Bet you thought I would write about When Andy Met Shirley. Sorry to disappoint.
Tonight we delve into the world of diversity consultants.
The diversity consultant industry is pretty much like any industry; it has a product to sell and it needs to create demand for that product.
Which brings us to Luke Visconti, owner of Diversity Inc., which bills itself as
the leading publication on diversity and business. DiversityInc's CEO and owner is Luke Visconti. DiversityInc was founded in 1998 as a web-based publication; our print magazine was launched in 2002. We reach more than 1 million unique monthly visitors on DiversityInc.com, and the magazine has circulation of over 340,000. DiversityInc.com has the largest dedicated career center for diverse professionals.Visconti says he helps companies with "diversity management":
We define diversity management as the proactive management of race/culture, gender, orientation, disability and age to ensure equal outcome in relationships with employees, customers, investors and suppliers. We feel that the first two factors (race and gender) are the most important because they impact the treatment of the other three factors and are the most dominant loci of discrimination.Visconti features a column called "Ask The White Guy."
There is one thing missing from Visconti's diversity paradigm: Political preference.
Because diversity of political opinion does not appear to be valued by Visconti, as witnessed by his outrageous statements on CNN recently, in which Visconti threw the K-Bomb.
I just made up the term "K-Bomb" (at least in the political context) because this is a week in which we are permitted to improve the language as necessity requires.
The "K" refers to the term Kapo. The Kapos (as distinghished from Capos) were reviled Jewish concentration camp guards. (Warning, really unfortunate acronym alert.)
The K-Bomb is an offshoot of Godwin's Law, as formulated by me:
As Nazi accusations in politics grow old, the probability of a comparison involving Kapos approaches one.I have had the K-Bomb thrown at me.
And Mr. Diversity Management Consultant knows how to throw the K-Bomb at blacks who join the Tea Party, during an interview by CNN host T.J. Holmes (at 4:25 of the video):
HOLMES: Aren't there though -- I know there are because we talk to them. There are African-American members of the tea party.
VISCONTI: Well, sure.
HILL: There are African-American members of the tea party.
VISCONTI: There were Jewish concentration guard camps [sic]. Weren't there? I mean, there were capos.HOLMES: I don't want to make that connection there, Luke. We don't want to go that far.
VISCONTI: Why not?
This was no rash slip of the tongue. With the benefit of hindsight, Visconti stood by his comments:
Visconti, who started DiversityInc 13 years ago and is a frequent national speaker on race relations, said he stands by his comments.Visconti, on his website, invokes the standard -- and demonstrably false -- claims that there are thousands of racist signs at Tea Party rallies. (Visconti appears to be referring primarily to the Obama-Socialist Joker posters, which were created by an Arab-American Chicago artist.)
And then Visconti turns logic on its head, by claiming that because Tea Party members are so defensive about allegations of racism, there must be something to the claims:
There are also many rally signs and bumper stickers about the Tea Party NOT being racist. If you have to repetitively deny it, something is probably wrong.Let's call that Visconti's Law:
The longer the playing of the race card continues, the probability that someone will deny the accusation, and thereby provide proof of the accusation, approaches one.Update: Also known as Kafkatrapping?
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