Reclaiming ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’

And Other News

August 25th, 2021


Introducing FAIR Transparency

As FAIR works to bolster positive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs, we are excited to announce the launch of FAIR Transparency. By learning about how people are experiencing DEI policies and programs, this project aims to move our institutions forward toward the pro-human vision of Dr. Martin Luther King.  


Learn more here.

A Better Option For Schools Than CRT

This week, FAIR released a video essay featuring Quay Hana, a speaker, and educator who has spent his life standing up to racism using pro-human approaches. Quay discussed the semantics of terms like “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” and how they have been co-opted to represent dogmatic, neo-racist beliefs.


Watch the video here.


Other News

For Deseret News, Luke Nathan Phillips of Braver Angels suggested that America’s political polarization may in part be a reflection of two different ways to love one’s country. While conservatives tend to emphasize America’s glorious past, liberals emphasize America’s glorious potential. Accepting that these two approaches are both equally valid and patriotic may be one way to help shrink America’s widening political divide. 

“There might be a unified American identity beneath everything, and maybe we can discover it; but we should not premise our tolerance and affection for our fellow Americans on their submission to our own ideas of patriotism.”


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For The Spectator, Toby Young chronicled the failing of the Orwell Foundation to protect one of its own prize winners, Kate Clanchy, from a censorious online mob. Following an apology for the ‘hurt’ caused, Clacnchy’s publisher, Picador, has announced that her book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, will now be updated by ‘an appropriate group of specialist readers’ in order to appease a small coterie of online offense opiners. 

“Surely if a charity bearing Orwell’s name has a purpose, it is to keep the flame of intellectual freedom alive?”


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For The Wall Street Journal, Tony Woodlief outlined why state-level bans of critical race theory may not be the most effective approach for pushing back against problematic school curricula. Instead, a more community-based approach focused on local school districts could be a more successful model.

“Local communities can regain authority over what their children are taught. Schools in progressive cities can teach critical race theory if that is what they want, while the rest of the country can keep such dogmas out. It’s a solution that ought to appeal to anyone who believes in democratic self-governance.”


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For The Wall Street Journal, John Beatty wrote about the shoehorning of neo-racist concepts into public schools against the wishes of parents and teachers. With the Association of American Educators finding that less than half of its members favor educators teaching these concepts, and with six of the nine members of Mr. Beatty's school board now under threat of recall by local parents, it might be time for those seeking to implement these ideas to reconsider their approach to education. 

“Our children aren’t racist or prejudiced. They are just kids. They need formation and guidance. By treating others with respect, even those with whom we disagree, we will begin to heal our schools, our counties and our country.” 


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For National Review, Frederick M. Hess of the American Enterprise Institute discussed the sudden and widespread adoption of racial segregation policies being promoted under the label of “racial affinity groups.” While the implementation of these new segregationist practices are claimed to be based on solid scholarship, Hess shows that the evidence frequently cited in support of their purported benefits is of “dismal quality.”

“[G]iven the thousands of education professors in American schools of education, one might imagine there’d be a mass of research on this hot-button question. Yet a comprehensive search of the academic databases ProQuest and Google Scholar returns just five articles purporting to examine the benefits of ‘racial affinity’ spaces in K–12 schooling… As striking as the utter dearth of research is, the dismal quality of the little that exists is even more telling.”


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For The New York Times, FAIR Advisor John McWhorter discussed the costly removal of a large boulder on the University of Wisconsin campus. Nearly 100 years ago a racial slur had been used to describe the rock, and some students claimed the rock has stood as a monument to racism ever since. McWhorter questions whether such “performance art” actually helps people with dark skin, or whether it does them a disservice by portraying them as weak and overly fragile.

“The Wisconsin rock episode was a textbook demonstration of the difference between sincere activism and playacting, out of a desire to join the civil rights struggle in a time when the problems are so much more abstract than they once were.”


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FAIR Advisor Kmele Foster joined Yascha Mounk of Persuasion for a profound discussion on the perils of race essentialism.

“I think it's about engaging with the genuine complexity of the world, and the genuine complexity of the historical circumstances that bring us into [our] present context. And I think, unfortunately, rather than engaging with that complexity, it's very convenient to allow ourselves to slip into thinking it's just about the primacy of race.”


Listen here.


For Tablet, FAIR Advisor Wilfred Reilly addressed how adherence to political and other strongly-held ideologies on both sides of the political aisle are increasingly subverting facts to politically expedient narratives.

“A remarkable aspect of today’s culture war debates, across a whole range of topics, is the fact that many massively popular positions bear no resemblance to measurable truth… The trend is a dangerous one: People who fear nonexistent demons are also likely to propose costly and unnecessary witch hunts.”


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For UnHerd FAIR Advisor, Ayaan Hirsi Ali weighed in on America’s abandonment of Afghan women and girls, now suffering a swift loss in their basic human rights. FAIR stands for fundamental rights and liberties everywhere. We stand with and feel for those now living in fear of the Taliban.

“American decline is not inevitable. It is a choice. Standing by our allies is a choice. Standing up for human rights is a choice.”


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Upcoming Event

On September 11th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm EDT, join FAIR Advisor Erec Smith and other notable speakers as they discuss Growing Diversity of Thought in K-12 Education: Current Challenges and the Path Forward.


Learn more and register here.


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