Let’s make this clear: “blue-eyed, blonde men” cannot contribute to diversity, and it is offensive to state that they might “bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.” That is the upshot of the reaction — a letter of apology — to what I termed a “stunning” statement last week by Apple’s VP of Diversity and Inclusion at a conference in Bogota, Colombia,
“I’ve often told people a story – there can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”
The reason for my selection of the term “stunning” had nothing to do with the reasonableness of the comment — of course, it is obviously true. I can think of all sorts of white males who differ a lot. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, to name two front-of-mind examples that everyone knows.
The sole problem was that it contradicts the fantasy that animate racial bean-counting, the idea that skin color, sexual orientation, or gender identification are the most important factors in determining one’s ability to contribute to a corporate mission. And that every such demographic slice should be represented in every sort of job at the same level of its share of the population (except when groups identified as victims are more numerous in highly paid occupations such as professional athletics). MORE
SNIP: Did you catch that? The VP of diversity, a woman of color, is not allowed to think diversely.