No, this isn’t downright stupid or anything.
Courtesy of the folks over at The Daily Caller, we have learned that Clemson University has gone all-in on diversity training for its professors, setting aside nearly $27,000 for related training materials.
That may be an eye-opener, in and of itself, for some people, but what has really left some aghast is just what sort of lessons this information seeks to impart.
To set the stage, note that the training materials, such as they are, consist of slides that show fictional scenarios designed to be instructive.
In one such scenario, a character by the name of “Alejandro” is coordinating a meeting between two groups of people. One group shows up on time, while the other is late, by 10 minutes. In each case, the group is comprised of various foreign college professors and students.
Now, per the slides, it would be wrong for Alejandro to “politely ask the second group to apologize” for being late. Instead, according to the $27,000 training materials, Alejandro needs to “recognize cultural differences that may impact the meeting and adjust accordingly,” and that he must be aware “that his cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.”
In other words, it would be racist for Alejandro…and any real-world Alejandro…to expect any foreign group members to show up on time; or, at the very least, it would be racist for Alejandro to be critical of their lateness.
This is the kind of lunacy that 27 thousand bucks buys at Clemson University.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large