Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stereotypes and diversity

Modern dogma holds that diversity is one of the greatest qualities a society can enjoy, that it bestows many advantages. But what does this imply? Well, by definition "diversity" refers to differences among groups. Now, not only is it illogical to assume that every one of these differences will be flattering, the supposition that diversity is beneficial implies otherwise. After all, if diversity is beneficial, it is only because certain groups bring qualities or strengths to the table that others do not. And, if a given group possesses a certain unique strength, then other groups are wanting in that area relative to it.

Any which way you care to slice it, this is a corollary of diversity dogma.

So, ironically, despite the fact that the diversity dogmatists would eschew stereotyping, a version of it imbues their ideology. So it's not that they don't have biases relating to generalizations, only that their understanding of group differences is clumsy and primitive, sort of like Archie Bunker but with advanced degrees, the illusion of intellectualism and the inability to be honest with themselves and others.

So let's be honest now. Stereotypes often arise because they have a basis in reality.

3 comments:

Kristee said...

Hi Mike, are you on facebook yet?

Mike Stajduhar said...

No I haven't really looked into that. Should I? I know it's very popular.

Kristee said...

Yes, it would be fun to have you join in. I need more friends! ;)