Diversity for diversity's sake is bullshit. Hire the right people for the job, not because of their skin color or sex.
...[W]e should hire based on merit, and not gender.
Friend, I'll be honest: Every time I hear this phrase uttered anew, my brain explodes. The unfortunate — and unintended, I know! — insinuation being made here is that "merit" and "gender" (or "race," or "sexual orientation" or whatever) are somehow mutually exclusive. Yikes! Instead of letting people own their personal achievements, we perhaps suspect them of being hired according to some mysterious "quota." Yikes again!
No one is saying "hire a woman instead of a competent, qualified person." Yikes, yikes, yikes!
- Jenn Frank, The Rolodex
Except that IS what your saying my implying that Dan was only hired for being a white male. And guess what? "Letting people own their personal achievements" would be a lot easier if it wasn't for people advocating 'positive' discrimination in academia and industry.