Apple VP is forced to apologize — for saying an OBVIOUS truth about diversity

Apple’s diversity VP Denise Young Smith has been forced to apologize for a comment she made about diversity — in which she did nothing more than make an obvious observation.

“Diversity is the human experience,” she said at the One Young World Summit in Columbia. “I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term “diversity” is tagged to people of color, or women, or LGBT.”

She continued: “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse, too, because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,” she said.

Well — duh?

The fact that such an observation could be considered even remotely controversial is a reminder that the moral busybodies on the Left don’t actually care about true diversity. 

As Charlie Kirk once put it, it seems like nowadays “diversity” means a world in which everyone looks different and thinks the same way — and Kirk may even be giving them a bit too much credit.

We’re at the point where I think a Leftist would claim a room full of black people is more diverse than a room full of white people, when in reality they’re equally “diverse.”

Now, what exactly does Smith have to apologize for?

God knows, but she issued one following the backlash. According to Quartz, she wrote this email to colleagues:

I have always been proud to work for Apple in large part because of our steadfast commitment to creating an inclusive culture. We are also committed to having the most diverse workforce, and our work in this area has never been more important. In fact, I have dedicated my twenty years at Apple to fostering and promoting opportunity and access for women, people of color and the under-served and unheard.

Last week, while attending a summit in Bogota, I made some comments as part of a conversation on the many factors that contribute to diversity and inclusion.

I regret the choice of words I used to make this point. I understand why some people took offense. My comments were not representative of how I think about diversity or how Apple sees it. For that, I’m sorry.

More importantly, I want to assure you Apple’s view and our dedication to diversity has not changed.

Understanding that diversity includes women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and all underrepresented minorities is at the heart of our work to create an environment that is inclusive of everyone.

Our commitment at Apple to increasing racial and gender diversity is as strong as it’s ever been. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, but there is much work to be done. I’m continually reminded of the importance of talking about these issues and learning from each other.



So she understands why some people took offense? We certainly don’t, and neither did most people.

She probably apologized to shut up the outrage police, because I can’t for the life of me understand what she said that wasn’t obviously true.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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