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‘DEI is garbage,’ Charlamagne warns on The Daily Show, it’s ‘giving racist white people cover’


It has taken a while but it seems the message may finally be getting through about the failures of diversity and inclusion.

In a surprising take, an episode of “The Daily Show” seemed to call out the reality of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. Radio host  Charlamagne tha God guest hosted Wednesday’s episode and called out the “mostly garbage” policies in a clip shared online by Elon Musk and others. While some argued on X that Charlamagne was calling for a “rebrand” rather than an elimination of DEI, others were pleased with the sudden wake-up.

“DEI. It means more fair hiring policies, new anti-discrimination rules for the workplace, and sensitivity training seminars. And the first thing it led to was a shitload of ads,” Charlamagne said before running a montage of ads by different companies pushing the DEI narrative.

“Ask your doctor if Black people are right for you. Nobody’s buying Vaseline because of diversity,”  Charlamagne quipped after the videos.

“Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought Vaseline. It’s just there. Like it comes with the house, right? So that’s how things stood in 2020. But that was like 15 years ago. Today when people talk about DEI. It’s more likely to sound like this,” he continued.

Another montage, this time predictably of rightwing voices condemning the policies, was also aired, including Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro saying, “DEI is just a rebranded version of, hating white people.”

“DEI, in this case stands for divisive, erroneous, and insidious,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham said in another clip and Greg Gutfeld was seen saying, “DEI, which stands for didn’t earn it, discrimination, exclusion, and indoctrination.”

“Hey, the DEI stands for Doctor Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. Yeah yeah yeah. Y’all cheered out there. But do you want that attitude coming to your office? ” Charlamagne said. “These right-wingers are crazy, right? Jesus. But here’s the part where you all stop applauding everything I say.”

He then seemed to pivot on the narrative, dropping the reality of DEI on the audience.

“The truth about DEI is that although it’s well-intentioned, it’s mostly garbage. Okay? It’s kind of like the black Little Mermaid. Just because racists hate it, doesn’t mean it’s good. And you know I’m right because every one of you has sat through one of those diversity training sessions and thought, this is bullshit. And it’s not just you. Over 900 studies have shown that DEI programs don’t make the workplace better for minorities. In fact, it can actually make things worse because of the backlash effect,” he said.

“Remember DARE from school? Y’all remember DARE? Yeah. Oh, she said who did die? Training is like DARE for racism. And you all know how effective that was. I was sitting there going, oh, shit, there’s a ton of fun drugs I should try. I didn’t even know about Molly. Thanks, Officer John, what the biggest failure of DEI is that the number of black people in power at big companies is basically the same as it was five years ago. In fact, maybe the only thing that DEI has accomplished is giving racist white people cover to be openly racist,” he continued.

Charlamagne’s surprising remarks generated plenty of online reactions.

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