Why We Can Change the World

Stratman, Dave
http://newdemocracyworld.org/old/diversity.htm
http://connexions.org/CxArchive/NewDem/diversity.htm

Publisher:  New Democracy
Date Written:  16/03/2000
Year Published:  2000  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX11127

Many good people support the "diversity" concept, because they see it as a way of building unity and respect for each other across cultural divides. But diversity is about "celebrating and respecting our differences." Despite many people's best intentions, it's not really about finding what we have in common, but about focusing on differences as if these supposed differences are what define us as human beings. Diversity as a framework, as a way of thinking about each other, will always stand in the way of the goal that most of us share, of multi-racial, multi-ethnic unity. Diversity in fact is no different from the basic capitalist view that society consists of various groups competing for their own interests. Such a view does not present any threat to capitalism or to inequality but reinforces it.

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