Personally, I like Kennedy's stance that the means by which to increase diversity should be done "based on socio-economic status, rather than race".

What do you think? Is "diversity" something universities should be focused on? Is it about diversity or fairness?


mk: I voted against it a couple of years ago on a ballot in Michigan. It wasn't an easy choice, but I think it's time we move beyond it and into a class-based affirmative action. I'd like to go a step further and ban universities from asking about race on an application. I know it's cliched, but the only correct answer is 'human'.

In the US, the most deleterious effects of racism are translated into socioeconomic oppression and lack of mobililty. Addressing those obstacles should go a long way to get underserved kids opportunities, whether or not they lacked them due to racism or something else.

There was recently a post here about a pew study of 'intermarriage': http://hubski.com/pub?id=17965

I find the notion of 'intermarriage' to be a bit offensive. It's a nice way of saying "different people marrying each other". Assuming that someone is different is a great way to look ignorant.

I once went to Nordstroms to buy a nice pair of shoes. I had just been moving, and I was in really shitty clothes. The first salesman I met wouldn't give me the time of day. The second guy was cool, and I bought some shoes. I would hate to be a well-to-do black man trying to get those shoes in shitty clothes. Fuck that bais that says he is poor twice over. That's the logic affirmative action is based on.


posted by thenewgreen: 2522 days ago