The Pursuit of Diversity

Friday 26 March 2004

Foolishness close to home for me:

So let's see here...two people did something stupid, for which every level of authority has punished them, and yet the "offended" parties are crying for blood from the two people, their fraternity, and their school. The person who led the group who chanted "black power" then turned around and said "Any threat to diversity is a threat to the university." This is a clear-cut case of hypocrisy. In fact, it would seem to be a much larger threat to campus diversity than two white kids wearing blackface. Hmm, is it possible that non-whites might also be guilty of anti-diversity? Can I say that and get people to consider it without getting myself labelled as a racist?

And now there are demands: suspension of the entire fraternity (all but two of whom did NOTHING WRONG), creating a new course (for the 30,000 students who did NOTHING WRONG), and hiring more black faculty (which has nothing whatsoever to do with the incident or promoting diversity among the student body.)

As I've said before and will doubtless say again, I am no racist and I have many very good friends of other ethnicities. I don't judge people by their color, I judge them by their intelligence and actions. That's why I feel 100% confident in declaring most of the angry parties in this situation to be idiots, perhaps even reverse racists.