On The Takeaway (also NPR, it was a long drive) today some elitist “experts” were discussing a recent poll on diversity and affirmative action. They made absolutely no sense.
For one, they were genuinely perplexed that although a majority of Americans are in favor of diversity on campus, 75% are not in favor of affirmative action, as if they were the same thing. Their apparent assumption was that “diversity” meant exact proportional representation. One of them smugly put it down as “liking sausages, but not wanting to see how they are made.” They said that people who thought race was the deciding factor in affirmative action decisions were confused.
HELLO! If race isn’t the deciding factor, how is it affirmative action? And if two equally academically qualified people are decided between by race, how is race not the deciding factor? Idiots.
What these “experts” didn’t understand is that Americans expect their educational systems and workplaces to be meritocracies. That means they want people of all races to be considered on their merits. Diversity plus meritocracy will never mean exact proportional representation. Apparently it means more Asians and fewer of everyone else… I’m fine with that.
One of the women went on to say that Americans value diversity because they know the best education occurs in diverse environments where students are exposed to people with “a variety of experiences and ideas.” LOL! As if today’s college classrooms weren’t echo chambers that forbid any ideas other than far Leftist dogmas to be uttered. It reminded me of a line from a movie: “We have both kinds of music, Country and Western.”