U-N-I-T-Y: Diverse ways of viewing diversity

Raynard Jackson | 2/23/2014, 6:59 a.m.

(NNPA) – Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made some comments a couple of weeks ago about not caring about “diversity” in Hollywood, especially in the area of comedy, and set off some very heated conversations across the country.

Seinfeld was on CBS This Morning being interviewed about his Internet-based show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Seinfeld has been criticized in the past, as he is now, for having no minorities on his hit television show Seinfeld. When asked about this by the reporter from CBS, Seinfeld said, “People think it’s the Census or something? This has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that … It’s more about P.C. nonsense than are you making us laugh or not?”

I happen to agree with Seinfeld. I have never watched his television show nor have I watched his webcasts. He has absolutely no obligation to have a diverse cast on any of his projects. If that really bothers you, then why do you watch his shows? It’s called choice. Turn him off and tune him out.

Maybe, just maybe, you are not his intended viewer. Have you ever thought about that? I don’t support diversity for the sake of diversity.

The rap group, N.W.A has no Whites in it; should they be required to have at least one White person in the group? The Delta’s have no men in their sorority; should they be required to just for the sake of diversity?

If you want diversity, then it must be sought across the board. But who determines what is diversity and how do you know when you have enough?

America, as a nation, has yet to come to grips with its diversity. Unfortunately, far too many view our diversity as a liability – as seen by the reaction to the interracial Cheerios television ad that ran during the Super Bowl.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Whites are 72 percent of the U.S. population, Hispanics are 15 percent, and Blacks are 13 percent. For the first time in American history, the White death rate outnumbered White births in 2012. This trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

So, this continued march toward diversity will only become more pronounced. How that will be reflected in our society is an open question.

The Census Bureau projects that Whites in the U.S. will become the minority within three decades. What will be the impact on America when this happens? What will be the legal definition of minority? Will it be Whites who will be making demands of us – the newly constituted majority?

The winds of change cannot be stopped or slowed. Diversity can and should be embraced. Globalism has shrunk the world. World travel is more affordable than ever before. More Americans should take the opportunity to visit a foreign country this year.