In it Prof. Heriot describes the excruciating, but no doubt typical, “training course on sexual and other illegal workplace harassment” that the USD law school, complying with a requirement in California law, required her and other faculty members to endure. She summarizes what she learned under three headings:
- White Guys Can Be Scary.
- All Complaints Must be Treated Seriously. No jokes. No retaliation.
- Complaints Made by White Guys Don’t Count. Here Retaliation is Evidently Fine.
Read the whole thing to find out what comes under the above headings.
I confess: I was feeling quite pleased with myself as I read through the post, congratulating myself on the points I was about to score with Prof. Heriot when I shared with her my clever response to the politically correct polemical drivel presented in and by this course. And then I read her last paragraph, which punctured my balloon by making “my” point much better than I would have myself:
It occurred to me that this training course is itself a rather blatant form of racial and sexual harassment. Employees taking the course are not so subtly being told, “Do not dream of complaining about race or sex discrimination if you are white or male. Your employer will consider you to be ‘really out of line’ and your conduct ‘really offensive.’ This may have an career shortening effect.”
UPDATE [26 Dec.]
Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has expanded upon his excellent Comment below with a post on the CEI blog on the pitfalls of “diversity” training.
He points out, among other things, that
[m]ajor employers have paid out millions of dollars in discrimination claims because of diversity-training programs. One Fortune 500 company paid out tens of millions of dollars in response to a class-action racial discrimination suit by minority employees, which was fueled by remarks management employees made after undergoing mandatory diversity training…