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(Civil War Chat) Six months ago Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin appointed Martin D. Brown as the state’s Chief Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion Officer. Last Friday Brown, who is African-American, made some revealing remarks about the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). As implemented under black Superintendent Cedric Wins, VMI’s concept of DEI replaces equality of opportunity for the individual with equality of outcome for groups collectively. By dictating outcome equality for groups distinguished by immutable characteristics such as sex and race, VMI claims to have adopted an anti-racist and anti-sexist policy. In truth, it has adopted an anti-merit philosophy that will inevitably lead to the destruction of a meritocracy.
In a speech last Friday at VMI, the Governor’s Diversity Officer Brown challenged VMI’s vison of DEI: “Let’s take a moment right now to kill that cow. DEI is dead. We’re not going to bring that cow up anymore. It’s dead. . . [T]his governor has a different philosophy of civil discourse, [and] civility—living the golden rule.” Such a philosophy is contrary to DEI’s …Winning at VMI | Civil War Chat