James Lindsay is one of the authors of the Sokal Squared hoax of grievance study journals. He now operates a site called New Discourses which is entirely devoted to criticizing woke politics. Yesterday he published a piece about why organizations and institutions should think twice before inviting diversity trainers inside. Lindsay has argued at length about this in various places but the basic point is this: The goal of woke diversity trainers is to make your organization either submit or collapse and they don’t much care which.
“Diversity” training using Critical Race Theory and Critical Social Justice (henceforth: “diversity” training) is designed to create exactly the kinds of divisions and problems in an organization that will generate conflict and hostile working or learning environments. (Expect lawsuits, eventually.) “Diversity” training using these Theories is designed to create the necessary conditions where conflict and a broken organizational culture will be the eventual result, like night follows day. Put more simply, “diversity” training is designed to create conditions for hostility, discomfort, polarization, conflict, and collapse in the institutions that use them.
Lindsay then lays out the way in which this works. A hard core of diversity trainers, from outside or inside the organization, shows up and seeks to normalize the ideas and language of Critical Social Justice. They create a group that sympathizes with them and their goals. At the same time, the trainers inform everyone that disinterest in social justice is in fact hostility to it. Silence is violence. You can only choose to be racist or anti-racist.