If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, "diversity" should be recognized as the undisputed world champion.
You don't need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, to rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity. The very idea of testing this wonderful, magical word against something as ugly as reality seems almost sordid.
To ask whether institutions that promote diversity end up with better or worse relations between the races than institutions that pay no attention to it is only to get yourself regarded as a bad person.
To cite evidence that places obsessed with diversity have worse race relations is to risk getting yourself labeled an incorrigible racist. Free thinking is not free.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government has a "compelling interest" in promoting diversity - apparently more compelling than the 14th Amendment's requirement of "equal protection" of the law for everybody.
How does a racially homogeneous country like Japan manage to have high-quality education, without diversity, for which there is supposedly a "compelling" need?
Conversely, why does India, one of the most diverse nations on Earth, have a record of intolerance and lethal violence today that is worse than in the Jim Crow South?
To ask such questions is to provoke charges of motives too low to be dignified with an answer. Not that the true believers in diversity could answer anyway.
The runner-up to "diversity" as the top word for making thought obsolete is "fair."
Apparently everyone is entitled to a "fair share" of a society's prosperity, whether they worked 16-hour days to help create that prosperity or did nothing more than live off the taxpayers or depend on begging or crime to bring in a few bucks.
Apparently we owe them something just for gracing us with their presence, even if we feel that we could do without them quite well.
At the other end of the income scale, the rich are supposed to pay their "fair share" of taxes.