When being “inclusive” becomes offensive

We are finalizing our goals for the year at work and they are based on a series of objectives ranging from personal performance to corporate performance.

I was on instant messenger with a co-worker in Portland and she pointed out this winner:

Build and leverage a diverse and inclusive environment

Representation:

Maintain diverse representation (People of color and women) from 12/31/2011 baseline.

Applicant Pools:

Increase diversity in talent pools (People of color and women) for management roles to ensure a minimum of one qualified person of color and qualified female candidate before proceeding at least 85% of the time before the position is filled.

She’s African American and her response to that one was “Nailed it!”

I mean… do I work in 1966 or something? How is this relevant?

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