THE ‘DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION’ ONSLAUGHT The nation’s universities are the epicenter of DEIfication. For example, the University of Central Florida has 14 separate DEI programs, all permeated with Critical Race Theory. As Christopher Rufo notes, according to the university’s official glossary, the great oppressor who occupies the “mythical norm,” is “male, white, heterosexual, financially stable, young-middle adult, able-bodied, Christian.” Other groups are “minoritized,” or condemned by the “systemic and structural realities in place that push people and communities to the margins.”
DEIIs in full religious bloom – but there are signs of resistance.
DEI has gone national. The belief that quality takes a backseat to racial bean counting wormed its way into the White House in February, when President Biden signed an executive order that promises to create a national “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” bureaucracy. As Christopher Rufo reports, the DEI diktat, “Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” proposes three key strategies:
- Creating internal cadres and power centers through the deployment of “Agency Equity Teams.”
- Funding third-party political activism through grants to “community[-based] organizations.”
- Weaponizing civil rights law by requiring federal agencies to use artificial intelligence “in a manner that advances equity.”