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Diversity and the Naval Academy


My post about the color guard incident is generating a lot of responses. Here is one. The writer’s name is James B. Morris:

Thanks for your observations at NRO about “diversity” at the Naval Academy.
My 3rd son is a plebe there. I noticed over the past seven years of looking at colleges (from my oldest down to now) that the most prominent message in each college brochure or marketing piece is the gushing endorsement of “diversity.” My oldest was Harvard and Princeton level of achievement, and by the time we had visited those schools, along with Cornell, Washington in St Louis, et al, the ubiquitous message of diversity was making me cringe.
So through my second and now third boy, I am consistently disgusted by this focus. Each one of the aforementioned catalogues and brochures rarely mentions their focus on teaching students to be robust and critical thinkers or dynamic leaders. Aside from famous alumni, they spend much of the copy space gushing over each institution’s diversity.

So when my third applied to the Naval Academy, I thought I would find a different perspective. But sure enough, ALL their marketing materials share the same exuberance for diversity. Each recruiting talk we sat through reiterated their diversity goals, and even on Induction Day (July 1st) the Superintendent of the Academy used the word in his welcoming speech.
In higher education and in the educated elites, it appears that E Pluribus Unum is rapidly fading into history.


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