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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

US Culture Becomes More Absurd By The Day

This one is from the "you couldn't make this stuff up" category and is so absurd that I've been diligently waiting for Snopes to say it's a hoax but as of right now, it seem to be legitimate.

The first part of the story is straightforward - nothing unusual here:
Apple’s first-ever vice president of diversity and inclusion, Denise Young Smith, is leaving Apple at the end of this year, TechCrunch has learned. Young Smith, who has only been in the position since May of this year, previously served as Apple’s head of worldwide human resources for three years.
So why did she leave? Perhaps because Ms. Young Smith, a black woman, made an interesting comment at the One Young World Summit earlier this year:
... there can be 12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room and they are going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.
I'm neither blue-eyed, nor blonde, but I can't say that I disagree with that, at least not strongly.

Nonetheless, Apple and Ms. Young Smith have parted ways, perhaps because a diversity and inclusion expert really ought not say such things in this day and age. Here's the funny take on it (by a black columnist, in case that matters):
I am not saying that God, the universe, RihannayoncĂ© or whoever you worship as a higher power is petty, but in one of the most hilarious twists of fate ever, Apple’s vice president of inclusion and diversity, Denise Young Smith, who once whitesplained how hiring 12 white, blond, blue-eyed men could actually be seen as promoting diversity, has been replaced.
By a blond, blue-eyed white woman.
:-)

10 comments:

Peter said...

Ah, c'mon, you guys have been whining about affirmative action for years. Don't you think preferential hiring for white people in diversity offices proves it's not inherently racist?

The irony here is that it's not just conservatives who shake their heads at this madness. I imagine Bernie Sanders is banging his head against a wall somewhere. The looming battle on the left between the economic equality gang and the identity politics brigade is being postponed by the non-stop focus on Trump ("Did you hear what he did today? Will it never end?"), but it will have to come sometime. These oh-so-politically-correct Silicon Valley corporations like Apple and Facebook know exactly what they are doing and where their interests lie. They'll fire an employee for a politically incorrect tweet and change their bathroom policies at the drop of a hat, but they'll spend millions on high-priced lawyers to rip off the taxman and squeeze out any competition.

Clovis e Adri said...

Isn't AOG working for Apple these days? I bet he's having lots of fun.

erp said...

I didn't know aog was working at Apple. Good for him. I hope he's making lots of money and staying out of reasoned political discourse. :-)

Hey Skipper said...

I'm neither blue-eyed, nor blonde, but I can't say that I disagree with that, at least not strongly.

Yeah, but with sunglasses on, you kind of have a pirate thing going on.

Not that pirates had sunglasses, but we'll leave that to the continuity people to figure out.

Isn't AOG working for Apple these days?

The last I heard, AOG had given up his own IT security business and gone to work for Apple.

Bret said...

Hey Skipper wrote: "AOG had given up his own IT security business and gone to work for Apple."

Hmmm. That might explain why he doesn't participate here anymore. Many of his comments would've gotten him fired from Apple in short order if they were discovered. :-)

erp said...

Bret, the same thing crossed my mind about aog's abrupt departure. I wonder if he could delete all his old comments? If anyone could, it would be he. Very smart guy.

Hey Skipper said...

Last time I checked, Thought Mesh was intact.

And never used his actual name.

Clovis e Adri said...

I wonder if life inside Apple is changing AOG's thoughts. Maybe he doesn't comment here anymore because he no longers believe what he once believed.

I can see AOG now identifying as woman and voting Democratic.


Or at least that's a very funny image to me :-)

Bret said...

Clovis wrote: "I can see AOG now identifying as woman and voting Democratic. "

That's the hardest I've laughed in a very long time!

erp said...

aog wearing a dress -- improbable, but voting for Hillary -- unthinkable.