Careful with these #MeToo Movements
Recently, I was trying in all earnest to learn as much about the #MeToo movement as possible. I believe it is of integrity and respect for one to learn as much about whatever movements as possible. First, any group that is divided by their gender, race, or unspecified determinant in order to assemble and pronounce a movement ought to be listened too or heard. Secondly, whether we want to or not, we are going to hear about the movement, albeit, in a civil and professional environment.
Heather Mac Donald, of the Manhattan Institute, has laid out what she refers to as “The Negative Impact of the #MeToo Movement” and I was fortunate enough to acquire a transcript of a speech she gave at Hillsdale College while serving a two-week teaching residency as a Pullman Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Journalism.
“Our nation is about to be transformed, thanks to the #MeToo movement. I am not speaking about a cessation of sexual predation in the workplace. If that were the only consequence of #MeToo, the movement would clearly be a force for good. Unfortunately, its effects are going to be more sweeping and destructive. #MeToo is going to unleash a new torrent of gender and race quotas throughout the economy and culture, on the theory that all disparities in employment and institutional representation are due to harassment and bias. (I wish I could agree.) She continues, ‘the resulting distortions of decision-making will be largely invisible; we will usually not know of the superior candidates for a job who were passed over in the drive for gender parity. But the net consequence will be a loss of American competitiveness and scientific achievement.’”
Please believe that I do support Ms. Mac Donald in just about every submission she makes. However, before I continue with her speech which is loaded, I would like to make a few observations that I have accumulated thus far.
I do agree with her assessment of the impact that this movement will have on society. I do not see and/or imagine this movement to be completely positive. There will be devastating consequences for sure, by its very nature. First and foremost, I agree with the torrent of gender and race quotas coming from bias. Furthermore, as she states, we will never know who the superior candidates honestly were. I believe this will be the “coming undone” of the movement.
Is there anyone else out there who are thinking of the sheer distinction between the numbers? If one were to look at and examine the percentage growth gains of those expected to be the recipients of this windfall including but not limited to immigrants, illegal immigrants, gender disparity claimants, and consider this with racial quotas and pure gender quotas?
Tomorrow we look to make our delve into the overbearing Hollywood and other show business claims.