The Canadian Army Trumps Diversity … with a Picture of Eight White Men | world News

Organizations around the world fully recognize that it is important not only to increase diversity and inclusion – but to do so in a transparent and open manner.

This may be the reason why Canada’s new Chief of Defense Staff made a proud statement this week about recent discussions at the highest levels of the country’s armed forces.

Conversations about diversity, inclusion, and cultural change don’t clash with our thirst for operational excellence. I count on my top leader for championing cultural change, Admiral Art MacDonald, recently He wrote on Twitter. “Diversity makes us stronger, and inclusion improves our organization.”

Unfortunately, this exciting message was undermined somewhat by the photo accompanying the meeting – which showed eight white men sitting around a table.

A white woman – and another white man – was just showing up on a screen showing the remote participants.

The post, which was supposed to be an indication of the military’s efforts to address its shortcomings, was instead hugely popular for all the wrong reasons.

“Are you talking about the diversity in which men employ different degrees of hair loss?” chirp Comedian Rob Gill.

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“These white men are really diverse. Some of them have no hair. One of them hates cilantro,” another user tweeted.

Others mocked the ambiguous and confusing “soldier talk” of the tweet.

“We may have our differences but we can all agree that we are thirsty for operational excellence. Positively thirsty for the lack of operational excellence. Feeling dry after talking about diversity,” writes journalist Vicky Mushama.

As criticism and ridicule grew, MacDonald, who held the top military position less than a month ago, posted an apology.

“I hear your comments and take them very seriously. It’s true: Leadership … has been, historically, mostly male and white. This has to change,” he wrote. We need to reflect Canada’s diversity at all levels. We must work to eliminate systemic racism and dismantle barriers to career advancement. We are in a mindset but we know that there is still a lot of work to be done, and we are committed to doing By that

Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sagan said in a statement that the country was still combating “the legacy of systemic racism, discrimination and non-inclusion.”

He wrote: “Although the defensive leadership is committed to increasing diversity in our ranks, such errors demonstrate that unintended bias still exists.”

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