Focus on inequality not diversity

TheStar.com – Opinion – Focus on inequality not diversity
September 17, 2009

Re:Diversity a low priority in civil service, Opinion Sept. 14

The many comments posted on the Star website in reaction to Carol Goar’s column show how divisive diversity programs are. They promote an “us versus them mentality” rather than harmony. Canada is a civic nationalist country that judges everyone by individual merit, not group identity.

The best selling book, The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality, exposes many flaws in diversity programs. The author says that even as diversity programs have grown, the income gap and inequality have increased.

The book The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better, by the world reknowned Richard Wilkinson, demonstrates the same. He says that it is inequality we should be fighting because that gives us so much social pathology, which increases with inequality.

Joseph Polito, Toronto

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