Thursday, December 10, 2015

SCOTUS takes up affirmative action, maybe one last time, from UT Austin; more on "coddling" campus speech

Emma and Leah Pierson have an interesting perspective in today’s New York Times, “What do campus protesters really want?” here.

They take on the criticisms (often by some university professors) that young adults expect to be coddled and sheltered from all the unfairness of the world.  Instead, they say, many “privileged” white students (or even higher income minority students) have no concept of what being constantly profiled feels like.

I filmed a number of BLM demonstrations in late 2014 (and then in Baltimore in April 2015), sometimes incurring resentment as a voyeur who doesn’t join in and walk in other people’s shoes, as if participating in a collective demonstration were “beneath me”.

But one reason I don’t “join in” is that I see bigger problems around, like will we keep our way of life at all.  The WMD threat and asymmetric war threat does color my thinking. I would not be of much use in the "doomsday prepper" world of “Revolution” or “One Second After”.

The Supreme Court is hearing “Fisher v. University of Texas”, and Justice Scalia drew his usual controversy by suggesting that some black students do better in life if they go to less demanding schools anyway.  But Ivy League schools go out of their way to attract minority applicants.  However, some minorities, like Asian, have a leg up because of the tradition of academic excellence in their families.

The SCOTUSblog entry on the case is here. Garrett Epps of The Atlantic asks “Is Affirmative Action finished” here .

Vox weighs in on why (racial) diversity matters in medicine and the sciences, article by Libby Nelson in answer to a question by Justice Roberts.

I recall a conversation with a (white) consignment shop operator in Richmond VA back in 1997, when I was placing my first DADT book there, as to how important the thought keeping affirmative action is.

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