In order to respect the diversity of viewpoints, I’ll assume Rick Blatchford simply misread the article he quotes from the Online Etymology Dictionary on the word “diversity” and did not deliberately misconstrue its contents. Mr. Blatchford writes that ‘the online dictionary‘ indicated that it wasn’t until 1992 that “diversity became a favorable attribute.”
The article actually states that the term had a negative connotation from about the 14th to 17th centuries, but that “Diversity as a virtue in a nation is an idea from the rise of modern democracies in the 1790s ...” A quote from Alexander Hamilton was included in dictionary’s entry to illustrate that very point. Mr. Blatchford included that quote as well but somehow ignored its meaning. The article ends by noting that by the end of the 20th century, diversity included other elements such as gender, race, etc., again with a positive connotation.
With the senseless killings in Pittsburgh, shouldn’t we at the very least affirm in our schools, businesses and all levels of government that belonging to a different religion or race is not a crime punishable by death? To achieve the “melting pot” Mr. Blatchford rightly desires, we must first expose the lies, hatred and prejudices that keep us apart. An understanding of our diverse origins and diverse beliefs can only strengthen us as a nation, not weaken us.