Sunday, January 23, 2005

Diversity defined

Finally, I find a working definition of "diversity," the newest craze to sweep academia. I had previously thought that there wasn't a definition for this word, that diversity was just a euphemism for "affirmative action" or "multiculturalism" which supporters kept purposefully vague to make it harder to argue with (who could be against something as great-sounding as diversity?)

But, one person was willing to go out on a limb and put a definition down. From the hit movie, Anchorman, Ron Burgundy is asked what "diversity" is, and replies:

Ron: I could be wrong but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship used in the Civil war.


This is funny on so many levels. First, is that it is obviously ridiculous, and continues the motif of Ron as someone so intolerant of those different from him that he can't even define diversity.

Then, there is the joke that, hey, who can define something like diversity as it is currently being applied? The word has been stretched beyond definition by diversophiles that apply it to nearly everything.

Lastly, it does seem that "Diversity" would make a good name for a ship. It has a platitudinous, pleasant sounding nature that enompasses so much it ends up meaning very little, like "Freedom" or "Justice." And, of course, it has a certain unassaible, inarguable nature: "Your against, "Freedom," "Justice," and "Diversity?" You monster!

Yeah, it is a good ship name. I would be down with naming a ship the U.S.S. Diversity. But applying "diversity" as the overriding, all-important principle of modern education? Um, no thanks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And when you said I'm down with that
Well it meant you had the flu"
T. McGraw

9:40 PM  

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