NYC to link funding for arts and museums to diversity, de Blasio says

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From Fox News: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city will begin linking funding for arts groups and museums to how quickly they increase diversity at their organizations, posing a challenge for the city’s major institutions.
New York City is renowned for its diversity – 67 percent of residents identify as people of color – but only 38 percent of employees at cultural organizations are employees of color, according to a recent study from the city’s Cultural Affairs Department.
However, the 175-page report comes amid the mayor’s re-election campaign, as de Blasio works to strengthen his standing as someone who fights inequality.
The plan to tie funding to diversity was unveiled as part of CreateNYC, the city’s first comprehensive cultural plan that received feedback from 200,000 New Yorkers and took 10 months to complete.
In a press conference, de Blasio said the city would collect data on the diversity of staffs and boards at places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall and dozens of other organizations, according to the New York Times. “This will be a factor in the city’s funding decisions going forward,” Mr. de Blasio said at the announcement in Queens, reports the Times. “We do this because we believe in fairness.”
“The least-white jobs are maintenance and security,” Tom Finkelpearl, the commissioner of cultural affairs, told the Times. “And the whitest are curators. That points to some problems.”
Although it remains to be seen how much cultural organizations will now feel pressured to change their hiring tactics — and whether or not this move boosts the mayor’s campaign in any way — de Blasio’s announcement drew praise from some city officials.
Our city draws strength from its diversity. No matter who you are, what language you speak, or how much money you have, you have a right to take part in the city’s rich cultural resources,” said New York City Council Member Stephen Levin.
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stymie82
3 years ago

What a stupid policy! These museums and arts venues and groups can only be a success with the money from rich white donors and brilliant leaders who are half nerd-half businessman. The Diblasio policy will only lead to hiring of useless figure heads of color at inflated salaries, forcing the institution to pay for their dead weight AND paying someone capable to clean up the mess.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul police department Somali hiring policy is where this foolishness leads.

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago

Wow! Look at that. A whiskey bottle made out of welfare check stubs.

swan
swan
3 years ago

Has anyone stopped those of diversity from applying in the first place?

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

The “diversity and inclusion” crowd’s next popular concern:comment image

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
3 years ago

I can think of only one other oxymoron as insulting to true intelligence than this mantra of contradiction, “strength in diversity”. That has to be “politically correct”. They both, I’m sure, originate from the same source. The true enemies of a free humanity and individuality.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
3 years ago

And so,from the frying pan they jump into the Fires of Hell…

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Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
3 years ago

Affirmative Action warped into racial quota, which morphs into “diversity”. Just more of the same Leftist anti-merit crap.

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Which means LESS diversity (sigh!).

Disgusted
Disgusted
3 years ago

“The least-white jobs are maintenance and security,” Tom Finkelpearl, the commissioner of cultural affairs, told the Times. “And the whitest are curators. That points to some problems.”
Here’s Tom:comment image
Maybe he should lead by example and surrender his job to someone more diverse.

Josh
Josh
3 years ago
Reply to  Disgusted

Exactly. It’s amazing how large cities and liberal states seem to end up with the insane government they deserve. Right now a moslom brotherhood guy is running for governor of Michigan.

stevenbroiles
3 years ago

Ha! What fools these mortals be! First things First: Mayor Deblasio’s first action as Mayor, once police officer Miosotis Familia was assassinated in her cruiser, was to board a plane to Hamburg, Germany, and organize protests against the G-20 there. FOR THIS ACTION ALONE, Mayor Deblasio MUST, Justice demands, BE IMPEACHED AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE, PERIOD. But he will not be impeached, or even censured, at all: This is because a sufficient number of the City Council themselves are just as stupid and just as corrupt as Deblasio. This is the difference between Rudy Guiliani and Deblasio: Yes, the NYC… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  stevenbroiles

He’s just another example of typical Jewish control. Let’s face it. If he weren’t he wouldn’t be there:comment image