In the late days of my military career, we had to attend a “Diversity Workshop.” A day and a half talking about “diversity” (To avoid aggravating you, I’m letting you know that for the rest of this post I’m putting “diversity” in quotation marks because we’ve taken a word and made it a social agenda). The “Diversity” workshop’s large message was “we’re all different, let’s respect and celebrate our differences,” or something like that. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? Honestly, I learned to respect other people and their differences when I was a child, by the people who raised me. See, they taught me stuff like that. Not the government.
Since I’ve retired, “Diversity” has been a topic everywhere I’ve worked. Let me just get right to the point. I think the “Diversity” agenda is divisive to our society. In my 24 years in the Air Force, let me tell you what I cared about. If I’m in a bunker with you, and we are risking our lives to protect a country and millions of people we don’t know (and probably don’t like), here’s what I cared about: What do we have in common that brings us here? What is the common factor in our beliefs that put us both in this place? (Just to be clear, I was in the Air Force, I did actually spend time in a bunker, and yes, it had cable. We were electronic technicians; we didn’t let our training go to waste.)
As I said, I learned early to respect differences. When I went to school, they used the phrase “melting pot,” which I suppose is taboo now. I think it’s a great metaphor. We’re all different, but we’re all in the same pot together. Makes sense, yea? Yet, apparently, we wouldn’t want to suggest that people should give up any differences, you know, to be a nation or something. Well, here’s the rub, there’s something that you have to have in common that makes you a people, a country, a nation, or a local Rotary club. I think because of the “diversity” agenda, we’re losing the idea that there has to be a common “something” that keeps us together. Recent political developments continually illustrate to me that it seems we don’t give a damn what we have in common.
So, back to the bunker, I didn’t care who you were, what color you were, what deity you worshipped or your sexual preference, but I wanted to know what we had in common. A belief in property rights, freedom of speech, a love of football, a belief that restaurants should be close to interstate exits, I mean, what do we have in common? Because I was raised with the idea the America is made up a wide variety of different people, but we all have something in common. We all understand that America is made up of different people. I don’t need re-educated by the state or people with a bad social agenda.
There has to be something that we have in common if we’re going to remain a country. (I guess by now you can tell that’s my message here). When I was in that “diversity” workshop, I thought we should spend a day and a half finding out what we had in common, not talking about racial “profiles” (Which we used to call ‘stereotypes’ and that was bad, call them ‘profiles’ and they’re ‘cultural descriptions’ and somehow that’s ok).
We don’t have the market cornered on racism in the United States. I think we like to think so, but we don’t. Racism exists everywhere. Perhaps we have a heightened sense of it here because we are all so different. I’ve been in a number of foreign countries, and saw it in every one. But you don’t need me to tell you. Just take a brief historic look at ethnic cleansings and genocides and the point is made. Here’s a look at ethnic cleansing in Wikipedia to get the idea.
So, when something like the Martin-Zimmerman incident occurs, it’s a perfect opportunity for race-baters to slide in and highlight the division. There was no attempt to pull together as a society, find out how this affects us all, try to learn and move forward. We should all know by now the amount of black-on-black violence that occurs, but this incident took center stage. Why? So people could point out our ‘differences’ and celebrate them? I didn’t see that. What about all the others that have been murdered since? I guess they don’t turn a profit for race-baters and news channels? Do they not matter because they don’t represent anything?
There was no attempt to say; we’re all mothers and fathers, or, we all want to protect our property, or, let’s all agree this is a tragic situation and what could we all learn from it, or, it will have to be resolved by the laws and our justice system. I didn’t hear any of that. All I heard was black and white. Diverse indeed. Shame. I think the “diversity” agenda needs to be replaced by a unifying agenda.
America is made up of the most diverse population on the planet, and so far, it’s been a good thing. We need to figure out that we need to have a few things in common to be a nation, a country, and a people, no matter what we look like.