Today the CalPers board considered the widely implemented Diversity & Inclusion Report and Framework. CalPers is a massive agency for California employees, retirees and their families and manages the largest pension fund in the United States. I was asked by one of the CalPers members to address the board on this pressing issue.
Here are my prepared remarks:
My name is P. Andrew Sandlin, and I am founder and president of the Center for Cultural Leadership in Coulterville, California. I hold degrees in English, history, political science, and systematic and historical theology.
I hope you won’t mind a contrarian viewpoint.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and the Diversity & Inclusion Report and Framework (statement linked above) incorporate widely attested Critical Race Theory whose root is Cultural (Western) Marxism. All of us deplore racism, for example, but Critical Race Theory instigates hostility between races at a time when we should be working toward racial harmony and understanding. The same is true of sexual preferentialism and its affirmative action.
Moreover, this program will alienate many hard-working Americans among your constituents, Christians, and others who believe in equality under the law, fair play, free speech, and equal rights. The attempt to create special preferences for special groups is a revitalization of the old classically Marxist idea of class consciousness, today known as identity politics.
CalPERS should recognize the equality of all members and not attempt to privilege some and (unintentionally) deprivilege others.
DEI will undermine the ideals of fairness, objectivity, and fair play and could alienate a sizable portion of your constituency.
We live in a time when new and dangerous ideologies are overtaking the elite reaches of our society and as they filter down, they are bringing great harm to our common, hard-working citizens and their families. DEI is a prime example of this ideological poison.
Bias is always a danger, but coercive preferentialism is perhaps the worst bias of all.
I urge you to bypass this proposal and, instead, work toward a truly fair approach toward all.
We need fresh, innovative thinking, not a rehash of old, discredited Marxism.