Diversity training doesn’t work, stereotypes and those organic food snobs…

Today’s “well duuuuuh” moment brought to you by Psychology Today.

When people are divided into categories to illustrate the idea of diversity, it reinforces the idea of the categories. Categories are dehumanizing. They simplify the complexity of a human being. So focusing people on the categories increases their prejudice. Don’t reinforce labels, which only serve to stereotype.

Millions of dollars a year were spent on the training resulting in, well, nothing.

I could have told you this for a dollar. Anytime we focus on race, gender, or sexual preference we risk losing the individual to the label, which makes it easier to stereotype. Though, I am not entirely against the use of labels as they help us recall a frame of reference.

Honestly, the idea is ludicrous and unrealistically idealistic. Whether you agree with me or not, you will never forcefully indoctrinate or erase labels. Labels exist for a purpose, they help us identify groups of people either positively or negatively. People will always stereotype.

In other news; study finds people who buy organic foods are pretentious, elitist snobs. Again, I could have told you this for a dollar.

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  • Kim Whelan

    thank you… you are giving me multiple smiles (previous post of God’s Good Work) and now this hilarious video.  Perfect for a rainy Monday.  God Bless!

  • Andy_12345

    I concluded from our company’s required anti-harassment video that I needed to both pretend to not be aware of anyone’s race/sex/other category so that I treat them all the same, and at the same time be aware of every individual’s race/sex/other categories to make sure I’m not offending anyone when I act or speak. 

    I am supposed to be both aware and not-aware of everyone’s categorizations. The cognitive dissonance is bothersome to say the least.I could make a video for a lot less: “Treat everyone nice. Don’t be a jackass at work.” The end.

  • ladycygnus

    I remember going through sexual harassment training and the joke being that we were going to learn how to “officially sexually harass people.” In truth though, it was mostly a course on how to be offended by people being jerks and then how to be a jerk in return by getting them in trouble.

  • tj.nelson

    I buy organic produce…

    Just slumming while reading your blog.


  • Babs

    Funny about the organic stuff. Our family eats organic because one of my daughters is the incarnation of the princess from The Princess and the Pea. Anyway, we get it from the Amish, who are anything but snobbish. This is all to say perhaps it is the price tag of your produce rather than the source….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Holly-Fils-Aime-Murphy/1478329050 Holly Fils-Aime Murphy

    yeah, great article, duh…but on the organics. I feed my bi-racial and black kids organic ONLY, not because we are snobs, but because they behave better. There is scientific basis for this, but I don’t want you to think I was a proponent of “indoctrination mills” :o)

  • Sbb19

     Saw a guy on public access TY in AZ once lecturing on how everyone should have a diversity of friends. Not for shared interests or likeableness, Just to be diverse. Can you imagine?
    “Hi, I notice that you’re of East Asian extraction. My East Asian friend got a job in another state, so would you like to be my new East Asian friend?  And, are you transgendered or anything like that? ‘Cause that would be a two-fer!”

    On organics: if you grow them yourself, that’s double-plus good, right?

  • http://profiles.google.com/christinehebert65 Christine Hebert

    Regarding the chicken video: LOL!

  • Ollokot

    I once walked into Seattle’s U-District Whole Foods wearing an Operation Iraqi Freedom t-shirt. The looks I got were hardly tolerant, why wouldn’t these guardians of diversity be more affirming of my alternative lifestyle?