Jackson (I refuse to honor him with the title Reverend, since he has no reverence for anything other than personal aggrandizement), apparently believes that diversity is the responsibility of corporate entities. It is not. Their responsibility is to make money for their shareholders – not to waste the company’s profits by hiring people who can’t do the job for which they’ve been hired. Meg Whitman is not responsible for he lack of diversity in the work place, Mr. Jackson – you are!
You, Mr. Jackson – you and Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Farakhan and Mr. Holder and Mr. Obama and all the other black leaders who lead by dissension – you are responsible for the lack of black participation in the miracle of America. My great grandfather came to America from Germany and worked hard to integrate himself into the cauldron of American diversity, as did my wife’s Irish grandparents and the grandparents and great grandparents of countless Italian and Japanese and Polish and Greek Americans. But our ancestors had a tremendous advantage over today’s blacks – they didn’t have people like you deliberately impeding their integration into American diversity for personal gain.
You do not, Mr. Jackson, achieve diversity by preaching to blacks that they are superior to their white fellow citizens. That leads only to people who think they are above diversifying into the larger community.
You do not achieve diversity by holding blacks immune from punishment for the crimes they commit. That tactic only infuriate whites and leads ultimately to divisiveness – not diversity.
You do not create diversity by paying people not to work. That creates only people with no skills to sell and no interest in working in any case.
You do not create diversity by forcing employers to hire unqualified people. That leads only to the generalization in the corporate community that all blacks are shiftless and stupid.
No, Mr. Jackson, you achieve diversity only by getting out of the way and letting black people integrate themselves into American diversify.
I harbor no illusions, of course, that you will follow that excellent advise, since I am painfully aware that you are, despite your raucous rhetoric, adamantly opposed to black diversity. And for good reason. The isolation of the black community from the diverse community at large is your cash cow.