Yesterday the Justices of the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment to prohibit universities to consider race as a qualifying factor in their admission process. The decision solidifies a principle that the political left champions yet never supports. They always seem to oppose any policy or law which seeks to treat everyone equally. But I’m not going to bash the left here.
In principle I believe any form of affirmative action is an immoral institution. I don’t think one’s race holds any qualitative value when considering candidates for employment or enrollment in schools. In cases of employment or school enrollment, whether a student is a minority is irrelevant to any substantive measure. Considering race serves only to proudly boast to others how ‘diverse’ your institutions is.
When making selections based on racial demographic, diversity’s antithesis rears its ugly head. By saying ‘we need more fill in the blank‘ the implication is that there’s too many of some other group. In fact, Western Washington University said this explicitly recently. In a questionnaire the university asked, “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?’”. They went even further when the president of the school said, ““Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university.”
The inappropriateness of an attitude such as this becomes clear when you substitute ‘white’ for ‘black’, ‘Latino’, or any other race or ethnicity other than white.
I lean toward allowing business owners and private schools the freedom to hire whomever they wish by any criteria they choose. It’s important for people to retain the right to operate their establishment as they see fit. (I also oppose term limits for politicians on this same principle.)
It would serve society greatly to take strides toward a colorblind education system. By eliminating even the ability for the admissions boards for universities, it will ensure students are accepted or rejected by their actual qualifications. They can be measured by their accomplishments and failures. It bestows dignity on a person who truly earns their accomplishments. Filling quotas is demeaning and trivializes the efforts of minority students who truly deserve their places in college.
Isn’t it a good thing that all students will now be on a level playing field judged only by their accomplishments?