Supreme Court upholds colorblind admission standards

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?

Comments

  1. There is a fear that by eliminating racial considerations in enrollment and hiring, that racists will be allowed to be racist. I’ve no doubt some will act on such superficial attitudes. Just as likely, however, is that their attitudes will become more widely known and then we will see just how widespread racism truly is in this country, and who are truly racist as well. Allowing such people the ability to act on their bigoted convictions will expose as well those who are truly willing to respond to such bigotry by taking their business elsewhere even when inconvenient to do so.

    I like the notion of being able to determine, if I feel it necessary to me to do so, the character of the people with whom I do business or the organizations I choose to support. This is more difficult if businesses and organizations are forced to conceal their ideologies for fear of some artificial consequence due to legislative mandates. The only consequences that have any true impact are those of the culture at large. I believe this nation is not as bigoted as some need it to be in order to stay relevant. But to simply speak out against bigotry isn’t enough to truly impact that attitudes of the bigoted. To lose business because one holds beliefs most other find repulsive marginalizes the right people. At the same time, if we truly are a bigoted, racist nation, knowing the full extent of that will compel more serious and substantive focus on the issue. At least this is my hope and belief. This belief is supported by the events that led up to the Civil War. I don’t want things to escalate to that level, but that does indicate the lengths some are willing to go for a righteous cause.

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