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Worcester’s schools are underfunded. Our sidewalks blow. Our roads don’t get plowed. Oh yea, and we’re being sued by the ACLU for over $1 million to pay Tracy Novick’s legal bills for that time she sued the city to allow panhandlers to stand in traffic. You think that’s gonna stop Ed Augustus and Joe Petty from spending recklessly on things we don’t need? LOL. Think again. What Worcester really needs right now is a Chief Diversity Officer:
Obviously we need a Chief Diversity Officer because not enough people of color are getting jobs working for the city. This is because of racism. Everyone is racist. It’s literally the only thing holding back people of color as a whole. Racism. And the only cure for racism is a chief diversity officer who gets out there and fills quotas to make us look like we’re a progressive city on paper.
From the city’s website:
City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. announced today that he has selected Dr. Malika Carter as the City of Worcester’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Most recently the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at the University of North Dakota, Dr. Carter has more than 10 years’ experience developing policies and programs that will help Worcester meet its goals of being an inclusive and diverse city government. She will start work in February.
Thank God we spent all that money for a search committee to find the perfect candidate outside of Worcester. And I know when I think of diversity, the first state that comes to mind is North Dakota. What with their 0.6% black population, it’s pretty much as diverse as you get.
The Chief Diversity Officer position was established as part of an overarching strategy outlined by the City Manager to create a more diverse and inclusive approach to city government. While the City will always hire the most qualified candidate for a position, the Chief Diversity Officer will work to broaden the pool of candidates for city jobs to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented.
Wait….what? They’re going to hire the most qualified candidates, just like they’ve always supposedly done, but the difference this time is they’re gonna bring in more token minority candidates and give them sham interviews before hiring another white guy? Sounds like progress to me!!
“Being an increasingly diverse city, it’s important we recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve,” said City Manager Augustus. “I believe this position will be critical in making sure that happens.”
Looks like someone has bought into the “color blind is racist” nonsense. We have to “recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve?” What do you mean by that fast Eddie? Just come out and say it – you’re gonna create quotas to hire people of color so Jim McGovern will give you a diversity cookie. This is what I hate about Ed Augustus and people of his ilk. They’re too gutless to just come out and say it because they realize it will make them look like assholes.
The main duties of the position will include developing and monitoring recruiting, hiring, training, promoting and retaining strategies to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who work and volunteer for the City. Dr. Carter will also oversee the development and implementation of the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity and Inclusion Plan and making sure that the City is in compliance with all federal, state and local Equal Employment Opportunity laws. She will also serve as the administrative liaison to the newly restructured Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, formerly the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.
How many Goddamn committees do we need? How bout this – whoever shows up and applies for the job, we hire the best candidate. It’s just crazy enough to work. No need for Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committees, filled with empty suits collecting six figure salaries. Just hire the best person for the job, without giving any thought to the color of their skin, and move on.
Possessing a strong understanding of issues facing underrepresented populations, Dr. Carter has worked her entire career to build cultural competency, improve relations and collaboration among people of diverse backgrounds.
There it is – cultural competency. Lisa Dyer’s favorite entry level class about hurt feelings. As soon as you hear someone say “cultural competency” it’s code word for, “Here’s the updated list about what white people aren’t allowed to say anymore.”
Dr. Carter was selected after a lengthy and inclusive review process whereby candidates were evaluated by a newly developed rubric hiring system. The job description was created based on input from the City of Worcester Human Rights Commission, as well as the public.
Oh good, the Worcester Human Rights Commission was in charge of the hiring. This group is headed by Cara Berg-Powers the husband of a 500 pound man who has voluntarily cut his own testicles off, and makes up disgusting lies about his 2 year old daughter to try to make Turtleboy look bad.
Last March Cara Berg-Powers was walking through the supermarket and saw an adorable child in an “I Am Turtleboy” shirt, and quickly made a huge scene and berated the mother:
She then went on to tell me that she “works for various nonprofits and political groups in Worcester” (whatever that means…) and that she couldn’t believe that I was letting my daughters wear a shirt that represented the spreading of hate.
Oh yea, and if you wanna see what a full paragraph of pure bullshit and buzzwords sounds like, check out the new Chief Diversity Officer’s announcement about the new gig:
“I am excited to serve in the inaugural position of Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Worcester. Serving as the City’s executive level diversity and inclusion strategist, my role will be diverse. Tasks will include steering programs, activities and initiatives designed to foster a climate that respects pluralism and diversity – resulting in a trust-based inclusive environment where citizens feel connected. I pledge to continue building a diverse and inclusive atmosphere that allows all – regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability or other characteristics – to bring their whole selves to work and play in the Worcester community; so they can contribute their best. Let’s work together. I look forward to seeing you at the table of human interaction,” said Dr. Carter.
“Diverse.” “Inclusive.” Just say those words as many times as possible and you too can get a six figure job that the city clearly does not need. We said it this summer when the DOJ held a dumb meeting about the lack of racial representation in city government. If you want races to be equally represented, then people of all races need to get off their asses and apply for jobs. And if they’re too lazy to, then tough shit. But instead we are now paying someone to go find people who aren’t applying for jobs and give them fake interviews in order to get their hopes up. This is what Ed Augustus is doing to Worcester, Massachusetts.
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