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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PiggyReads
Oct 09, 2020

This was an excellent book!Heather Mac Donald shows how university educations have been ruined and are steadily moving away from their original purpose because of all the race and gender wokeness. She also explains why this is dangerous, for the country as a whole and she completely destroys arguments for affirmative action. I would recommend this book to non-woke liberals and conservatives alike. A must read!

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chichichichi
Jun 15, 2020

Compelling, courageous, factual, especially current in the plight situation we are in now----nobody dares to speak the truth.

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bell5133
Feb 23, 2020

Summary: Liberals whine about oppression while they are the ones oppressing conservatives. Blacks and Hispanics have the most privilege, while Asians have the least. College girls are supposedly in an epidemic of rape because feminist liberation changed the female’s default answer to the sex question from “no” to “yes.” Colleges these days care more about identity politics than teaching students anything. Employers care more about hiring minorities than about hiring the best and brightest for the job.

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randalelder
Jan 19, 2020

Enjoyed the book and recommend it, an excellent source of information. Read the book, draw your own conclusion, rather than relying on the opinions of others, myself included.

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janajensen
Nov 29, 2019

Heather Mac Donald takes a courageous view in opposition to the current non-sensical culture of blaming everyone else for your own bad decisions. Other reviewers have done well in summarizing the good qualities of The Diversity Delusion (see https://www.takimag.com/article/delusion-on-campus/#axzz5S50vlXib) so I won't heap on my own commentary here. I must say, however, that Mac Donald provides compelling and convincing arguments on this topic. Don't expect this book to be fun to read, but it is as enlightening as it is depressing. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about understanding the realities of these important issues and their damaging effect on our society.

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Campari1
Oct 14, 2019

Five stars+. Unfortunately, people who have the authority to change things, at schools, industries, governments at any level, actually everywhere, keep forgetting that diversity is good, but excellence is better.

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blue_dog_31717
Jul 15, 2019

Hard-hitting, detailed, and not afraid to tell the truth(even if it is far from politically correct), The Diversity Delusion triumphs in making its core case: that identity politics, race and gender pandering, and the refusal to do anything to stop the few radical students hijacking the conversation corrupts the university and undermines our culture. Spitting in the face of the politically correct, Heather MacDonald destroys the liberal argument with one thing: the truth. She has already been dismissed as racist, sexist, and bigoted by the mainstream left, which have taken to just ignoring her. But to the mainstream Americans, who care about the future of our country, this book is a must-read. I give this book a 10/10 and a "Read This Now!" review.

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BASLM
Jul 08, 2019

Very hard hitting, factual expose of irrationality of diversity pandering going on in our culture today. She is a voice of reason and common sense amidst reactive howlers.

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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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blue_dog_31717
Jul 15, 2019

[Studies have proved that] getting rid of racial preferences would reduce Duke's black population, now 10 percent of the student body, by half, but the half that remained would be fully competitive which their peers.

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blue_dog_31717
Jul 15, 2019

"[UC Berkeley's] black-themed dorm and student center operated exactly as one would expect, confirming the beliefs of racial oppression: "Sometimes we feel we're not wanted on campus... It's usually subtle things, glances or not be invited to study groups."[said by the student with a 1.7 GPA]... Of course, the only reason [the student with a 1.7 GPA] and many of his fellow dormmates are at Berkeley is because the administration "wants" them so much, regardless of their chances at success."

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blue_dog_31717
Jul 15, 2019

"A student petition at Yale University called... [English] course[s] covering Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, and Wordsworth... "[the creation of] a culture that is especially hostile to students of color"...sadly there was nothing remarkable about the demand."

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blue_dog_31717
Jul 15, 2019

"Faculty respond[s] to [the] student's know-nothing tantrums with silence-when they are not actively colluding in the destruction of humanistic learning."

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blue_dog_31717
Jul 15, 2019

"The University of California, San Diego circulated a petition to cancel a course of Woddy Allen's movies... [when] asked if the demand to efface the course raised free speech problems, the student dismissed the first amendment as an "outdated" law "written by a bunch of white men".

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