Phi Beta Cons

But what if we are all diverse?

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, there are two letters criticizing a recent article titled “True Diversity Doesn’t Come from Abroad.” (subscription required) The gist of the letters is that it is wrong to insist that the only people who can add diversity to a campus are native-born blacks and Hispanics.  Thus, Dean Frank Wu, loyal supporter of racial preferences, is unhappy that the article doesn’t see the need for Asian preferences, and suspects the author lumps all Asians together as either foreign, or already successful, or both.
Well, such lumping would certainly be wrongheaded.  But the logic of Wu’s argument would suggest that, gee, maybe there are even whites who have overcome disadvantages.  Maybe we should all be treated as individuals.  Maybe we shouldn’t judge anyone according to skin color.  Maybe the whole notion of racial preferences for ANYONE ought to be rejected.
Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Most Popular

Sports

Hurray for the NBA

Last month, just before the Final Four, I did a Q&A on college basketball with our Theodore Kupfer. Teddy K. is back, by popular demand, joined by two other experts: Vivek Dave, an old friend of mine from Michigan, who has long lived in Chicago, and David French, National Review’s Kentucky Kid, now ... Read More
Economy & Business

Trade Misunderstandings

I was distracted by other policy topics last week but not enough not to notice Peter Navarro’s article in the Wall Street Journal, headlined “China’s Faux Comparative Advantage.” Considering Navarro’s position in the White House, it is unfortunate that it demonstrates some serious misunderstandings ... Read More
Culture

Monday Links

A Supercut of Epic Movie Explosions. Can You Solve These 10 Medieval Riddles? The cost to make a Margherita pizza: $1.77. How much restaurants charge on average for a pizza: $12. The actual costs of restaurant foods. Vintage animation lessons -- how to make things cute. London's "Great ... Read More
World

On Trade, No One Is Waiting for Washington

President Donald Trump’s flips and flops on trade are now as ubiquitous as his 5:00 a.m. tweets. Many predicted that trade-expansion efforts would come to a standstill and world commerce would suffer amidst all the uncertainty. Instead, the precise opposite has happened. In the last few months, it’s become ... Read More
National Security & Defense

Trump’s Syria Quandary

President Trump raised eyebrows recently when he ended a tweet lauding the airstrikes he’d ordered against chemical-weapons facilities in Syria with the words “mission accomplished.” The phrase, of course, became infamous in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, when President Bush used it in a speech ... Read More