Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. DEI GRATIA means “by the grace of God”.

D.E.I. is anything but the grace of God, but I wanted to play a word game with the letters. Buzzfeed.com published Mr. Gender Bender’s letter to parents of children who stare at him. “But one type of attention stands out above the rest: the attention of confused children. I first started noticing it when I moved to New York City at the age of 22. I was reminded of this attention again the other weekend, when I traveled from Los Angeles to Florida for a queer conference at the Orlando Hilton resort. But the most common reaction was that your children, upon noticing my gender expression, turned to you and exclaimed something like, ‘Mommy, that boy is wearing lipstick!’ or ‘Look, Dad! Look at what he’s wearing!’ After your kids called your attention to my gender expression, you all did pretty much the same thing. You looked my way, made eye contact with me, became swiftly embarrassed yourselves, and told your kids that ‘It’s not nice to talk about strangers.’

Parents, I’ve decided that we need to have a little chat, because you can do better than that. You have to do better. You owe it to me, to the trans community, and to your kids’ emotional development to do better. Parents of the world, I’d like to suggest a better paradigm for handling this situation when it inevitably arises again. The next time your child turns to you and says, ‘Look! That boy is wearing lipstick!’ or ‘That girl is wearing a bowtie!’ don’t shut down the conversation by telling them not to talk about strangers. Instead, try answering the question that they’re really asking; try talking to them about the beautiful diversity of gender expression in our world.You’ve decided WE need to have a chat? Thanks for your parental advice, but I think I’ll pass. However, in the interest in D.E.I., let’s take a swing at my having a conversation–a teaching moment with my daughters–when they were young.

This story comes to us from the UK, where a school in East Sussex decided they needed to ban all “gendered” clothing in order to not offend the sensibilities of transgender students (are you listening, gender bender guy?). That meant girls would have to wear pants at all times (gender bender guy says, “may I still wear a dress, as long as I don’t shave?”). The school decided the best course of action was to literally lock the gates and not allow girls who had skirts on to enter the school. That boiled into a protest of over 150 kids, mostly girls wearing skirts. A huge crowd demonstrated with banners outside Lewes Priory, in East Sussex, demanding the school reverses its gender neutral policy banning girls from wearing skirts. Sussex Police were brought in to help control the planned protests and officers were seen standing guard at the entrance checking uniforms. But many students found they couldn’t attend classes on their first day of term, after teachers closed the main gates when the crowd gathered outside.

The demonstration comes after the school announced in 2017 that all students were required to wear trousers, after ‘concerns’ were raised over the length of skirts and to accommodate transgender pupils. Doesn’t quite seem to jibe with their website’s description: Priory School, Lewes is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school. We are proud of the highly successful rounded education we provide. At Priory we have a longstanding history of academic excellence within a culture of strong pastoral care. Priory is a school where students are expected to work hard and as a result make excellent progress. We believe in balancing the pursuit of academic excellence with the well-being of our community. Our broad curriculum offer reflects the community we serve. Priory School is well regarded and is consistently oversubscribed. Our school aims to reflect the uniqueness of Lewes, historically and socially.

A high school in North Carolina is under fire for an assignment entitled “Diversity Inventory” that left students crying and parents outraged. Heritage High School English teacher Melissa Wilson gave out an assignment to her class last week that asked them to categorize themselves, their parents, their doctor, friends, and more by race, class, sexuality, and religion, among other things. North Carolina Values Coalition reports. “Students were also asked to stand up, and walk towards posters in different areas of the room that correlated with their sexual identities. Another student had a friend who had recently shared very private information about themselves to a select number of their peers, and went white when the teacher asked students to now stand and reveal their private identities.” When the students expressed discomfort, the teacher’s response was to tell them it was alright because “she used to be Catholic and is now a bi-sexual atheist.” Well, excuse meee. I guess it’s okay then.

The teachers at this school district are involved in a district-sponsored program called WCPSS Equity. This office promotes a far-left “social justice” curriculum written by the controversial anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center. The assignment, created by Wilson, is taken from lessons found on a website founded by the SPLC called Tolerance.org. The district also contributes to Tolerance.org via articles written by at least one staff member, assistant superintendant of WCPSS, Rodney Trice, who wrote: “Equity work is not a one-off professional development training or an office that works in isolation. This work requires embedded and systemic shifts. Diversity, equity and inclusion must be infused within the very fabric of your organization, school or district. The transportation department needs to be operating with an equity lens just as much as an academic department, and so on. While traditional leadership is top-down, equity leadership looks more like a lattice—everyone from families to support staff to educators all the way to the school board must be in.” If you aren’t, you’re a bigoted transphobic moron who doesn’t deserve to take up space on this planet! He really wouldn’t be thinking that, would he?

Does this school intend to churn out nothing but politically and culturally brainwashed students? If so, they must necessarily target for censorship any dissenting voices. One wonders how Christian students fare in Ms. Wilson’s class. The Tolerance.org website is full of far-left propaganda, including lessons about gender that are completely unscientific and based in the far-left fantasy that biological boys can be girls and biological girls can be boys. The site also gives away grants to schools that use their radical teaching materials. Is this how the SPLC spends the massive contributions? (see my Monetizing Hatred of Hate post)

Creative solutions to the “climate catastrophe”.

He saved villages….before his mother could “control her own body.”

Stockholm School of Economics professor and researcher Magnus Soderlund reportedly said he believes eating human meat, derived from dead bodies, might be able to help save the human race if only a world society were to “awaken the idea.” Soderlund’s argument for human cannibalism was front and center during a panel talk called “Can you Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” at the Gastro Summit, reports The Epoch Times. “Conservative” taboos against cannibalism, he said, can change over time if peoples simply tried eating human flesh.

The United Nations is already lecturing us about reducing our red meat consumption to save the planet. The Economist also suggested that while people in third world countries are living longer and healthier lives thanks to meat consumption, it doesn’t bode well for the environment. Don’t woke-scolds call that “Neo-Colonialism”? So idea #1 is, “eat more people.” I wonder if Chick til-A’s “eat more chikin” was the inspiration. Probably not.

I don’t know if “Mayor Pete” (ButtplugButtigeig-say it slowly) is now his real name, but this fount of wisdom, in an interview on CNN (big surprise!), was asked how he would deal with this “existential crisis” that is “paralyzing” by the anchor who has done her part by not drinking from a plastic straw for the last 6 months. “My climate plan is about summoning the energies of this country overcoming the Great Depression, winning WWII, going to the moon, it required something of us. We need to stand taller….guilt about using straws, not eating meat, that’s doing our part, that’s the exciting part of my plan, everyone doing their part.” No, I am not going to ridicule equating elimination of plastic straws with the huge achievements he cited, that’s the low hanging fruit of satire. Rather, let’s consider how his plan would reduce plastic straws and meat consumption. Since many people like using plastic straws and eating meat, and most of them probably won’t give them up voluntarily, that leaves what? Taking both away? Criminalizing both? Don’t laugh, a few of short years ago nobody suggested that men could become women and women could become men. So idea #2 is stop plastic straws and meat consumption.

Then there’s Bernie “do I really need to say my last name?” Sanders. In response to a teacher in the audience named, appropriately enough, Martha Readyoff (really, get ready to off babies) “Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years. The planet cannot sustain this growth. I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it’s crucial to face. Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?

Sanders: “Well, Martha, the answer is yes. And the answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions…So I think, especially in poor countries around the world where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies, and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have, it’s something I very, very strongly support.” He uses the example of birth control, but we all know what happens when birth control doesn’t work. Sounds suspiciously like “reduce babies of color” to me. So idea #3 is fewer kids in poor countries, and if that’s not enough, how about fewer kids everywhere. And Martha, have you ever heard of Malthus? He predicted that overpopulation would destroy the global food supply. Last year? No, in 1798.

Whatever happened to “let’s work to lift people out of poverty?” I suggest you watch the movie The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. Against all the odds, a 13 year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. William Kamkuamb was born in the country of Malawi, in Africa. When he was 14 years old, a terrible drought hit the village where he lived. People had nothing to eat and drink. Being an excellent student and very fond of physics, he decides to save his native village from starvation. In the library he finds scientific books on physics. Unfortunately, they were all exclusively in English. But our hero did not give up. For a long time studying pictures and different symbols in Latin, he got an idea to build a wind generator. is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him. Lucky for his village that Bernie’s plan didn’t make it there in time.

I’m in trouble now.

A prominent author has compared the red “Make America Great Again” caps to Nazi swastikas, and told “normal people”—that is, people who don’t support Trump—to stop wearing any kind of red cap, lest they start “making people scared.” Rebecca Makkai, who has been a finalist for both a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award (what, no Nobel Prize for physics?), made the controversial comments on Twitter, (where else?) according to Fox News. To be clear, Makkai really was talking about all red caps. In fact, she even specifically asked fans of sports teams that wear red caps—such as the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals—to not wear those caps out in public to avoid making other people afraid. Is the dugout public?

“Not worth making disenfranchised people feel unsafe,” she wrote. For the record, I can’t figure out why someone who gets triggered by red is disenfranchised–is that a different word for bovine? Sorry, that’s red capes. What a difference a single letter makes. Makkai also had a problem with MAGA parody hats: “Also, for the love of God: The clever folks wearing “Make America Read Again” or whatever caps — NO,” she said. “You’re making everyone scared. Don’t do it.” Too late, I rock a red hat from the Babylon Bee that says “Make Satire Great Again.” At least there’s no “America” in the caption, maybe I can get away with it. And no, Makkai is NOT a satirist. The solution to this problem of “making everyone scared” is simple: I am working on creating a cap with two brims and two messages facing the opposite way. MAGA in red on one side, #Black Lives Matter on a black background (and NOT white lettering) on the other. If the red triggers someone, simply turn it around. I haven’t solved the problem of enemies in both directions.

Of course, if I had such a cap I, being white, might be attacked for cultural appropriation by the folks seeing the BLM side, while simultaneously being attacked by white libs for the MAGA side. The Economist discusses that arcane concept of cultural appropriation: “Cultural appropriation is less about cultural disrespect or intolerance—for which much clearer terminology already exists—than about reinforcing the oppressor-oppressed binary through which social-justice advocates see the world. Because Christians and whites are groups deemed to have power, all manner of borrowing or parody is intolerable. And the inverse gets a free pass: nobody is upset when Asians wear European clothes, for instance.”

That last sentence needs some modification. Have you ever seen Asian visitors to America wearing hilariously mismatched combinations of patterned shirts and patterned pants, both in completely different patterns. I nicknamed the look the “Japanese tourist uniform”, even though they could just as well be Chinese or Korean, mostly because I have spent time in Japan. There, the mode of dress tends to be very formal, so when they go abroad to Western countries they are more likely to adopt what they imagine Western style to be, or maybe they are mocking us with the “polyester leisure suit” look. Once I started to think about this–digression warning–I did some research. From the website TheyDiffer.com

“The Chinese–especially the women–tend to interpret style as a way to show off wealth. The importance is not placed on how bold the design is but on how expensive it must have been. Therefore, people wear sparkly things and top it off with some nice jewelry. Western influence is also prevalent in this country. Japanese style varies between traditional and modern. Some prefer a more neutral palette and go for a simple look while others tend to gravitate to anime-looking clothes.  So don’t be surprised to see a girl wearing a sailor moon costume while walking down the road because it’s considered “kawaii”  (cute) in that country. Lastly, we have the Korean style – which is fast becoming a trend as well. Koreans are easily one of the most stylish countries. They love bold designs and are lovers of fashion trends, as well as brand names. Even their Korean dramas showcase their love for unique combinations and bright colors. They also dye their hair with the most unusual colors so it’s not rare to see a Korean sporting grey or green hair.”

What exactly was the purpose of this rambling post?” you ask. Go back to the first two paragraphs. Is that not worthy of mockery? If not, what is? What’s next, getting arrested for MAGA-cap rage?