Kudos to the Heritage Foundation workers who pinned down crystal-clear evidence of ugly bias among those pushing “diversity, equity and inclusion,” or DEI.
Specifically, proof that US university DEI staffers are overwhelmingly anti-Israel — and pro the government of China.
They identified 741 DEI officials at 65 different campuses, then examined each one’s Twitter feed for statements on Israel and China.
As the report summarizes, 96 percent were critical of Israel, with 605 tweets that bashed the Jewish state vs. just 28 that praised it. Meanwhile, China — a vastly larger nation with far greater impact on world affairs and a terrible human-rights record — got 133 positive tweets against 83 negative ones.
“The overwhelming pattern is that DEI staff at universities pay a disproportionately high amount of attention to Israel and nearly always attack Israel,” the researchers note.
DEI staffers’ supposed purpose is to combat bias and create campus safe spaces for students. In reality, they obsessively push (and impose) progressive dogma: not just critical-race-theory nonsense but all leftist orthodoxy, including hostility toward Israel.
Per one tweet from an assistant director of an Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity: “No apology for a pro-apartheid Zionist organization holding a reception? I guess there’s no justice for Queer Palestinians here.” (The left loves to pretend Israel is just like the old South Africa and that Zionism is racism.) No concern for being “inclusive” of the school’s Jewish students there.
And of course anti-Israel attitudes regularly go with outright hatred of Jews. Notably, anti-Semitic attacks have skyrocketed on many campuses. The 2020-2021 school year, for example, saw at least 244 reported anti-Semitic attacks, up from 181 the year before. But that’s irrelevant to the DEI worldview.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are all fine things, but DEI officialdom is typically about a very different agenda. The consultants and bureaucrats paid to push DEI across America — and in plenty of K-12 schools, not only on campuses — are far worse than just a waste of money.
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