The Diversity Delusion

The Diversity Delusion

How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture

Book - 2018
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By the New York Times bestselling author: a provocative account of the attack on the humanities, the rise of intolerance, and the erosion of serious learning America is in crisis, from the university to the workplace. Toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic values, fueled intolerance, and widened divisions in our larger culture. Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton' Oppressive. American history' Tyranny. Professors correcting grammar and spelling, or employers hiring by merit' Racist and sexist. Students emerge into the working world believing that human beings are defined by their skin color, gender, and sexual preference, and that oppression based on these characteristics is the American experience. Speech that challenges these campus orthodoxies is silenced with brute force. The Diversity Delusion argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America's endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia. Diversity commissars denounce meritocratic standards as discriminatory, enforce hiring quotas, and teach students and adults alike to think of themselves as perpetual victims. From #MeToo mania that blurs flirtations with criminal acts, to implicit bias and diversity compliance training that sees racism in every interaction, Heather Mac Donald argues that we are creating a nation of narrowed minds, primed for grievance, and that we are putting our competitive edge at risk. But there is hope in the works of authors, composers, and artists who have long inspired the best in us. Compiling the author's decades of research and writing on the subject, The Diversity Delusion calls for a return to the classical liberal pursuits of open-minded inquiry and expression, by which everyone can discover a common humanity.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250200914
1250200911
9781250200921
Branch Call Number: 370.117 Mac
Characteristics: vi, 278 pages ; 25 cm

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Boych2018
May 07, 2019

Book is a dense read in the first section on race. In the second section on gender MacDonald relaxes and the narrative moves quicker. In the last section on universities she hits full stride when comparing what is as opposed to what should be. It is in the last section that an alternative to university is revealed by way of Great Courses – something I’ll soon looking into.

The strength of MacDonald’s presentation comes by keying on weak diversity culture thoughts and practices. Those weaknesses are brought to light with sharp analysis, common sense questions, and several dry observations.

The answers to her questions are obvious: by asking she illuminates why “the diversity king has no clothes”.

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MichelleinBallard
Mar 25, 2019

Mac Donald raises some valid (and some invalid) and important concerns. Unfortunately, as with much of her previous work, Mac Donald's arguments suffer from her polemical style of thinking and writing.

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warlocks4life
Mar 11, 2019

Great book. Really breaks down how toxic the radical left has become with their forced diversity. They believe it’s okay to judge people based on their race and gender. They divide everyone into little groups, yet they claim Trump has divided us. It’s classic divide and conquer. Please stop falling for it. The other reviewer likely didn’t read the book and is a NPC.

Notice they attack the messenger and not the message? God forbid prople read a book and make up theirs own mind, especially in the age of fake news and useless opinion pieces.

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naturalist
Sep 30, 2018

Manhattan Institute right-wing reactionary talking head...
about the author from RationalWiki
https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Heather_Mac_Donald
and,
from Media Matters For America
https://www.mediamatters.org/tags/heather-mac-donald
and,
“Know Your Enemy: Heather Mac Donald”
by Debra J. Dickersoon, posted may 6, 2008, at Mother Jones
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2008/05/know-your-enemy-heather-mac-donald/

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