Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Computers, Dorms, and Affirmative Action

The recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action upheld the University of Michigan's "critical mass" plan for racial minorities for the purpose of "diversity." In part, the Court tells us that diversity requires enough minorities so that individual minorities will not feel like they are the only spokesman for their race's point of view. Moreover, if there are enough minorities, the white students will learn that there is not one single point of view per racial group, but a variety. So the rationale behind diversity (which rescues a racial spoils system that would otherwise be unconstitutional) rests largely on its effect on the white students.

That said, here are two links:

Minorities are moving toward online distance learning.

The University of Minnesota has created special dormitory and advising communities for certain ethnicities.

In the comment section below, tell me what these two developments have to do with the Michigan affirmative action case. Talk amongst yourselves. DISCUSS!

2 Comments:

Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

Well, with a few exceptions that tend to prove the rule, the minorities create insular communities that shield them from the rest of the university, so much for all those arguments about viewpoints and critical mass.

October 11, 2006 9:30 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

I'm afraid to say anything lest it be taken in a racially insensitive way. Just ask Steve Lyons about it.

October 15, 2006 9:33 PM  

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