Reaching for the Ring of Diversity
It appears that Rhode Island has made the national diversity news feed. Here’s Roger Clegg:
Portuguese business owners in Rhode Island are upset with a proposed state law that would strip them of their official “minority” status — and the contracting set-asides that go with it. There are no heroes in this story, however, which provides a nice lesson in the perils of racial preference in an increasingly multiracial society. …
So you can sort of feel sorry for the Portuguese. On the other hand, they aren’t demanding equal treatment for all: They still want other European and Middle Eastern Americans to be discriminated against. And, if push comes to shove, they are even happy for some Portuguese companies to be discriminated against, so long as it’s not them personally. Says one Portuguese owner, “I think if they’re going to go through with it, people should really be grandfathered in. That’s the only fair way to do it.” Right!
One suspicious aspect of the whole diversity thing is that, as this sort of controversy brings into the light, it is actually quite profitable to be discriminated against. Declare “the era of discrimination is over!,” and thousands of minority interests and members of the diversity industry will respond: “Not on our watch.”