William Thien

What Is It Going to Be, Equality or Diversity? You Can’t Have it Both Ways!

Posted on: April 29, 2015

In the past I wrote an essay, What Is It Going to Be, Equality or Diversity? You Can’t Have it Both Ways!

The terms equality and diversity indicate complete opposites of existence and are in my experience offensive tools rather than any measure of social equalization. “Equalization” is often not the ultimate goal.

To me what is crucial in the observation is that “equality” is frequently being used by one portion of society, women against men, one race against another, offensively rather than as a measure of equalization.

Equality and diversity are frequently terms used by larger social masses as a method of retribution rather than equalization. That is then just an en masse form of reverse discrimination. And as I’ve also written prior to this, reverse discrimination is just plain old discrimination. Simply because it is discrimination in the reverse doesn’t mean it is excusable. If we are all equal, if by laws we are now made to all be equal, then if you discriminate against me, that is not reverse discrimination, it is simply discrimination. Do you get it? I realize it is a difficult concept, even though it is so obviously simple.

I bring this up again because in reading the front page of the local newspaper today I noticed some picket signs in the large picture of the woman’s march in Washington D.C. protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration.

There were some very toothy slogans on those signs and clearly women in general haven’t risen above the circumstances. The women marching, not all women in this country of course, want to get down in the dirt it would appear.

So what does equality or diversity have to do with Trump’s inauguration? Once you are down there in the dirt, the rules change ladies. Didn’t you know that? You can’t chant nasty, barroom slogans and then expect to be treated like a lady. That’s just one incredibly “duh” moment I noticed in the pickets in the picture of the women marching.

The most significant realization I had, though, was in reading one picket that said “We are all Equal” and then seeing several protesters back in the crowd another picket that read, “Diversity is out Strength!”

Hold it. I’m confused. Are we diverse or are we all equal? We will use diversity in our defense when are accused of treating someone inequitably or will we seek equality when we feel we are being treated unequally? Ah yes, there is that massive distinction between the two terms used in such an a obvious yet subtle sense that it makes me wonder if those using them even know what they are saying.

This goes in particular to my statements in the past that feminism is a double standard forcing equality on the country but then limping off the stage when the going gets rough, taking the game into the dirt and then crying foul when getting dirt on your faces and ruffling your social frills.

Clearly what most of what the march was about was what one guy, now President of The United States, said to another in a situation of confidence that was betrayed.

You can’t hold a guy to the fire for that. And the language isn’t any different from what you can read in the picket signs of many of the women in the march protesting Trump’s inauguration.

If women really feel mistreated by such language, then women should stop using such language themselves, stop the baiting at work and in public, put an end to the false accusations, stop taking the game in the dirt and then crying foul when things get muddy.

Because if the campaign and the election are any indication of how things are going to get when things get down in the dirt for the next four years, there is a good chance that things are going to get muddy, too quite muddy indeed.

Copyright © William Thien 2015

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William Thien

I was around during the sixties and seventies when the great social rights movements in the country were aimed at instituting “equality.” It almost made sense. Everything was done to ensure equality and that movement carried on until recently.

Lately, everything has been about something else entirely. Realizing that the public doesn’t buy the “equality” argument anymore, that “equality” is frequently being used by one portion of society offensively against another rather than as a measure of equalization, and with the public finally concluding that nobody is really truly “equal,” they’ve changed their tune hoping to carry on with the so-called reforms.

Now, the catchall isn’t “equality” anymore, it is “diversity.” Instead of insuring equality, we are supposed to “Celebrate Diversity.”

Well, what is it? Is it “Equality” or is it “Diversity? Are we all the same or are we all different?

What’s it going to be? Because you can’t…

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