Friday, August 07, 2015

Diversity and Delmar 2015

Diversity is a one way street -  in the media it means you do not have a enough Blacks, Hispanics LGBT (or what ever those initials are)  etc employed in your organization.   Rarely do you heard about diversity when it goes the other way.  I recently was skimming an article in USA Today about the lack of diversity in the US Navy Seals. 
Black officers and enlisted troops are scarce in some special operations units in highest demand, according to data provided by the Pentagon to USA TODAY. For instance, eight of 753 SEAL officers are black, or 1%.

Diversity erodes with the breakdown from enlisted to officer ranks. Blacks make up 18.5% of the enlisted troops but only 9.4% of the officer corps
Now I agree with what Mike Huckabee said on last night’s debates;

The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things. It’s not to transform the culture by trying out some ideas that some people think would make us a different country and more diverse.”
I do not agree with the rest of his outlook on the use of force but that is not the point of this post.

Diversity is something I have been hearing about since the 1960’s.  Over the years Blacks have advanced in all areas of business and government, which brings me to the point of this post.  With the hiring of Ivan Barkley as Chief of Police, Delmar now has all the management positions in the town government fill by a Black person.   The Town Manager, The Public Works Director, the Wastewater Treatment Supervisor and now the Chief of Police.  Yet you hear no outcry of Diversity - Diversity - Diversity – would you have heard it if all the positions were filled by Whites – of course you would.  Delmar Delaware has a Black population of about 17%.  Like I said Diversity is a one way street.



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