FAIR News: Happy Thanksgiving!
The tide is turning: Americans want diversity without division.
Dear Friends of FAIR,
These days, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. From the crisis in Israel and the war in Ukraine to social turmoil in our own country, current events can often leave us dispirited and hopeless.
But today, I want to give you hope. Not just a dollop, but a healthy serving.
FAIR was born of a desire to empower Americans who recognize the urgent need to focus on what we have in common instead of what separates us; people who value diversity and inclusion, but not at the expense of unity and harmony. They come from all walks of life, and their beliefs aren’t bound by race, color, gender, or political persuasion.
This is the Silent and Exhausted Majority, and FAIR has worked tirelessly to give them a voice by:
Training K-12 teachers in creating classroom environments that promote civil discourse, open inquiry, and viewpoint diversity
Defending doctors who are threatened for raising concerns about patient safety, weakening medical education standards, and medical practices tainted by identity politics
For a long time, it’s felt like an uphill battle. But now it’s clear that more Americans are finally seeing what we in FAIR have been highlighting for the past two and a half years.
The tide is turning.
It began last month with a donor revolt at prestigious universities. When students at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania cheered the brutal murder of 1,200 Israelis following the Oct 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas, wealthy philanthropists decided to close their checkbooks. The disturbing events on campus were a wake-up call that America’s institutions of higher learning have been captured by an illiberal ideology that values social activism over the pursuit of truth. Instead of serving as bastions of neutrality, schools have become breeding grounds for extremism that subverts our common humanity and shared values.
This week, a California judge suspended rules on college campuses requiring faculty members to acknowledge the “intersectionality of social identities” and the “oppression that people from different racial, ethnic, and other minoritized groups face.” The court embraced a position that FAIR has long advocated: DEI initiatives are unconstitutional because they compel educators to adopt ideologies they don’t support, or risk losing their jobs.
That same day, the Wall Street Journal reported that investors pulled more than $14 billion from funds tied to environmental, social and corporate-governance (ESG) metrics because of “disappointing returns.” It turns out that politically motivated investments aren’t as “sustainable” as wealth managers were led to believe.
The next day, the Iowa Board of Regents rolled back DEI initiatives on college campuses and mandated that schools instead advance “diversity of intellectual and philosophical perspectives.”
Let’s be clear: this doesn’t mean the fight is over. The social contagion gripping our country has been spreading for decades, and we can’t expect to eradicate it overnight. We still have a lot more work to do.
But it does mean that more people are finding the courage to stand up—and increasingly, they’re reaching out to FAIR for help.
With your support, FAIR will ramp up its legal efforts to protect these brave Americans. Because it’s not always possible to change hearts and minds. As we learned during the Civil Rights movement, the legal “stick” is sometimes needed to effect the positive change people resist.
Members of the financial community have turned to FAIR for help resisting ESG initiatives that undermine the free market and create divisive workplace environments. With your support, we will soon launch FAIR in Finance to assist companies in implementing legal, non-discriminatory diversity and inclusion practices.
And, of course, FAIR will continue to educate, support, and empower the Silent and Exhausted Majority in all the other ways they’ve come to rely on us.
In an uncertain world, rest assured that we at FAIR will relentlessly pursue our mission to restore the values of fairness, understanding, and humanity that most Americans crave. The future is counting on us, and we are committed to protecting it. As we enter the giving season, please consider making a contribution to support our efforts.
All my best to you and your family for a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving!
Monica Harris, Executive Director
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