals would forget about going out on the town and just stay on base for the entire weekend.
            No drunk driving arrests, no fighting or tearing up civilian property, and no career ending artical 15’s or 86’s in their files.
            A recipe for success I say!

    • canminuteman

      It’s not even that new. I had to attend regular SHARP (sexual harassment and racial prejudice) seminars in the army going on thirty years ago.

  • glasnost

    And each CDO is entitled to three votes on the Board – affirmative action.

  • Liberal Progressive

    It is the push for diversity in our institutions and country that has led us to having the greatest economy in our history!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Sez you.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I thought that was a joke, so I up-voted it.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I thought it was a joke, too.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      It is not multiculturalism which builds nations up. It is not the melting pot either. Either one can lead to success, if a nation has a diversified economy. I do not support free market economics as told by the neoliberal supporters. Whatever China is doing it is good at it. It is “Communist in Name Only” and more capitalist than socialist or communist. They have the manufacturing given from the West and just need to open up their businesses to competition. They will not follow the US model though. They understand that they only need to beat the US on economics alone to achieve world reserve status. The idea of having a service economy to cover everything is laughable and why I never through my entire life bought the idea of free trade. You can trade and still make things. Just look at Russia. Just look at Germany. The problem is too much corporatization. The problem is too much selling out the nation. So, yes, you can have multiculturalism or a melting pot, but it really depends on who leads you. Preferably, I would want economic nationalists or those that support tariffs and protecting industries to economic liberals. The closest thing to a true mixed economy over a free market economy is what I prefer and what has created the closest possible way of getting actual full employment and high wages.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      What I find laughable is people on here believe that multiculturalism is the thing that is bringing the West down when it is in fact neoliberal economics, greed, bankster corruption and the financial crisis was not handled correctly and the can is being kicked down the road. Not to mention, we don’t make anything anymore and we are following the US model on economics. All politicians nowadays want to use politics as a career since they are not suitable for anything else or have any useful talents. That is the sad part, yet no one here even cares to explore these ideas. They can’t either by intention or they cannot think that far!

  • Dana Garcia

    When immigrants arrive in a new country, they go straight to the ethnic community of their tribe so they can live among people who speak their language and share their values.

    But when westerners want to live in the familiar society they grew up in, we are considered racist and anti-diversity.

  • Helios Megistos
    • Barrington Minge

      Here we go again. Respect.
      Respect has to be earned and muslims are doing nothing to
      earn any respect from me

  • Hard Little Machine

    You don’t even want to know what the HR regime in a major three letter acronym technology firm is about. Lawyers, as far as the eye can see and their sole focus is browbeating people and ratting them out then firing them and suing them.

  • Ed

    To be clear… these positions, like HR, are perceived in the executive suite as positive reflections on the genius of the CEO, and not on the basis of any actual value added…

    • El Martyachi

      …value schmalue…