In much of America, bigotry passes tests as winning strategy
Larry Hanover

And then there’s Seth Grossman to prove that even the most blatant bigotry resonates with Republicans. In a video filmed by American Bridge to the 21st Century, a Washington-based political action committee that monitors Republicans, Grossman called diversity “an excuse by Democrats, communists, and socialists, basically, to say that we’re not all created equal; that some people, if somebody is lesser qualified, they will get a job anyway, or they’ll get into college anyway, because of the tribe that they’re with, what group, what box they fit into.”

I think we agree that that is gross stupidity. Sounds a bit paranoid, actually.

And then Grossman doubled down. “I said it,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer when given a chance to explain himself. “I believe in America that each individual should be judged on nothing but his or her talent, character and hard work.

Well, that’s actually *not* gross stupidity; it’s a perfect expression of what has always been core American values.

I’m rejecting the whole premise of diversity as a virtue.”

Well, we desire diversity because it brings a broad mix of ideas to situations; we believe therefore it leads to better problem solving. So, diversity has a utilitarian purpose.

It’s *not* really a virtue.