September 25, 2003

Patty-Cake, Patty-Cake

Baker's man. Piss people off and get your bake sale shut down...

Best sentence from this article, demonstrating the amazing amount of irony-free self-contradiction rampant among the enlightened on our campuses:

"My reaction was disgust because of the ignorance of some SMU students," said Houston, who is black. "They were arguing that affirmative action was solely based on race. It's not based on race. It's based on bringing a diverse community to a certain organization."

Perhaps Mr. Houston is referring to the portion of his college application where he was invited to check off whether he played football, lacrosse, golf, soccer, or liked to skateboard? Or maybe he meant to point out the portion of his entrance questionnaire where he was required to list instruments played, his sexual preference, eye color, languages spoken, and taste in music and literature, so that those things could be taken into account in the university's big Diversity Toteboard.

Oh, wait--they don't do diversity that way on campus? It is race and gender based? Well dang. Maybe someone should enlighten Mr. Houston. He seems to be laboring under a misconception. Or perhaps he's just ignorant of reality. That probably explains why he's in college--he definitely has a lot to learn.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at September 25, 2003 01:44 PM

Au contraire - there's hardly a better place than college to be able to maintain a thorough going ignorance of reality. Isn't that the primary theme of your weblog?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 25, 2003 02:49 PM

No, no. He actually got it exactly right.

Affirmative Action is about bringing diversity to the organisation - token minorities to expose the white kids to, so they can "grow".

It's still vile (in fact, even more vile, in that it treats the subjects of AA as means to an end), but he is accurately describing the intent of AA at a University campus, as expressed by those in charge of the programs.

It's about Helping Whitey, not helping minorities or the "disadvantages". Diversity is touted as a benefit for the "un-diverse", which are defined as "white men", who need to be "educated" about diversity. (Historically black colleges don't need "diversity", of course, which is why they don't give white students a break.)

Even worse, innit?

Posted by: Sigivald at September 25, 2003 04:06 PM

Sigivald -

Okay, ew. Yes, that is even worse. Diversity: any way you slice it, it comes up peanuts.

No, I have no idea why an old Snickers tagline sticks in my mind when applied to this particular "progressive concept." But it seems apt, nonetheless.

Posted by: BAW at September 26, 2003 09:01 AM

My ancestry is English, German, Scandanavian, Irish, "mediterranean" and American Indian.

I'll bet my ancestry is more diverse than Mr. Washington's; but since I am "white" SMU will use by skin color against me when I try to get in.

Posted by: Redman at September 26, 2003 05:19 PM