A recent study conducted by a Grand Valley State University professor suggests that political correctness, at least among millennials, is little more than a charade.
In an August 16 study, Professor Karen Pezzetti explains that millennials pursuing careers in education “position themselves as good, non-racist people,” but in many cases may just be going through the motions of using “politically correct” terminology to “talk about students from diverse backgrounds.”
King James Bible fans will recognise the title as a take-off of this:
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2Ti 3:2-5 KJV)
It simply means that these people don’t “walk the talk,” and that evidently includes many Millennials and diversity.
Looking at problems from the perspective of others has never been Americans’ strong suit, but the closing of the American mind (one heralded by Allan Bloom many years ago) has taken place, making matters only worse. What that means is that Millennials may have the moral wish for diversity but lack the intellectual capacity to really have it. So, given the intense social pressures of the day, they simply do an act to make others happy without internalising it. That doesn’t bode well for the day when they actually have to do it for themselves, which is too bad really because, when practiced in the context of a truly task-based work environment, diversity can be very powerful.
Personally I am coming to realise that the diversity business, as it is practiced these days, is a whitewash, analogy intentional. It covers up the fact that it not only attempts to replace real diversity of thought with racial/gender quotas, but also that more heat than light has resulted. That’s the dilemma that was exposed with James Damore’s piece that got him fired. For all of Google’s rhetoric, the racial/gender distribution is still skewed, which has made them the subject of a federal investigation. From a legal standpoint the last thing Google needed was Damore’s piece, which explains much of their vigourous reaction.