by Alvin Rabushka*
Demography is Diversity. Diversity is being driven by demography. The dramatic change in the U.S. population from 88.3% White in 1940 to a projected 42.6% White in 2060 (Whites will cease being a majority sometime around 2042-45) must necessarily change the composition and leadership of nearly every American organization and institution.
I have raised a number of issues with the process of Diversity and Inclusion.
There is considerable arbitrariness in the racial/ethnic classification of Americans, which means that any descriptive statistics on Diversity are not conclusive.
Measurement, an agreed-upon numerical scale and the appropriate level (s) to which it applies in any organization (the degree of granularity), is critical to claims about progress towards Diversity. To date, measurement has received little consideration.
The current working definition of Diversity and Inclusion is that no all-White entity can exist. Every group with Whites must include non-Whites. Any group of non-Whites need not include Whites. Whites cannot self-segregate and must be Inclusive. In contrast, minorities must have the right to integrate and self-segregate as they wish. Minorities can be Inclusive and/or Exclusive. Women can be Exclusive of men, but not all-White.
There are no simple criteria for deciding who between and within the People of Color should be at the front of the Diversity and Inclusion line. Those who have been here the longest? Those who descend from American slavery? …
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*Alvin Rabushka is an American political scientist. He is a David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is best known for his work on taxation and transition economies. Together with Robert Hall, he wrote a detailed Flat Tax plan known as the Hall–Rabushka flat tax.