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Samizdata quote of the day

To take an example, many students in universities and employees at Google take bias training courses that tell them “white privilege” and “systemic racism” explain disparities in outcomes between groups, despite the fact that—to take one example—Asian Americans from China and India (‘people of color’) make more money and are incarcerated at lower rates than whites. According to the conspiratorial worldview of many faculty in grievance studies departments, citing statistics and making arguments that go against the privilege narrative proves that you have an unconscious bias against minorities, and that you’re probably a white supremacist.

Jonathan Anomaly, who is not only a smart chap but has quite possibly the greatest name ever.

12 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • jim jones

    I was hoping to see the Theresa May “Dancing Queen” video on Samizdata

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbCDFNRA-Wo

  • Ah hell no, jim, why inflict that on people? 😳

  • Bombadil

    When I worked at one of the large software firms, we had to attend a “diversity” seminar, during which the women running said seminar presented a case study from another company – company X.

    Only 40% of the coders at company X were women. This was bad. So with the help of HR and various diversity initiatives, they were able to raise this to 60%.

    The diversity women seemed irritated when all the coders at the seminar failed to see that as an improvement – we kept raping them by mansplaining with math, apparently.

  • Ian

    I still haven’t seen the dancing queen video and have no intention ever of degrading myself to that nefandous degree.

    Update: I couldn’t resist. No, she really can’t dance, and certainly cannot “jive”.

  • Ian

    The diversity women seemed irritated when all the coders at the seminar failed to see that as an improvement – we kept raping them by mansplaining with math, apparently.

    Well as far as I’m aware, there’s no legislation and perhaps no enforceable work contract that could require a contracted party not only to undergo “diversity training” but also to agree with the opinions of the company in regards to these political matters. We haven’t seen any of the “civil disobedience” type of internal revolts against diversity training reported in the media, but it would interest me if this sort of thing were happening in companies across the country.

  • Flubber

    “Well as far as I’m aware, there’s no legislation and perhaps no enforceable work contract that could require a contracted party not only to undergo “diversity training” but also to agree with the opinions of the company in regards to these political matters.”

    Er… tell that to James Damore…

  • bobby b

    Ten years ago, my (last) employer was a multinational Fortune-100 company headquartered in the most leftist of lefty locales on the east coast. We were all required to sit through diversity and “awareness” seminars, talks, films, and enclaves almost monthly.

    A friend of mine brought up, in one such meeting, that our little specialty group of company lawyers was made up of 65% females, and that surely meant that men were not being treated or valued fairly.

    The presenter from HR struggled bravely to explain that each position in our group had been filled with the most qualified applicant available at the time, and that it wasn’t possible to attain perfection in ratios.

    As she finished, there was a brief silence, and then the entire room broke out in laughter, as she had just contradicted every principle and belief that she had spent an hour presenting.

    Shortly afterward, my friend was let go, because of “attitude problems.” The HR lady had been embarrassed, and this could not stand.

    Oh, and, he was replaced by a woman, skewing our department even further female. But HR didn’t consider that to be a problem.

  • Paul Marks

    The demented Frankfurt School of Marxism stuff just goes on and on – both in the universities and in “Big Business” (big business determined to exterminate the very culture that sustains it – and to promote the leftist cultural ideas that would lead to the top people at “Google” and co getting their throats slit).

    It is like being in nightmare and being unable to wake up – with Google and co reacting to every “Diversity” mob chanting death-to-capitalism by saying how wonderful they are, giving them money and adopting (and promoting) their policies.

    As for “the right” who cut the taxes of companies such as Google (oh yes – Corporation Tax has been cut in the United States due to the “evil” Republicans) and who want employers to be allowed to hire on MERIT (rather than California style quotas for women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals – and on and on) Google and co HATE American conservatives – and censor them in various subtle (and not so subtle) ways.

    So Big Business (for Google is typical of Big Business – Microsoft is just as bad, and even the free association of Linux has now adopted a “Social Justice” charter) loves the Marxists who want to exterminate Big Business, and hates (viciously hates and despises) American Conservatives who want to cut business taxation and get rid of regulations that tell business enterprise who they must hire (and-so-on).

    In a totally insane world like this – a weird Mrs May coming on stage dancing and cracking jokes (and getting celebrated by the media for her principle-free-zone speech) is entirely normal.

    Most likely I will wake up tomorrow to find that I have mutated into a lobster and that the sky is purple with green spots – nothing makes any sense.

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Whilst it’s good, Paul, for you to admit to taking some medication, you should stick to what the Doctor gave you, and leave the rave pills alone. the sky will soon get back to what society agrees is normal. (In the Greek age, Homer thought the skies were ‘Bronze’).
    Hope that helps!

  • Mr Ecks

    Paul marks–The media are CM controlled scum. The Daily Mail even is now edited by a remainiac prick.

    But reality sooner or later wins out over bullshit.

    Keep your powder dry. Change for the better is on the way.

    And–hopefully–punishment for the wicked.

    PS–The Dancing Cow is doing nothing less than humiliating herself on prime-time TV. A nasty brainless jumped-up Daddy’s/Head Girl. With extra-added treason and arrogant wickedness.

  • James Hargrave

    ‘HR’ – which, as ‘Personnel’ might have contained people interested in people – is the problem, awash with graduates in grievance studies whose personal attributes would have seen them rejected for employment in administering the GULAG.

  • Runcie Balspune

    Homer thought the skies were ‘Bronze’

    Isn’t that more to do with the evolution of color within cultures and language?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMqZR3pqMjg

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