One of the modern neoreligions today is the fetish concerning diversity.
Cripes, we even have managers and entire sections devoted to promoting its largely imaginary benefits.
Now, I'm all for it. I like seeing different people of all different types. But as soon as it becomes a piety to be enforced, that's when you get problems.
Do I care if the membership of the police force or the army, or indeed the public service for that matter, "represents" the ethnic/gender/sexuality blah, blah, blah composition of the country?
In a word, no.
Given the seemingly more dangerous streets in parts of our cities these days, I'd prefer a police force with fewer women and gays and rather more Pacific Islanders and Africans built like brick shithouses thank you very much.
I don't want a "diverse" police force. I want one that can do its job, especially when it comes to dealing with violent and aggressive hooligans.
Does anyone seriously believe that a "diverse and inclusive" police force is somehow thereby magically better at doing its job?
Well, if you do, you are an idiot.
Anyway, here's a recent example of this madness, coming from the Powerline blog:
How deep does the culture of political correctness run in the military and the service academies? We're getting some idea in the case of Major Nidal Malik Hasan. The Hasan story has rightly overwhelmed the news. Evidence of the red flags preceding his murder spree continues to accumulate and enrage. One inevitably sees in the disregarded red flags a case of political correctness run amok.
The story of the Naval Academy's insufficiently colorful color guard has not quite broken out yet, and perhaps it won't, but it provides additional context to the case of Nidal Hasan. It appears that Naval Academy senior commanders decided during the World Series to remove two Midshipmen from the color guard that appeared. What was their offense? The color guard was deemed too white and too male. There was accordingly a push to make the color guard more "diverse."
Two members of the color guard were removed and replaced by a Pakistani and a woman to achieve the requisite "diversity." The Pakistani unfortunately forgot his cap and shoes. He himself had to be replaced at the last minute by one of the two middies removed earlier. The midshipmen have reportedly been ordered not to speak of these events (i.e., punishment will be dispensed for violating a direct order) In any event, the middies aren't talking.
The tale of the insufficiently colorful color guard initially turned up last week on the Commander Salamander blog here and here. The story was picked up by the Navy Times, which ran this story on Sunday, and by the Washington Post, which follows up this morning with the official line of the Navy brass partly disputing earlier accounts. Commander Salamander returns to the case with a close analysis of this morning's Post article here.
UPDATE: Diana West also addresses the story in "Diversity über alles."