Diversity is one of the holy pillars of modern secular thought. It can’t be questioned or ignored. You will bow down to it and worship what it represents — just as long as the elites approve of the “diverse” people in question.
Human beings are hypocrites, but most don’t even recognize their hypocrisy. One of the key examples was on display this week as progressive left advocates of diversity proved how much they love diversity by hounding a man out of a job because he had dared to make a political contribution they disagreed with.
But as soon as he was hired, the advocates of diversity started whining, first as a low rumble and then louder and louder. Nobody alleged that Eich wasn’t qualified for the job. Nobody alleged that Eich had mistreated anyone. Eich’s only sin — in the eyes of the progressive left people who screamed — is having donated $1,000 six years ago to the political campaign which sought to pass Proposition 8 in California, the measure seeking to define marriage as something only between a man and a woman.
This isn’t a popular opinion today, especially among those who consider themselves the political and technological elite. In fact, it’s pretty much on par with the allegation decades ago that someone might have been a member of the Communist Party. It’s enough to make someone a leper in the eyes of people who otherwise preach diversity.
On Thursday, Eich was fired from his new job. We’re told that he resigned, but anybody with a brain knows he was forced out. He was purged for having a political belief that the elites don’t find acceptable.
It’s easy to attack those on the progressive left on this issue, especially because they’re the ones who have the biggest blind spot about this and yell the most self-righteously about diversity. But I think it’s a common human failing that goes beyond one partisan group.
Here’s the way it works. When you’re part of a group with a minority position, you make the case that your position deserves to be represented in discourse. It’s not fair, you say, for the popular position to be the only one heard. So you cry out for representation of your minority position. But as opinions shift and your opinion becomes the popular one, you suddenly lose your dedication to other people having the right to be heard. In fact, they’re nothing but bigots and losers who deserve to be silenced. And you use the power of your group’s new-found strength in numbers to punish those who disagree with you.
I’ve seen this in church power struggles. I’ve seen it in political groups. I’ve seen it in legislative bodies. It’s part of the hypocrisy that comes with being human. But most groups aren’t arrogantly hypocritical enough to make “diversity” among their key values — while being perfectly happy to purge dissenters from jobs — which is what the progressive left has done.
Progressives don’t really believe in diversity. They believe that others have the responsibility to agree with their moral dictates. They believe that it’s reasonable to use pressure to get rid of people who disagree with them or might not sing loudly enough from the Progressive Hymnal.
The drive today to silence those who have disagreed with some elements of the progressive agenda in the past is no different than the drive in the past to root out people who might have had communist sympathies. These folks are spiritual descendents of Joe McCarthy, but they’re too blind to see it.
At one time, being gay was enough to prevent you from being employable. Even though people should have the right to hire or fire people for whatever reasons they please, I find it morally reprehensible that someone would be passed over for being gay or black or female or whatever.
I find it just as reprehensible that a highly qualified man can be forced out of a job simply because of a political opinion. What’s been done to Eich is wrong, but the smugly self-satisfied people who engineered it can’t see their own hypocrisy.