Sunday, September 23, 2012

Interesting if True

In the middle of an op-ed in favor of the Marriage Amendment, Katherine Kersten dropped the following tidbit:
Scholars are discovering that questioning the new orthodoxy may end their careers. At corporations like Target and General Mills, employees who believe children need a mother and father increasingly fear that making their views clear could threaten job advancement.
I worked at Target for the better part of the decade. If this is true, Target has changed a lot since I left.

Do you suppose it is true?


Gino said...

maybe they can read the writing on the wall? gay lovers buy soap and socks, too.

Mr. D said...

gay lovers buy soap and socks, too.

That's the word on the street, but it's not what I'm talking about. The question is whether Target and General Mills are telling their employees that they are not allowed to believe certain things. I might be wrong about this, but the implication I'm taking from what Kersten is writing is we're talking about folks working at the corporate HQs of these Twin Cities-based companies, not at a store where you directly face customers. Because if that's the case, it means something entirely different. Which is why I wonder if it's true.

Gino said...

what is spoken at HQ filters down...
good biz sense means that you prevent such ideas at the root.

Mr. D said...

We're not on the same page here, Gino. I'm less concerned with the substance than I am with the veracity of the claim the columnist makes.

Bike Bubba said...

Some examples of what Kersten is talking about:

1. Marvin Olasky detailed in World Magazine the plight of a Texas professor whose application for tenure seems to have been denied due to failure to fall on the right side of political correctness.

2. A friend of mine, manager at a large printer manufacturer, noted that there was not very subtle pressure to post rainbow flags in his office.

3. When I went to a "diversity" class at a large drive manufacturer, the class leader (a native American) made it very clear that there would be no discussion of why companies might not desire to locate facilities on a reservation.

So I'd guess that Kersten's claim is genuine, but you're going to have trouble getting incontrovertible evidence of this.