NewsElon Musk Declares 'DEI Must Die'

Elon Musk Declares ‘DEI Must Die’

Musk’s comments on DEI also come as the EEOC is suing Tesla Inc., which Musk owns, over concerns raised by its employees of widespread racial harassment.

Elon Musk communicated what appears to be behind the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion backlash in business, higher education, and other sectors of American society in a post to Twitter/X, which he owns.

According to Yahoo, Musk said in a Dec. 15 post, “DEI must DIE. The point was to end discrimination, not replace it with different discrimination.” Musk’s sentiments align with the recent efforts of conservatives to eliminate DEI positions in higher education, including a recent announcement that the University of Oklahoma would be complying with an executive order issued by the state’s governor, Kevin Stitt, that eliminated all diversity, equity, and inclusion offices at the state’s public universities. 

In an op-ed for Time Magazine, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, discussed at length the attempts of the chorus of conservative voices to silence DEI, writing “Under the guise of a commitment to a classical liberal education, right-wing critics are pursuing illiberal ends that deny the value of diversity all together. They ignore or downplay the history of exclusion that has defined much of the history of places like Princeton, Harvard, or Yale. For them, meritocracy alone resolves historical inequity.” 

DEI must DIE.The point was to end discrimination, not replace it with different discrimination.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2023

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” are propaganda words for racism, sexism and other -isms.This is just as morally wrong as any other racism and sexism. Changing the target class doesn’t make it right!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2023

According to the press release, the EEOC is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and back pay for the workers as well as an injunction aimed at forcing Tesla to change its practices so this kind of discrimination does not happen again. 

According to the DDI report, “In organizations where HR reported that they have a high-quality DEI program, there was a significantly higher percentage of women leaders at every level. The impact on minorities is even greater, as companies with high-quality DEI programs have nearly double the percentage of leaders from minority racial and ethnic backgrounds. Furthermore, these companies have nearly triple the rate of minority leaders in their high-potential programs.”

RELATED CONTENT: CBC Demands Corporate America To Fulfill Promised DEI Efforts To Close The Racial Wealth Gap

Source: Black Enterprise

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