University Diversity Mullahs Irked by Unknowns
An interesting article appears at Inside Higher Ed entitled "Identifying the Racial 'Unknowns'". Lead paragraph:
Over the past decade and a half, the number and proportion of college
students opting not to reveal their race when asked have shot up, to 5.9
percent of all students in 2001 from 3.2 percent a decade earlier. The
increases have raised two major questions: Who are these students, and
why are they declining to identify themselves? The answers have
implications for college officials and policy makers on a wide range of
issues, including affirmative action and student life.
You can read the article to find the alleged answer: a "sizeable" number
are "white." The study that they base the
article upon, a 20-page PDF, is here
But what's striking about the article (and the study)
is the sheer peevish cluelessness
aimed at these kids who decline to state their race. How dare they make
the lives of diversity-mongers more complex, by refusing to fit
themselves into the neat little boxes and classifications designed by
The study is (unfortunately)
utterly predictable in its recommendations: more frequent
and intrusive questioning of students to determine their "race",
standardization of "racial" categories, etc.
One wonders why they don't simply advocate
mandatory DNA testing of all applicants
to get a final, objective measure of their "race".
Because otherwise, you see, we just won't know for sure.
Wouldn't it be nice if—instead of treating these "unknown"
irritants—Universities would start celebrating the increased
number of their
customers who maybe want to get beyond the race obsession?
Who maybe want to be treated as individuals, not as beans to be
counted and pigeonholed by their presumed genetic makeup?
Who maybe find the Jim Crow-era notion of "official" racial categories
to be utterly odious? Or who maybe just think their genetic "race" is
none of their University's fargin' business?
That happy day is not likely to arrive, of course, as long as
"college officials and policy makers"
can continue to make a good living off of racial classification.
As opposed to,
say, teaching kids useful, beautiful, and interesting stuff without regard to