69 Comments

I like the phrase “spit out” those who are “resistant”. They are fascists and think they are social justice warriors. Sad.

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

Race grifters. Can’t wait till this crap winds up on the ash heap of history.

Expand full comment

"Perhaps DiAngelo’s most troubling suggestion was that 'people of color need to get away from white people.' One concrete manifestation of this reasoning that was mentioned favorably by all three of the panelists is 'racial affinity groups.'" Isn't this more or less what Scott Adams got torn apart (and canceled) for saying?

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

Very important article but what they are promoting (i.e., using the “tipping point” theory) is beyond frightening and needs to be shouted from the rooftops. Sunlight by groups like FAIR is THE reason their efforts haven’t been more successful. Please don’t stop broadcasting this information with this article alone. Keep up the important work

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

Thanks for this. In my experience, the "tipping point" part actually understates the problem. It doesn't have to be done consciously; once a group reaches a tipping point with a sizeable minority of intolerant people, usually left-liberal people who have never heard any other view treated as respectable and don't think it should be, they let it be known by instinct, using all kinds of visceral methods of signaling, that their views are to rule the roost and everyone else must either sing along or else get driven out.

I've noticed this in several groups that I've been a part of. It produces a lot of resentful people who feel they have no choice but to stay in the closet, hide their souls inside themselves, and shout out loud in conformity with everything that's actually dumping on them.

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

This is, of course, a disturbing article — when you read these pull quotes from D’Angelo. The important thing to do, though, is to take a deep breath and remember that fear and anger aren’t the goal. Acceptance and peace are.

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

Application of DEI initiatives exposes fault lines that many adherent academics refused to address in the first place, flaws that I faced on college campuses for 6 years before pandemic closures forced everyone to come in contact with DEI ideas from DiAngelo et al. Widespread exposure across industries beyond academia reduced complicity, decreased its spread, and has built opposition that is beyond their control. It reduced the slow, concealed spread on unwitting k-12 and college students. Term is overused at this point, but rhetorical ‘immunity’ has countered the DEI spread in organizations like FAIR, Counterpoint, Heterodox Academy, and just everyday life experiences that refute DEI conclusions.

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

"One concrete manifestation of this reasoning that was mentioned favorably by all three of the panelists is 'racial affinity groups.' These groups have already achieved widespread implementation in both schools and businesses and are explicitly segregated by racial identity. "

How can this be lawful? The practice must run afoul of local, state and federal anti-discrimination laws and ordinances. One would think that there would have been investigations by states' attorneys general and/or threats of civil litigation to end what is clearly a discriminatory practice. Isn't it established law that first-amendment right to freedom of association can't be used as a shield to protect racially exclusionary practices?

Expand full comment

Counterpoint, in praise of DEI, found here:

https://gaty.substack.com/p/the-case-for-crt-dei-and-whatever

The spread and embrace of this poisonous ideology is a blessing in disguise, shows us the institutions that are hopelessly lost and need to be destroyed - and luckily, DEI will destroy them for us!

Expand full comment
Mar 15, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

Great piece Jake and it was much needed. We need more of these essays. These are race grifters and these are the days in which I wish writer and journalist Tom Wolfe were around to sharply point his pen at these hucksters that feed on division while also believing they are on the moral high ground

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

So basically, DEI is not working correctly because we’re not doing it right. Despite the exorbitant consultant fees. Y’all need to spend more to get it right.

Expand full comment

This is very good news but not surprising. Corporate America figured out how to exploit social causes a long time ago. Remember the campaigns for 'Dolphin Safe Tuna'? We've had decades of corporate greenwashing while businesses engage in more environmentally harmful practices. The whole recycling theater is sleight-of-hand to distract us from seeing that we are overwhelmed with single-use containers. (And most of the contents of recycling bins winds up in landfills because it is not economically nor environmentally sound to actually recycle most of that stuff - the stuff that can be feasibly recycled is picked out of the bins). DEI is already suffering the same fate as recycling ...

Even educators are getting in on the scam: educators are getting funds & time off to write things like "Equity-Based Lab Manuals" and such. Everyone is going to try to get something out of this.

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

A pushback? Thank the Lord. I predict the decline of the ideology in the near future. And the pushback will be broad.

Expand full comment
Mar 14, 2023Liked by Joseph (Jake) Klein

JFC, this is terrifying.

Expand full comment

How much does Robin charge for her garbage spewing sessions? She’s the ultimate capitalist.

Expand full comment

“On March 1st, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, an independent publisher that markets Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion literature...”

Already lost me 😂😂. The only word ‘literature’ and the acronym ‘DEI’ do NOT belong together.

Of interest/relevance: https://michaelmohr.substack.com/p/chris-rock

Expand full comment