Cheryl Thompson has a salutary take on bromides about the “strength of diversity” that are jawboned from various bully pulpits.
Diversity is also tough, challenging and sometimes outright frustrating because it requires listening, being open to what you don’t know, and letting go of what you think you do.
(Cheryl Thompson, “Trudeau Survived. Now Stop Pretending Canada Is a Diverse Paradise,” NYTimes, 10-23 -19)
The gap between the affirming of diversity and the effort to realize its benefit reminds me of the contrast between tofu and jerky. Both have essential protein, but one slides down the throat with minimal investment while the other needs effortful chewing. Diversity must ever buck the tepid conviction of its adherents and the passionate intensity of its enemies.
(c) 2019 JMN