Diversity Training Videos. Letting you know that there are people of different color and they may have a penis/not-penis. After viewing Brendan Frasier's quality acting, you won't tell the one about the black Jew later... Unless there's none around.
What they are supposed to do:
An exceprt from Wikipedia tells us this "Diversity training is training for the purpose of increasing participants' cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills, which is based on the assumption that the training will benefit an organization by protecting against civil rights violations, increasing the inclusion of different identity groups, and promoting better teamwork."
What they don't do:
Any of that. A 30 minute video has about as much chance of completely changing your outlook on other people as that Family Matters Christmas special did on making you believe in Santa again. For example watch this timeless classic of a young Helen Hunt.
OK. What did this make you want to do?
A. Laugh. (It is pretty funny when the lady at the end asks "Who did this?" and the camera zooms in on the black guy.)
B. Find a time machine and bang younger Helen Hunt.
C. Stop doing Crank.
If you said C then we have only one thing to say "Nobody likes a quitter." Also if that video changed your views on life, then we have another video you should watch "Giving us your money and why you should do it". By the time you actually see one of these you have reached some sort of adulthood and made up your mind on how you deal with people of different race/religion/gender. Frank Dobbin of Harvard (You know the poor man's Princeton) states "Companies have spent millions of dollars a year on these programs without actually knowing, Are these efforts worth it? In the case of diversity training, the answer is no." When a man with a Ph.D. speaks we listen; because as it turns out his degree beats that one from the community college... that we're planning on gettin' one of these days.
Besides bore you, they actually draw more attention to the fact that there is a difference in people and you should pay attention to that fact. It also promotes the idea that because someone is outwardly different than you, it must mean by default they think totally different as well. A company that prides itself on diversity is basically telling us that "There ain't just a buncha white dudes up in this joint!" Verizon Communications takes pride in being ranked in the top 10 since 2001 of the most diverse workplaces... because that totally matters to us when we want to see if we can get out of those party line charges on our bill.
More or less the training is a cop out for the company itself. By showing you the video, they believe they have fulfilled their legal requirement, so when you are brought to HR about the "What are you doing out of the kitchen/cotton field/playground" debacle, they can claim that they provided you with the training saying that it wasn't such a nice thing to say. Which again the courts don't seem to give any leeway in a case, whether there was training given or not. Much like when your mom told you that you'd go blind if you kept doing "that", and we still did just like like Michael Jackson told us to. ("It doesn't matter who's wrong or who's right. Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it") And now it is almost impossible to type with these furry paws.
So what does work? Studies show that things like mentorships and direct and constant promoting of the ideals do the trick. Which by default would seem to work, much like if you had an your old driving instructor sitting in the back of your car everytime you drove. You remember him don't you? The one who constantly was praying while yanking the emergency brake, and after each session took you back to the high school and made sure you showered up.
The big brain bender is that everyone... EVERYONE is a minority. Consider an average single white male Cracked reader.
Just by those 3 qualifiers that would be on any personals ad, he has reduced himself to the same percentage as good WWII based video games. By that logic though, everyone should be afraid of everyone being offended by anything that is said or done.
Source information: US Census data