DIVERSITY

Mark Steyn has a brilliant piece on the meaning of diversity:

Whatever your position, sodomy is a precisely defined act. It means–Well, let’s not get into that, as the choirboy said to the–oh, never mind. My point is that laws ought to be about clearly defined acts and a high court should be concerned with the legal principles at stake in those acts. Whether or not you dig it as a personal philosophy, ”diversity” makes a poor legal concept. It was not intended to be precisely defined, but instead woozy and fluffy and soft-focus. It makes a fabulous bumper sticker: ”Celebrate Diversity.” But it makes a poor legal concept to enshrine at the heart of the U.S. Constitution, which is where Swingin’ Sandra’s vote put it last week.


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”Diversity” doesn’t extend to, say, some dirtpoor piece of fundamentalist white trash. Her presence wouldn’t ”enrich” anyone. ”Diversity” means ”more blacks.” That’s why traditional African-American colleges are exempt from its strictures: As 100 percent black schools, they’re already as diverse as you can get.

Go read, as they say, the whole thing.

(Hat tip: A Fearful Symmetry)

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

DIVERSITY

Now here’s some affirmative action that everyone can agree on.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. John Lemon says:

    Dennis Miller didn’t know much about football. That sucked.

    Lisa Guerrero probably doesn’t know much about football either.* That doesn’t suck.

    * Though being a Rams cheerleader does make her infinitely more knowledgeable about football than Dennis Miller.