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Virginia’s Chief Diversity Officer Martin Brown, while speaking at a mandatory training session at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), opened the session in prayer and then bashed the idea of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
VMI recorded the speech and made it available to Washington Post reporter Ian Shapira.
“Let’s take a moment to kill that cow right now: DEI is dead,” Martin said during the April 21 speech. “We’re not going to bring that cow up anymore. It’s dead. It was mandated by the General Assembly, but this governor has a different philosophy of civil discourse, civility, treating — living the golden rule, right?”
Brown serves as Director of the Office of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion under Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. In most states the office has “equity” in its name rather than “opportunity,” but the state of Virginia changed the word to make it more descriptive of the office.
“It’s proven that institutions achieve more with a more diverse and inclusive workforce,” Brown said. “However, equity has become a tradeoff for excellence. Our aim is to expand opportunities but not guarantee equal results.”
VMI, according to the Daily Mail, established its DEI office under Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam after he ordered a probe into reports of widespread racism followed by a VMI board vote to remove a confederate statue from its campus.
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