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“Nonsense on Stilts”



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Here’s a comment I posted on an interview in today’s Inside Higher Ed with the editor of a new collection of essays on the “faculty role in promoting diversity on campus”:

Nonsense on Stilts

Here’s the key statement in the interview: “If colleges/universities are given the charge to train students to succeed in the global economy, then we fail our students if we do not provide them with faculty who take diversity seriously. Our global community is diverse. If faculty are to prepare students to flourish in this global community, diversity has to be an integral part of that training.”

Okay, now what can this mean exactly? In context it must mean that, in order for students to learn how to deal with a racially diverse “global community,” they must be part of a racially diverse student body with a racially diverse faculty. And, indeed, in context it means that this is so necessary that it justifies the use of racial preferences to ensure that this diversity comes about. Yet these underrepresented minorities who will be getting preferences are themselves usually Americans.

So it boils down to this: In order to teach our students how to deal with foreigners, we have to use racial discrimination to make sure that our students are exposed to people who, while they may not *be* foreigners, at *least look* like foreigners.

As is usual with the justifications for racial discrimination, this is nonsense on stilts. 



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