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The Insatiable Appetite for “Diversity”

Here is a good editorial in the Michigan Review regarding the minimal changes in the student body following the passage of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative last year. Some on campus are still crying that without “affirmative action” in admissions, the school can’t have “diversity.” The writers say that these protests demonstrate that “the appetite for diversity will never be satisfied.”
Quite so. It reminds me of a document from UNC-Asheville I received back in September. According to the University Planning Council, the university will have “reached diversity” when (inter alia) “Photographs taken on campus on any given day will reflect a variety of visible diversity.”
So the Shangri-La of “diversity” requires that if you take a photo anywhere on campus at any time, you will “a variety of visible diversity.” That is ludicrous — unless you actually mean that efforts at promoting “diversity” must be endless.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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