The Backlash Against Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Won’t Stop Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Harvard University’s and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s “affirmative action” admissions policies were unconstitutional.

The original idea of such policies was for institutions and corporations to take affirmative action and “cast a wider net” to include qualified racial minorities previously excluded from opportunities. But the pursuit turned into lowering standards for racial minorities.

Under racial preference policies, admissions and hiring committees had to discriminate against one individual based on skin color to benefit another individual based on skin color.

That is called racial discrimination.

As soon as the Supreme Court decision was handed down, legal firms like America First Legal (AFL) began sending letters to law schools about ending their racial preference admissions and faculty hiring policies.

(See Citing Brown v. Board of Education, Supreme Court Strikes Down Racial Discrimination in College Admissions)

Although the decision involved educational institutions, corporations were put on notice. AFL called out companies like Anheuser-Busch, Disney, Kroger, McDonald’s, Starbucks and warned them to stop using race to make decisions about hiring, training, and promoting.

Businesses across the country have been using some form of racial preferences for years but recently began calling the practice by a different name in 2020: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Finally, enough people began to speak out against DEI, and legislatures starved DEI of funding. Some companies have ended DEI programs.

According to a new report (PDF) by consulting firm Paradigm called “The State of Data-Driven DEI: 2023 Trends & 2024 Opportunities,” DEI programs are losing momentum.

Paradigm claimed that economic uncertainty and “anti-diversity political attacks” were among the reasons for the decrease in DEI programs. The company looked at data from 143 organizations.

“While these headwinds have stalled progress, at Paradigm we’re still seeing many companies across sectors remain committed to DEI impact. And it’s critical to note that events happening in the world around us have DEI-related implications that weigh heavily on employees’ minds: the Israel Hamas war, legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, the upcoming U.S Presidential primaries, and more.”

Don’t think for one minute that the Supreme Court’s decision or a political backlash will stop leftists from discriminating against whites and men. Such policies will rear their heads in some other form and under some other name.

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