Friday, November 10, 2006

Diversity Matters


Apparently in Michigan there was a proposition on the ballot to end racial quotas in education and hiring in the state.

It passed 58%-42%.

Now... Democrats have taken over the house and senate in elections won mostly by razor-thin margins. This will be seen (by them) as a mandate to do whatever the Democrats feel should be done. Pull out of Iraq, impeach Bush. Charge everybody in the Pentagon with war crimes. Repeal the second amendment. Roll back all tax cuts. Fire John Bolton. Make people refer to gay unions as marriage. Hey, the people have spoken.

In Michigan, this initiative passed by a relatively wide margin. The "We The People" of Michigan spoke. And the elitists manage to argue that there is no mandate here to do what the proposition clearly stated.

Here is how the University of Michigan responded.

I don't know about you, but to me this little speech reads something like this:

Diversity matters at the University of Michigan. It matters because, it matters, and the manner of its mattering matters. The people are stupid. We know better. Because diversity matters. Our institution is great because diversity matters. And it matters more than it matters to the people who voted, because we will have no part of what the people have said. Because diversity matters.

It kind of reminds me a little bit of this famous passage:

And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it." Amen.

The underriding tone is, "Screw the stupid hick voters. We know better. We're smarter than they are, and we'll make sure it doesn't happen." Nothing in her lengthy blather mentions the primary and obvious issue at hand; fairness demands that those who have worked hard academically and succeeded get in to school or get a job regardless of their race or gender. That's fairness.

In her rant, she basically says that this nebulous "diversity", which appears to be some sort of sacred and holy term, is the most important thing to the University. Without it, the whole university would just crumble from the inside and decompose into a dilapidated shell.

Of course, what this really says is that black people can't study and learn on their own. Which is basically saying that blacks are inferior to whites. Which sounds to me a whole lot like.... um... what's the word I'm looking for?

Oh yeah, racism.

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