Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Pro's of Unemployment

Ok, maybe just one "pro".

Blogger and Law Professor William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has a post on the Diversity Industry.

The diversity consultant industry is pretty much like any industry; it has a product to sell and it needs to create demand for that product.

We have over 10 years in Corporate America, which means we have spent 10 full days in mandatory Diversity Training classes. And despite never having owned a slave, wanted to own a slave, or know of anybody who owned a slave, we still had to submit to 8 hours of someone speaking to us as if we either have these desires or are trying to purge these thoughts from our instinctively slave-owning minds.

The pain and suffering is twofold. As someone who performs a productive role in the company that either makes the company money or saves the company money, we had to sit there and be led by someone who offers the company nothing more than a litigation barrier and government mandated white-guilt lecture. Those were the longest days of our life.

We once sat in an all-staff meeting at a Fortune-500 company and when the CEO (a white man) offered to take questions, some shmuck stood up and asked the CEO's position on diversity. His response is now our response: "I celebrate diversity. I embrace diversity. I've hired some folks from Harvard this past year, and some from Stanford. I will continue to find and recruit the best people for the job, period."

U/T: Glenn Reynolds

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