Seems that everywhere I look today; I see diversity promoted as the panacea for all human ailments. I think I even saw a sign in a health foods store proclaiming; “Diversity: A Miraculous Cure for Acne!”
Yes, I bought an eight oz bottle. No, it did not work, but then I don’t have acne so that could explain it, right? Maybe I didn’t use enough? However, the label does not say how much diversity I need to use to cure anything, let alone acne.
I confess, I’m sarcastic, but I’m desperate.
What is Diversity? It’s an impossible dream, a fantasy an illusion!
Being the good student I claim, I researched the concept of Diversity beginning with synonyms and antonyms. I found 367 synonyms and 91 antonyms. Whoa, talk about a percentage variance – I was amazed. Even more so, I was stunned by many of the antonyms such as equality, agreement, community, equivalency, harmony, understanding, and union. Almost seems to me that Diversity is the antithesis of the historical spirit of America.
America was built on a perceived idea of diversity with a premise of Freedom of Religion. The tragic part of that was, initially, there was no Freedom of Religion.
“Freedom of Religion was not the law in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans came to America so they could practice their religion as they pleased. However, they did not allow other settlers the same religious freedom. Settlers who did not follow the Puritan ways were not allowed to own land in the colony, and were often sent away.” (Magliocca & Mele, n.d.)
Has the concept of Freedom of Religion improved since the Puritans? For the most part, yes it has, but I fear for its survival. Even now, a President who claims to espouse the Diversity of America’s Freedom of Religion is actively attacking that freedom by attempting to silence certain religious groups and promot\ing others.
There is Diversity in silencing Diversity.
Is there Diversity in Freedom of Speech?
“Freedom of speech is the right to articulate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.” (“Freedom of speech,” 2016)
Since it’s inception, the U.S. Supreme Court has been challenged to define what “Freedom of Speech” entails.
Freedom of speech includes the right:
- Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag).
West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
- Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”).
Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
- To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.
Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
- To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns.
Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
- To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions).
Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
- To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest).
Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).
Freedom of speech does not include the right:
- To incite actions that would harm others (e.g., “[S]hout[ing] ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”).
Schenck v. the United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).
- To make or distribute obscene materials.
Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957).
- To burn draft cards as an anti-war protest.
United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
- To permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration.
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).
- Of students to make an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event.
Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).
- Of students to advocate illegal drug use at a school-sponsored event.
Morse v. Frederick, __ U.S. __ (2007).
- (Federal Judiciary, n.d.)
Given the American penchant for lawsuits, I’m pretty sure this is a shortened version of a very long list of cases presented before the Supreme Court regarding Freedom of Speech. The problem for my old mind is the second portion of this list with its restrictions.
When one opinion of an argument mandates restrictions on another opinion, is that not censorship? Is that not suppression of Diversity?
I’m going to jump forward to the present time – fall, 2016, a time of major disruption in our world caused by Diversity? Yep, I said it, Diversity is a primary cause of all our ills – care for an explanation? Glad you asked.
Diversity, true Diversity does not exist – it’s an illusion.
- Certain cultures (A) in our world feel pedophilia is an acceptable practice, however, many others (B) do not. Immigrants from culture A moving to culture B may wish to continue their practice while members of B culture refuse to allow it. Which culture is being more Diverse?
- Political party (A) believes in Freedom of Speech for everyone regardless of what may be said while party (B) believes in politically appropriate censorship. Which party is more Diverse?
- The mayor of City (A) believes in allowing illegal/undocumented immigrants to settle without fear of deportation while the Mayor of City (B) believes the exact opposite. Which city is more Diverse?
- A black, female Principal of an elementary school in Oregon determines that the Pledge of Allegiance will no longer be said in the school to aid in “Diversity.”
If only one child wants to say the Pledge, is he/she allowed to based on her “Diverse” request? Is the Principal teaching true “Diversity?”
Since the Principal is the only black, female principal at the school, is she truly “Diverse?”
Were I to continue this list of questionable “Diversities.”, I would most assuredly run out of printer ink and paper long before I ran out of examples. I believe the reason for this is “Diversity,” as claimed and declared by manipulative people is strictly an illusion meant to mislead the innocent and control a population.
Does the wind care about “Diversity” when it erodes the soil?
Does the weed in the garden fight against the flower for nutrients and water neither ceding to the others “Diversity.”
Do the predators show “Diversity” when hunting prey?
Do people habitually recognize and fully honor the “Diversity” of others?
Is the genuine recognition and acceptance of true “Diversity a common human endeavor, something we only address when the need arises or an illusionary political tool?