Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Inherent Wrongness of "Diversity"

While I was perusing this article over at the Daily Caller that outlines Michelle Obama's college senior article demanding race-based hiring and promotion at her college, I was reminded of just how damaging and wrong-headed this fad of "diversity" is for our country.

The 1988 essay, titled “Minority and Women Law Professors: A Comparison of Teaching Styles,” ran in a special edition of the BLSA Memo. The future first lady justified her demands for more black and female law school faculty by attacking the “traditional model,” in which law students were educated through the Socratic method.
She also opposed the traditional meritocratic hiring principle, where professors with better legal pedigrees were more often hired, arguing that it limited the success of women and blacks.

"Limited the success?" In college? Where you can study, learn the course material and succeed through your own efforts? Um, who's stopping you from doing that?

“The faculty’s decision to distrust and ignore non-traditional qualities in choosing and tenuring law professors merely reinforces racist and sexist stereotypes,” Mrs. Obama wrote, ”which, in turn, serve to legitimize students’ tendencies to distrust certain types of teaching that do not resemble the traditional images."
I find it curious in the extreme that the then-Miss Robinson would decry the Socratic Method of instruction, particularly when it comes to the law. It's not like there's anything wrong with this method. It's been quite useful in classrooms for a few millenia now.

Why would you want to advocate a system based solely on one's skin color, not the proven ability to grasp the subject or get good grades, unless you yourself were racist?

The concept of "diversity" has done a great deal of harm to our society, as intended. It ignores the  fact that America is already a very diverse society. We are the melting pot of the world, open to all who value the American ideals of freedom, individuality, and equality before the law. This perversion of reality apparently works on the weak-minded and easily led, by which I mean those who lean to the political left who tend to look at people in a stereotypical way, not as individuals.

The reason for this damage is clear: skin color is to be preferred over ability. If you replace the word "ability" with "merit," you'll start to better understand how this concept has eroded a society that was once accustomed to being the best it could be, and by extension, the best in the world. Under this new banner of "diversity," outer appearance is valued above inner ability, looks are preferred over intellect, percentages and quotas are the new standard, not capacity or smarts.

Those of us who live in a Reality-based world can only gaze upon this idea and wonder how anyone could embrace such a ridiculous idea.

Why wouldn't you want to have the best instructors available? The best judges, doctors, accountants, business people, engineers or society?

What does skin color or sex have to do with intellect?

Nothing, that's what.

It's time that we retired this fad and put it with pet rocks, leisure suits, and Socialism on the ash heap of history's failed ideas and return to a society based on quality, intellect, and ability, not skin color.

No comments: