Diversity Is Strength! It`s Also… A “Powerful Coterie” Of Larcenous Lesbians
In recent years in America, the word "Diversity"
has come to be treated with the respect and deference
once reserved for Motherhood and Apple Pie.
Yet many of the loudest and most celebrated
spokespersons for diversity have flagrant financial
conflicts of interest. They are clearly promoting
affirmative action to line their own pockets. But nobody
is supposed to mention it.
Consider the report
Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential
of Women in Academic Science and Engineering issued
by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and
Medicine. It`s a response to former Harvard President
Lawrence Summers` politically-incorrect January 2005
remarks on why, at the highest levels of academia,
there are more male than female mathematicians,
physicists, and engineers.
And still Summers was forced out.
(Besides the notorious sex differences
brouhaha, however, there was one little-reported but
more legitimate reason for the faculty`s anger: a
scandal in which Summers cost Harvard tens of
millions of dollars in fines and legal fees by trying to
shield his best friend, prominent economist
Andrei Shleifer, from punishment for financial
malfeasance while representing Harvard in Moscow during
the 1990s looting of Russia.)
In science, the judgments are subjective, every step
of the way. … Who should get promoted to tenure? These
decisions are not based on clear and objective criteria…
PINKER: But that makes the wrong
prediction: the harder the science, the greater the
participation of women! We find exactly the opposite:
it`s the most subjective fields within academia — the
social sciences, the humanities, the
helping professions — that have the greatest
representation of women. [My February 2005
American Conservative article "
Education of Larry Summers" quantified this.]
This follows exactly from the choices that women express
in what gives them satisfaction in life. But it goes in
the opposite direction to the prediction you made about
the role of objective criteria in bringing about gender
equity. Surely it`s physics, and not, say, sociology,
that has the more objective criteria for success.
Unable to come up with a reply, Spelke
changed the subject.
So, was Pinker, the knockout victor in the debate, put on the 18 person
panel by the National Academy?
No – Ms. Spelke was.
17 of the 18 panelists who wrote the report
dismissing Summers` logic, blaming discrimination for
disparities, and demanding more hiring preferences for
women were … women.
John Tierney wrote in the New York Times:
"But—call me naive—I
never thought the Academy was cynical enough to publish
a political tract like `Beyond Bias and Barriers,` the
new report on discrimination against female scientists
and engineers. This is the kind of science you expect to
The Onion: `Academy Forms Committee to Study
Gender Discrimination, Bars Men from Participating.`"
of PC Science, September 29, 2006)
And, almost all the participants, led by former Clinton
Administration cabinet secretary Donna Shalala, who is
President of the University of Miami and would
presumably like to move up to a more prestigious
institution, were female academics themselves.
Thus they stand to benefit financially if their own call
to action is implemented.
In contrast, the leading female social scientists who
have actually researched the relevant sex differences in
cognition — such as
Camilla P. Benbow,
Judith S. Kleinfeld,
Patti Hausman, and
Linda Gottfredson — were not put on the panel. They
know too much and are too honest.
This shameless feminist cabal likely assumed they could
get away with it because men would feel it`s not
gentlemanly to point out ladies` ethical lapses.
But I guess I`m not a gentleman.
The New York Times reported something
particularly striking: that the "report was dedicated
to another panelist, Denice Denton…"[
Is Hurting Women in Science, Panel Reports , By
Cornelia Dean, September 19, 2006]
a supposedly scientific report to anybody seems a little
odd. But, then, there is much that is odd, yet
instructively representative, about the life and
extraordinary death of Denice Denton.
Denton had won national praise for standing up after
Summers gave his talk and (in her own words) daring to
truth to power".
It then turned out, however, that Denton wasn`t exactly
powerless herself. She was UC Santa Cruz`s
chancellor-designate at $275,000 per annum.
She had just been hired away from the University of
Washington, where as dean of engineering she had
strongly favored "ethnic minorities, gays and
lesbians, immigrants, international students and
faculty" — in other words, everybody except
the single largest group of engineering students under
her control: straight white males. Toward their
welfare she exhibited a tender regard reminiscent of
Trotsky and Stalin for Ukrainian peasants.
Denton turned her UC Santa Cruz investiture ceremony
into a two-day marathon on the theme of "
Excellence Through Diversity" which featured
"inspiration and perspectives from
Angela Davis, Professor, History of Consciousness".
Inaugural Address sounded almost like self-parody:
"What is diversity? I
believe that diversity encompasses ethnicity, race,
gender, gender identification, sexual orientation,
culture, religion, academic discipline, class,
ability/disability, nation of origin, diversity of
perspective, age, socioeconomic status, and any other
aspect of difference that characterizes humanity."
(Hey, how about handedness? How come lefthanders, who
have to struggle with scissors designed for the uncaring
majority, merely get lumped into the miscellaneous forms
of diversity at the end? That is so insensitive.)
Yet, being a fiery leftist didn`t stop Denton from
cashing in. Tanya Schevitz reported in the San
Francisco Chronicle (January 20, 2005) on how Denton
played the game:
"The University of
California has quietly created a new $192,000 management
position for the longtime partner of the incoming
chancellor at UC Santa Cruz.
"Gretchen Kalonji …
has been hired as director of international strategy
development in the UC Office of the President in
"According to UC
President Robert Dynes, Kalonji`s hiring was part of the
recruitment package offered to her partner of seven
years, Denice Dee Denton, an engineer who was appointed
last December as the new chancellor of UC Santa Cruz.
Denton will start in February and will receive a salary
of $275,000 and a moving allowance of $68,750.
"In addition to
Kalonji`s $192,000 annual salary, UC will provide her
with the usual faculty housing assistance allowance of
up to $50,000 to help with her transition to California
and UC and pay her moving expenses. It is a substantial
increase from her $134,424 salary at the University of
Denton then had the university spend lavishly on the
home provided for her. The Chronicle reported:
"Before she moved into
her university-provided house on campus in 2005, she
asked for dozens of improvements — everything from a
new fence for her dogs to new wiring, speakers,
amplifier and CD player for a built-in sound system,
according to university documents. In all, a $600,000
upgrade was made to the home, though it is not clear how
many of the improvements were at Denton`s request." [UC
Santa Cruz chancellor jumps to her death in S.F.
, By Cecilia M. Vega and Jaxon VanDerbeken, June 24, 2006]
The dog run for her two border collies cost $30,000.
Denton and Kalonji had a powerful defender in the woman
scientist who had previously headed UC Santa Cruz.
M.R.C. Greenwood played the gender card in praising
the college`s two-for-the-price-of-three deal: UCSC
"should be commended for attracting and hiring two very
qualified female engineers".
lesbian blogger at UCSC
[Greenwood] is also
a lesbian, and was out when she was a Dean at UC Davis.
But although everyone knew it, no one ever reported in
the press that she was a lesbian."
Greenwood herself had just moved up to the number two
position in the entire University of California system,
provost, at $380,000 per year, almost $100,000 more than
the man she replaced.
Moreover, Greenwood had quietly brought with her from
Santa Cruz a female scientist friend named
Lynda Goff, with whom the new provost secretly owned
property, to fill the novel post of "
Faculty Associate to the Provost", with a salary
Are you noticing a pattern here – involving female UC
honchos and $192k salaries for their close personal
Eventually, Greenwood was forced to
resign over the ethical improprieties of the post
for Goff and the job that she had procured at UC Merced
for her son from a failed marriage.
In November 2005, the managing editor of the Santa
Cruz Sentinel, Don Miller, wrote about the scandals
surrounding Greenwood and Denton, and concluded:
"It also adds fuel to
the fire of complaints by faculty and students of a
highly paid `elite` at UC and to the whisper campaign
that what is seen by some as a powerful coterie of
lesbians has gained power and influence within the
UC system." [Don
Miller: Strange days and ancient forebodings,
November 5, 2005]
For mentioning the
L-word, Miller was of course forced to issue a
retraction. Which (of course) still wasn`t good enough
for the diversicrats, so, according to
Metroactive.com, a local alternative paper,
"As a result of the
Nov. 14 discussion, the Sentinel agreed to run
opinion pieces written by community members to address
diversity issues, as well as a full `Reflections on the
[of Denton]` page.
Oh yes, and they also agreed to continue diversity
training, even though one Sentinel publisher in
attendance tellingly whined that `we`ve already sat
through diversity training.`"
Ironically, once in office, Denton was repeatedly
harassed by student protestors even farther to the left.
A UCSC staffer
radical activist community saw two things about
Denton: her skin color, and her title."
Despite Denton`s endless harping on diversity and on her
lesbianism, to the demonstrators she was just another
evil white person.
On June 24, 2006, UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Denice
Denton, age 46, depressed by professional and personal
woes, climbed to the roof of her lesbian lover`s luxury
42-story apartment building
and leapt to her death.
It`s a sad story – but highly instructive about the type
of person that the cult of diversity puts into power
[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and