Thursday, April 18, 2019

Doomed to mediocrity

The USA increasingly embraces the idea that group identity is more important than merit:
Millennials and Generation Z believe representation of all races and religions in the workplace is more important than hiring based on merit, according to a new survey.
Roughly half (51 percent) of Millennials (age 22-39) and Generation Z (age 18-21) said that 'fair representation of race, ethnicity and religion is paramount to creating the ideal workplace,' according to the poll of 2,002 Americans conducted by John Zogby Strategies.

By comparison, 48 percent of Generation X (age 40-54) and 42 percent of Baby Boomers (age 55-74) agreed with that statement. Just 15 percent of Generation Z and 32 percent of Millennials agreed with the statement that 'merit and competition supersede all, even if that results in a workplace that creates minimal diversity.'

Meanwhile, 37 percent of Generation X and 45 percent of Baby Boomers said that merit is more important than diversity.

'There are really two opposing schools, I guess you could say that there's one that's on the side of progressive ideology, whereas the other one is more in line with the way business was always run,' Jeremy Zogby, a partner in Zogby Strategies, told 'There is definitely a progressive slant in Millennials and Gen Z.'

Among all Americans, 47 percent prioritized diversity in workplace hiring, while 37 percent said merit should matter most.
Just as identity politics trump ideology politics, mediocrity trumps merit in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society. Welcome to life as the Third World has always known it.
This, however, is a trend that you need not accept. Pursue excellence even as you embrace your identity

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