When Whites Are the Minority by 2050, Will There Be Real Changes?
Question: In a previous question you talked about whites being a minority in 2050. Will there be a redistribution of wealth and power by 2050 so that there is equitable wealth and power among all groups? Or is the issue of diversity management in 2050 really about the white minority managing a non-white majority?
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In a previous question you talked about whites being a minority in 2050. Will there be a redistribution of wealth and power by 2050 so that there is equitable wealth and power among all groups? Or is the issue of diversity management in 2050 really about the white minority managing a non-white majority?
In my opinion, the gaps in education, household income, professional achievement, etc. between people of color and white people will continue to close under market forces. For example, people of color are achieving high-school and college degrees at a faster growth rate than their representative growth in the population.
However, this organic growth will not redress past wrongs (such as slavery, the Chinese Exclusionary Act, the current state of 12 million undocumented workers, red lining, etc.)
Although it is counterintuitive to many people, I feel the case can be made that not actively redressing past wrongs is detrimental to all Americans. For example, black households have one-tenth the wealth of white households. If society enabled black households to catch up, it would be equivalent to injecting the entire GDP of Japan into our economy. Although blacks would certainly benefit, the majority of people benefiting from this enormous injection of capital into our economy would logically be white, as white people are the majority. In my opinion, the superior stock performance of our Top 50 list is a good indication that my theory is correct (expressed as a stock index, the Top 50 beat the S&P 500, Nasdaq and DJIA on a 10-, five- and one-year basis).
This is the business case for affirmative action and reparations. Unfortunately, I do not see the courage in our current politicians to have an honest discussion around fulfilling General Tecumseh Sherman's General Field Order Number 45.
In my opinion, managing diversity in 2050 will have the same foundation as managing diversity in 2006. Strategic diversity management is about creating a culture of true meritocracy that allows talent to rise to its appropriate level--regardless of race, age, culture, disability, gender, orientation or other factors that make us human. As a part of outstanding diversity management, pipelines to aid education are a critical factor in developing sustainability. We see this already being done by many of the progressive companies in The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity.
There may be a delay between white people becoming the minority in the general population and also becoming the minority in corporate management--but perhaps not. I think global competition, the rapid growth of BRIC economies as well as the dramatically lower barriers to talent flow facilitated by technology will change the corporate competitive landscape much more rapidly than most people think it will.
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And his draft-dodging boss needs to put his juvenile visions of military dictatorship out of his head.
There have been many disturbing days over the past year. I found yesterday to be particularly troubling. Chief of Staff John Kelly called people who had not already signed up for DACA to be "too lazy to get off their asses."
Our journalist, Kaitlyn D'Onofrio, wrote a very good story about this.
I was emotionally rocked to learn from her article that it costs $495 to sign up for DACA. I didn't know.
I think there are times in most people's lives where $495 is simply a bridge too far. Can you imagine being in another country, brought there as a child, without documents? What kind of job would you have? How much money would you have in your pocket? Not being able to open a bank account — having to hide your little savings someplace while you work at your menial job. $495 is a HUGE amount of money.
I'm embarrassed that I didn't know about the application fee. The chief of staff for the president of the United States has no excuse, especially when he's going to be a racist and demean an entire group of people that lives among us. There are days when I feel embarrassed to be an American.
Aside from this debacle yesterday, draft-dodging Trump also told our military he wants a grand military parade. (Trump is also known as Cadet Bone Spurs, a great nickname coined by former assault helicopter pilot Sen. Tammy Duckworth.)
The founders of this country were against a standing army — James Madison: "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people."
This was on his mind because our country had just beaten the global superpower (England). Here is our Third Amendment: "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."
Why was this the Third Amendment? The British would kick your door in, throw you out on the street and put their troops in your house, anytime they felt like it.
I have served our military, in several capacities, for most of my adult life. I think a military parade in Washington, other than to celebrate the end of a war, is anti-American; Trump is either talking out of ignorance or simply lying about the strength of our military. At one-third the size it currently is, it would still be the planet's largest military by far. His focus on nuclear weapons makes me believe that unilateral nuclear disarmament is the only safe way for our planet to proceed.
If Donald J. Trump doesn't make you a believer in that philosophy, you're not paying attention. Most people aren't. Let's face it, we can't intimidate a backwards hermitage nation with 1/1200th of our GDP. Something is seriously wrong with our leadership and how we're spending money.
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