Phi Beta Cons

The Diversity that Blinds

Russian historian Jay Bergman decries the obsession on campuses with race- and gender-based diversity — pernicious because it supplants the teaching of forms of diversity which relate to our national security, and which students urgently need to understand, i.e.:

those based on what people think as opposed to how they look — that determine so much of what happens in the world. The atrocities that al-Qaida and other Islamic terrorists commit in the Middle East [notably] are…incomprehensible [to many Americans] because our colleges and universities are not educating students about the kinds of diversity — in al-Qaida’s case a religious fanaticism alien to even the most militant religious sects in the United States — that matter most.