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Home > Blog > The Forum: What Is True Diversity?
Out of Our Minds
Monday, May 10, 2004 7:00 AM
The Forum: What Is True Diversity?
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Is it time for a new definition of 'diversity?' While companies big and small struggle to meet some sort of magic number of the right proportions of black, white, Asian, Latino (not to mention women and men), I'm wrestling with whether any of this is the right measure. For instance, doesn't a white male who grew up in poverty have more in common with a black male who also grew up poor than with a white woman raised in affluence?

There are so many factors that impact people's belief systems (a large part of what we're seeking from diversity anyway) -- married vs. divorced or single, conservative-liberal, gay-straight. Shouldn't we have a scorecard that is more than just race and gender?

I ask these questions as a straight, married white male living in a warm-weather urban environment, raised middle class.


2 comments

anita - 5/12/2004 8:25:53 AM
John -- That's an excellent point. Most all the problems in the world -- not to mention inside companies -- are caused by intolerance of other views. We pat ourselves on the back for hiring outside our own race or gender, but we virtually always hire people who think like us.
John - 5/11/2004 10:09:56 PM
As a conservative, middle-aged, white male of European ancestry , I can tell you that I truly believe the only diversity that truly matters is the diversity of beliefs. If we really want a diverse culture, aren't we really talking about points of view and opinions- not skin color or gender? think I know why we automatically think that diversity is on the outside- it is easier that way. When we are confronted with different opinions, that is when it gets tough.

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