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Which is more diverse?(4 posts)

Which is more diverse?ClydeTri
Jan 27, 2003 8:42 AM
What defines diversity? Why should it be defined as differing races/nationalities as it is?

For example, I work in an engineering environment. What kind of diversity would actually help here? WOuld having two whites, two blacks, an asian, and a native american make for a better workforce and output? Or, would having two electrical engineers, two mechanical engineers, a chemical and an industrial engineer make for a better diverse workforce? I vote for the latter.

My point? Why is diversity almost only attributed to things that really dont matter? Race/sex/nationality dont make a person, their education and what they can bring to the table intellectually does.
I'll take'Things That Really Don't Matter?' for $100 Alex: nm128
Jan 27, 2003 9:06 AM
But as long as so many of us JUDGE on race, it matters.cory
Jan 27, 2003 9:16 AM
I agree that race/sex/nationality don't make a person, and it would be nice if we all judged by "education and what they can bring to the table." The fact is, though, that an awful lot of people DO look first at race, sex and nationality.
I'm a newspaper reporter in a medium-sized city, and you should see the mail I get when I do stories on those issues. It's hateful, 1930s-and-before stuff, the kinds of things all us open-minded, equal-opportunity white folks like to think society has left behind. It hasn't.
As for why we attribute diversity to things that don't matter--off the top of my head, it's because that's what causes the injustice. If you don't hire somebody because he doesn't have the background or education the job requires, it's simply because he or she can't do the job. But it's still common, when there are equal candidates, to take the blue-eyed blond. Even as a blue-eyed blond myself, I don't like that.
I see your point, I think...eyebob
Jan 27, 2003 10:34 AM
"Why is diversity almost only attributed to things that really dont matter? "

But what does this statement mean?