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Exposing the Harms of the ‘Diversity Delusion’
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | September 26, 2018 | George Leef

Posted on 09/26/2018 5:20:16 AM PDT by reaganaut1

On November 7, 2006, Michigan voters passed Proposition 2, a measure that banned the use of racial preferences throughout state government and state universities. The next day, University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman issued a defiant statement. In it she pledged to fight in the courts against the voters’ decision to have a color-blind state, declaring, “I will not stand by while the heart and soul of this great university is threatened. We are Michigan and we are diversity.”

Really? It’s the “heart and soul” of a great university to prefer some people over others on account of race? Dr. King and his fellow civil rights advocates wanted an America where people were judged on the content of their character, not on the color of their skin. But the University of Michigan’s president stood ready to fight until the end to protect discriminatory policies because they’re supposedly essential for “diversity.”

In the years since the enactment of Michigan’s ban on racial preferences, the University of Michigan has changed very little and certainly hasn’t become a “mediocrity” as Coleman claimed to fear. Nevertheless, a quasi-religious devotion to race and gender discrimination continues to sweep over American higher education. Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald devotes her latest book, The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture, to a wide-ranging examination of this obsession.

The academy, she writes, originally maintained that its diversity efforts were needed for “bridge-building and broadening people’s experiences,” but clearly has the opposite effect by “dividing society, reducing learning, and creating an oppositional mind-set that prevents individuals from seizing the opportunities available to them.” This new kind of discrimination—for “diversity”—has spawned an antagonistic groupthink that tears the social fabric and distracts our universities.

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TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: bookreview; college; diversity; education; heathermacdonald

1 posted on 09/26/2018 5:20:16 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Don’t confuse fad with fasion; UofM just created new ways to discriminate and evade the law.


2 posted on 09/26/2018 5:26:39 AM PDT by akalinin
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To: reaganaut1

Proof that the purpose of U of Michigan (and many other universities) is NOT education.


3 posted on 09/26/2018 5:28:00 AM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: reaganaut1

She needs to go to jail. Then she will see the results of diversity.


4 posted on 09/26/2018 5:32:38 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Cynicism is the only refuge in a world that is determined to eliminate itself.)
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To: reaganaut1

Once liberals latch onto one of their ideological memes (e.g., diversity, global warming, etc) there is no getting them to acknowledge or concede that there could be negatives aspects or unintended consequences associated with them. They are unyielding. There is no room for intelligent debate. Its their way or the highway.

This is one of the things that makes liberals so dangerous. Countervailing logic, facts and the lessons of history mean nothing to them. Their typical response is to attack the motives of others.

They champion diversity but they don’t like diversity of thought.


5 posted on 09/26/2018 5:44:07 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: reaganaut1
In it she pledged to fight in the courts against the voters’ decision to have a color-blind state, declaring, “I will not stand by while the heart and soul of this great university is threatened. I agree with George Lincoln Rockwell. Your skin color is your uniform."
6 posted on 09/26/2018 5:57:58 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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