LETTER: Diversity training not the answer

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 1:30 p.m. CST; updated 7:35 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Editor's note: In a recent Today's Question column, we asked: "Should MU implement more diversity training?" This letter is a response to that question.

More diversity training? Why does "diversity training" sound like "thought police" to me?

Now, before jumping to a conclusion, permit me to say that it is a good thing to value one's individuality and ethnic background. On the reverse side of the coin, when too much diversity divides our society into cliques, each with their own agenda, it is no longer a viable organism.

President Lincoln said it: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

So, when people start talking about revenge for an insult because of hurt feelings, nobody wins.

True, words or actions, which are harmful to someone else, have no place in a freedom-loving nation; however, we cannot go around tiptoeing on eggshells every waking moment of the day.

If someone behaves in a bad manner, it is counterproductive to stoop to his or her level. Just get on with your own life.

Gary M. Greenlee lives in Columbia.

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Paul Allaire February 16, 2011 | 7:59 p.m.

Criticize things you don't know about.

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Greg Allen February 19, 2011 | 7:37 a.m.

"Why does "diversity training" sound like "thought police" to me?"

Good question. What answer did you come up with?

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