This is nothing new.
Diversity used to mean something related to the word diverse. Different. Differing. I suppose it still does if the topic is the flavors at Baskin Robbins. Those are still different. Or random people’s taste in music. Very diverse.
I just read an article on Bloomberg where the sameness of a group is heralded for the groups diversity. Consider these two quotes:
The goal is to arm the participants—all women and minorities who have yet to serve on boards other than their own companies’
When he introduced himself to the class, Walker said, he told them, “This is the most diverse group I’ve been in in a very long time.”
Women’s college? Boldly diverse. Black institutions of higher learning? Off the charts diverse. A black women’s college? Queue back light and resonant monk choir note. Diverse wouldn’t do it unless spoken in breathless awe.
If you want to change the people, change the language incrementally over time. Before you know it everyone will be feeling down, which means up, which would be bad, which is good.