Back Cover Blurb
- America is in crisis, from the university to the workplace. Toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic values, fueled intolerance, and widened divisions in our larger culture. Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton? Oppressive. American history? Tyranny. Professors correcting grammar and spelling, or employers hiring by merit? Racist and sexist. Students emerge into the working world believing that human beings are defined by their skin color, gender, and sexual preference, and that oppression based on these characteristics is the American experience. Speech that challenges these campus orthodoxies is silenced with brute force.
- The Diversity Delusion argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America's endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia. Diversity commissars denounce meritocratic standards as discriminatory, enforce hiring quotas, and teach students and adults alike to think of themselves as perpetual victims. From #MeToo mania that blurs flirtations with criminal acts, to implicit bias and diversity compliance training that sees racism in every interaction, Heather Mac Donald argues that we are creating a nation of narrowed minds, primed for grievance, and that we are putting our competitive edge at risk.
- But there is hope in the works of authors, composers, and artists who have long inspired the best in us. Compiling the author's decades of research and writing on the subject, The Diversity Delusion calls for a return to the classical liberal pursuits of open-minded inquiry and expression, by which everyone can discover a common humanity.
- Not since "Bloom (Allan) - The Closing of the American Mind" has a book so thoroughly exposed the damage done to American institutions--particularly universities – by modern liberalism's glib commitment to 'diversity.' Mac Donald unveils today's true operating principle: that claims of social justice precede the diminishment of Western greatness – a greatness that has (and will continue to) benefit the former victims of Western bigotry. This book is a story of what happens when too much insecurity seeps into a great civilization.
→ Shelby Steele1, author of Shame, White Guilt, and The Content of Our Character
- Universities justify their privileged position by claiming to be forums for the promotion of clarity, logic, and evidence. Yet their own policies, affecting millions, are too often defended with factual howlers, logical non sequiturs and mindless boilerplate. Heather Mac Donald may not persuade you on every point, but with her spitfire writing and scorn for nonsense she is forcing universities to live up to their own principles.
→ Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Enlightenment Now
- Introduction – 1
- Part I: Race
- The Hysterical Campus – 9
- Elites to Affirmative Action Voters: Drop Dead 35
- Affirmative Disaster – 53
- The Microaggression Farce – 63
- Are We All Unconscious Racists? – 87
- Part II: Gender
- The Campus Rape Myth – 117
- Neo-Victorianism on Campus – 139
- The Fainting Couch at Columbia – 149
- Policing Sexual Desire: The #MeToo Movement’s Impossible Premise – 155
- Part III: The Bureaucracy
- Multiculti U. – 171
- How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences – 189
- Scandal Erupts Over the Promotion of Bourgeois Behavior – 201
- Part IV: The Purpose of the University
Notes – 249
- The Humanities and Us – 211
- Great Courses, Great Profits – 223
- The True Purpose of the University – 237
- From Culture to Cupcakes – 243
Index – 265
In-Page Footnotes ("Mac Donald (Heather) - The Diversity Delusion")
- St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (14 July 2020)
- Sub-Title: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
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