There’s been much talk of white privilege. The phrase tends to send many white folks, who themselves have endured life’s challenges, into a denying tailspin. There obviously are poor whites. Whites who have been incarcerated. Whites who have had rough childhoods. Etc. This essay discusses the importance of the language and methods we use to advance the cause of social justice. To help cure our country’s dark racist past. But Kass also dials down the offense at phrases like white privilege and instead urges people to have empathy for others’ experiences.
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We equality and equity activists use the word diversity to mean black.
Or Jewish. Or Hispanic. Or Women. Or Gay. Or Muslim.
Everything but white.
It was lost on us for decades that diversity doesn’t mean only those groups. It means ALL OF US. A melting pot of Black, Brown, Gay, Women, Latino, Jewish, and yes, White people.
A diverse workforce likewise includes white folks along with all the other groups.
When we say we want a diverse set of opinions and experiences at the table, that by definition includes everyone. Not just minorities. We made a colossal mistake, according…
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