Diversity Doublespeak

I’m having trouble deciding which news story from this week is more absurd. Maybe you can help me decide:


1) Stonehill College in Massachusetts launched a campus group for white students to discuss what they can do about the perceived injustice caused by their skin color. Essentially, this is a twelve-step program for overcoming “white privilege.” Only white students will be allowed to participate.


2) A writer for the University of Georgia’s The Red & Black wrote a piece in which she struggled to reconcile how the vast majority of Millennials in a recent MTV poll about race could believe in a colorblind society and also oppose affirmative action. She described it as “seemingly paradoxical” that young people who believe everyone should be treated the same regardless of race could oppose policies that treat people differently based on race.


Supporters of race-based policies have a strange way of altering the meaning of basic words. “Diversity” means uniformity. “Equal treatment” is decidedly unequal.


The fight for a truly colorblind society is about more than ending harmful race-based policies. It is about exposing the code words and doublespeak that cloud our conversations about race and equality.


- Jennifer Gratz