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At the Heritage Foundation, the Anti-DEI Crusade Is Part of a Bigger War | Mother Jones |

I attended an event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, focused on "seizing the moment to defeat DEI." I have written before about the right's use of the acronym as a codeword to attack social progress generally and the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically. The panel at Heritage--a think tank that in recent years has taken a turn from Reagnite conservatism to Viktor Orbán-loving, Trumpian populism--was a particular strain of this provocation.

There is one kind of discussion over Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, with critics across the spectrum debating the efficacy and benefits of such programs. And then there is Heritage's view: that DEI is a hidden agenda pushed by the Black Lives Matter movement--the plan of "committed Marxists nursed by an international network" who are "dedicated to overthrowing America and its entire system."

This ignores that, as Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has written in The New Yorker, DEI is often a "popular tool of the upper management of businesses and universities [adopted] after the so-called racial reckoning of the summer of 2020" to quell frustrations--and "hardly constitutes a theory, an ideology, or a political movement." (Many on the left even say it is, in fact, the corporatization of more radical strains of anti-racism.) But at Heritage and in other conservative circles, a potential compromising of leftist values is being touted as proof that the Reds have won and enshrined their agenda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 07:09:54 PM EST
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