Definitely putting Identity Capitalists: The Powerful Insiders Who Exploit Diversity to Maintain Inequality on my TBR list thanks to the compelling book recommendation from Stanford Social Innovation Review. In his SSIR review, Richard Thompson Ford discusses Nancy Leong's examination into the profit motives of diversity and inclusion strategies in the wake of the rising popularity of the Black Lives Matter movement.:
"With the growing popularity of Black Lives Matter, Black people are now in demand. Suddenly, and in the name of “diversity and inclusion,” Black models appear in the advertising of every major retail store and fashion designer—even those who have built an image around an exclusive white or European pedigree. Fortune 100 firms, fine arts institutions, high-society philanthropic organizations, and elite universities have rushed to create racial justice and equity initiatives, which for practical and symbolic reasons require the participation of people of color. As a result, people of color have been invited to join selective institutions in unprecedented numbers.
Is this what progress looks like? Or is there something vaguely unsettling about this rush for diversity? These concerns animate Nancy Leong’s new book, Identity Capitalists: The Powerful Insiders Who Exploit Diversity to Maintain Inequality. The push for diversity and inclusion, Leong insists, is corrupt because it is driven not by the selfless quest for justice but by the ruthless logic of market exchange."
Read the entirety of Peddling Diversity, the SSIR book review at: https://ssir.org/books/reviews/entry/peddling_diversity
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