“Do You Have Experience Working with a Diverse Work Environment?”

A university’s job application asked that very question.

What I wanted to write:

“What’s your definition of non-diversity?  Is it…

Average build?

Moderately healthy?

Clean-shaven?

Unblemished?

30-40?

White?

Christian?

Male?

 

If so, then the following list might represent descriptions of who divert from your implication of what is normal:

Black. Yellow. Red. Brown.

Geriatric. Juvenile.

Giant.  Little.

Amputee. Physically handicapped.

Wheelchair. Cane. Crutch.

With service animal.

Bald. Hirsute.

Fat. Skinny.

Muscle-bound.  Frail.

Left-handed. 

Nine-toed.  Six-fingered.

Widowed.  Divorced. 

Criminal.

Bearded.  Mustachioed.

Blistered. Blotched.

Diseased.  Cleft Palate.

Dyed.  Kinky-haired.  Carved.

Tattooed.  Branded.  Freckled. Pimpled.

Toothless.  Bandaged.  Pierced. 

Orthodontia. Glasses. Hearing aid.

Billionaire.

Homeless.

Asymmetrical.  Wrinkled.  Ugly.  Malodorous.

Muslim. Jew. Buddhist. Hindi. 

Other.

Atheist.

Bi-polar. Depressed.  Anxiety disorder.

Blind. Deaf.  Mute.

Foreign.  Multiracial.

Sad.  Manic.

Catatonic.

Homosexual.  Bisexual.  Pansexual.  Transgendered.

Female.

Circumcised.   Sterilized.

Genius.  Imbecile.

 

Therefore, in answer to your question…yes.”

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