24 June 2003
Affirming the action
Rust at Conservatives Suck has some thoughts on the Supreme Court's affirmative-action rulings, based on his days at a small Midwestern college:
An important part of learning how to think is to be able to interpret a wide range opinions, digest them, compare them to each other, and then make a decision as to which one you agree with (or mostly agree with). Now, certainly, there was still a wide variety of opinions despite the lack of ethnic or racial diversity in the student body, as I had the pleasure of going to college with students from all over the nation. I had a good friend from Idaho, a place where I was previously unaware any humans existed. Since I grew up in Boston, people were dumbfounded with my strange culture and strangah accent. However, coming from the same socio-economic-religious background, these students (I did not come from a wealthy background) all had pretty similar views on politics, culture, economics, and philosophy. The lack of diversity of students led to the lack of diversity of ideas.
Emphasis in the original. This seems plausible enough, I think, though one possible subtext here you don't get real diversity without variations in skin color would be pretty close to indefensible.
He's right on this point, though:
Disgruntled whites may feel this will cause them to miss the cut at their favorite university. But if being educated by a homogeneous crowd is what they want, they are selling themselves short.
Still, there's one nagging problem with the whole affirmative-action scheme, and John Rosenberg nails it:
Since it is now not discriminatory to take race (and presumably other such matters) into account, isn't it discriminatory not to, at least at institutions who are on record (as virtually all are) worshiping at the altar of "diversity"?
Zymurgy's Law of Evolving System Dynamics, which can't be appealed to the Supreme Court, now kicks in:
Once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can.
Is there a can big enough for all of this?