The desire to appear color-blind leads most Americans to prefer the standardized language of diversity-speak when addressing issues of race, rather than the other way around. The researchers conclude that American diversity-speak is a sort of 'happy talk,' an upbeat language in which everyone has a place, everyone is welcome and even celebrated.
Example: If we understood Muslims better, we might not have launched a disastrous war in Iraq. We might have saved thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
Example: If we understood American Indians better, we might uphold their treaties and sovereign rights. That would give them additional resources to pursue economic development and combat social ills.