Policies impacting corporate America have their origins in academia. When I planned to start SEE, I spoke with my advisor, and I predicted what’s happening today.
Honestly, it didn’t take a psychic to see the trend lines. Human Resources departments were exploding with roles like “Diversity Coordinator”, and other social justice-like titles. HR departments grew geometrically from the need for people who understood the issues of new hires, based on ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and so forth.
No longer was hiring about competency in the job, and what a candidate or employee brought to the company, but more about hitting a targeted quota.
Businesses suffered. The outcome is many closed and even more will close. And we are only beginning to see the results of this infiltration into corporate America, because it will get worse.
Just recently an editor of the New York Times stepped down. As the New York Post reported:
“The New York Times announced on Sunday that editorial page editor James Bennet has resigned from his post — following controversy over the publication of an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton.
“Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher, in a note to staff announcing the changes.
“James and I agreed that it would take a new team to lead the department through a period of considerable change.”
The changes came after days of turmoil over the Republican lawmaker’s piece, published Wednesday with the title “Send In The Troops.”
In his op-ed, Cotton argued that President Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy the military across the country to aid local law enforcement with unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
The column, which Bennet later said he did not read ahead of publication, caused an open revolt from staffers at the newspaper, with dozens tweeting their displeasure, including sharing the note: “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger.”
Bennet initially defended publishing the piece, both in the paper and on Twitter, writing: “Times Opinion owes it to our readers to show them counter-arguments, particularly those made by people in a position to set policy.”
But at a virtual town hall held for Times staffers on Friday, Bennet apologized, saying the op-ed should not have been published and that it was the result of a breakdown in the process meant to vet such pieces, the Grey Lady reported.
Don’t please your “woke” staff, and you’re out. But Bennet wasn’t the only casualty of the “woke” generation.
Stan Wischnowski, the executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, has resigned following twenty years working at the organization. His crime? He allowed the newspaper to run the headline “Buildings Matter, Too” on an architecture critic’s column. He wanted to draw attention to the negative consequences of damaging property and buildings.
The Inquirer reported that the executive editor announced his resignation “days after discontent among the newspaper’s staff erupted over a headline on a column about the impact of the civil unrest following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.”
After the incident, Wischnowski and two other editors issued an article-length apology for suggesting that “the loss of buildings and the lives of Black Americans” were equivalent.
“The headline offensively riffed on the Black Lives Matter movement, and suggested an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans. That is unacceptable,” said the editors. “While no such comparison was intended, intent is ultimately irrelevant. An editor’s attempt to capture a columnist’s nuanced argument in a few words went horribly wrong, and the resulting hurt and anger are plain.”
I say to those who follow the work of SEE, academia is a conveyor belt of social justice. And they grow like cancer inside of corporations each day.
Who do you think will push back on this? I honestly see NO OTHER ORGANIZATION doing the work we do or who is willing to buck this dangerous trend.
Consider the impact of an unchecked social justice agenda. Where do you think we will be in another decade?
Consider how your gifts to SEE allow our fight to continue. While I am NEVER satisfied with our progress, we have made more progress faster than most organizations I know in this space. And we plan to accelerate our programs.
There is no price too large to put on fighting against the current norm. Americans deserve to return to meritocracy, and helping students find their passions and pursue those passions with gusto.