Social Justice Warriors are at it again. They claim they want a more diverse faculty, but what is it that they really want? But apparently college students are now experts on diversity, sociology and they know better than campus administrators the criteria by which school employees should be hired. Why are we letting the inmates take over the asylum? First at Mizzou, we see a president run out of town because he didn’t cave in to the Black Lives Matter groups demands. Then we had a Yale dormitory supervisor gets screamed at for the audacity of saying that people should be allowed to wear the Halloween costume of their choice. We’ve had “white privilege” jammed into us so many times we’re starting to see it as fact.
If I went to one of the so-called “Historically Black Colleges” and commented that there weren’t enough white male faculty members, I would (RIGHTFULLY) be dragged out of the room by a noose. But we see the cries that there aren’t “enough” women or minorities, and thus by extension is the polite way of saying “we have too many white male professors.” Suppose you have two finalists for a job, and the black female gets it instead of the white male because “they need more minority members,” then by the same logic, you ARE saying to the other candidate, “Sorry we’re not hiring you because you’re white.” That is the definition of racism. I’m not AGAINST having liberal points of view on campus, I’m a believer that everyone has the right to be heard, but if it means excluding points of view that you find “uncomfortable” or “micro-aggressed”, then one must ask themselves who is REALLY being intolerant here! I’ve seen more than my share of speakers come onto college campuses and it’s clear the narrative that they want students to have.
When someone is asked whether they “believe in diversity,” that’s a nonsense question. Let’s keep a few things in mind:
1. Yes true diversity (i.e. not just race or gender, but opinion, politics, religion) IS a very positive thing. But if you’re really for racial diversity of your faculty, you should also champion diversity of thought and ideas. For the Social Justice Warrior types, that’s not what diversity is. Their definition of “diversity” is nothing more than a code word for “get as many minorities as possible regardless of qualification.” So this is a straw man position. Diversity is always positive, but true diversity is not what these people are after. They’re after social engineering disguised as racial tolerance.
2. Whether you like it or not, diversity just is what it is, and cannot reasonably be swayed one way or the other without getting into affirmative action (one cannot legally influence the racial makeup of a population one way or the other). If you ask someone if they believe diversity is good, you may as well ask if they believe gravity is a good idea. Students are 10 times more interested in a teacher who’s engaging, knows their subject than someone who matches their race. If you really care that much about the race of your professor, if you really feel that the professor has to be “of your group” in order to have success in the class, then you really have no cause to demand teachers for the sole purpose of fitting your own personal narrative.
Is diversity a good thing? That’s a loaded question. Diversity itself is neither inherently good nor bad. Whether you believe that a society should be 5% black or 95% black, there’s nothing you can reasonably do to achieve that goal. Besides no person or group has any business socially engineering the race of any society, in Academia or otherwise. My sole pet peeve here is force-feeding racial diversity and affirmative action simply for the sake of having more minorities, regardless of a person’s character or qualifications. Martin Luther King himself said,
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
By demanding a more racially diverse faculty absent of any other consideration, you are doing exactly that – you ARE judging people by the color of their skin, and their character be damned. I think racism is disgusting and people of color should not receive lesser treatment under the law just because they have dark skin. But treating whites differently because of their race is just as bad, despite the common myth that blacks cannot be racist because of some nebulous privilege. Anyone who demands special treatment for anyone based on race, gender, or any other “protected” class, is no better than the Jim Crow advocates that made blacks sit at the back of the bus. But we’ve been “white guilted” so much and told to “check our privilege” that many liberals actually start to believe that they have some reason to feel guilty and owe the black community some recompense or reparation.
Finally, if there aren’t enough female and/or minority engineering professors, then the CORRECT question to ask is, “What can we do to make those fields more enticing to women and minorities?” There’s a difference between equal opportunity for all and forcing equal outcomes. Our true problem is why women and people of color are not being attracted to advanced degrees or getting into “STEM” fields. The Social Justice types are only interested in treating the symptoms, not curing the disease. They’re attacking the problem from the wrong end.
If these people are truly after diversity, they’d embrace ALL kinds of diversity: Different religions, politics, beliefs, levels of education, income levels and not JUST racial diversity, which is just in itself a code work for “as many people of color as possible.”
“The student diversity effort, called Who’s Teaching Us?, grew out of Stanford’s Asian American Activism Committee in 2014 when the Stanford English Department denied tenure to a queer Asian-American scholar”
So we’re supposed to believe that the tenure was denied BECAUSE she was queer or Asian-American? Only a SJW leftist would look at a person who as $10 and another person who has $1 and conclude that the $10 person must have gotten that money through some privilege or misdeed. There is a difference between equality under the law, and equality of outcome.
More compelling, however, is the argument that all students are better educated and better prepared for leadership, citizenship, and professional competitiveness in multicultural America and the global community when they are exposed to diverse perspectives in their classrooms
If I’m a college student I want my professor to be the best person for the job, not someone who was hired simply because “they needed to hire more minorities.” It’s insulting and degrading to all involved. If we said the same thing about needing more white men in the faculty there would be rioting in the streets, but yet affirmative action is completely okay? These leftist Social Justice Warriors are not the least bit interested in diversity. Diversity to them means “getting a lot of people of color.” You could have a room full of 20 sixty-year-old white males, and yet you’ll have different backgrounds, professions, religions, politics. The left is only “tolerant” about ideas that agree with theirs.