The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 April 2003

But we're so diverse!

Jessie Rosenberg of the excellent Discriminations blog has weighed in on affirmative action as practiced at American universities — not on the blog, but in the "Main Line Voices" department at The Philadelphia Inquirer. It's a "major fad," she says, and takes it from there:

The percentage of students categorized as "Hispanics" in a college means nothing. What about the percentage of radical libertarians? Speakers of Elvish? People who can recite the first 100 digits of pi? These are the categories that matter. I'm not a "white." I'm a physics major, a conservative, and my ancestors are from Russia, Ireland and Romania. I have no more in common with a recent immigrant from Germany than I do with one from Ghana, but I'd certainly like to talk to both — as individuals. That's what diversity is truly about.

For the record, I am one-quarter Latino, have trouble with ten digits of pi, and have met only a handful of Germans and no Ghaniffs. :)

I wonder if speakers of Elvish will be present when the Supreme Court hears the Michigan law school preference case today.

Posted at 9:02 AM to Almost Yogurt


Thanks for your nice comment re Jessie, who's way ahead of me. I haven't spoken Elvish in years. I also especially appreciated your reference to Ghaniffs....

Posted by: John Rosenberg at 9:45 AM on 1 April 2003

I've always wondered why that guy wore long hair as he was gyrating on stage to "Hound Dog" -- turns out it was to hide his pointy ears.

The things you learn...

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 9:56 AM on 1 April 2003