Being that I am on a college campus I see signs and posters advertising "Diversity" everywhere I go. My school even has a an office for 'Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs' and the student body president who was just elected used diversity as one of her platforms.
I wanted to get the guys' input on 'diversity'. From what I've read (admittedly from conservative sources) 'diversity' carries with it the inherent flaw that racism is made up of, namely that the color of one's skin or one's ethnic background determines a person's thoughts. In other words, a black person will have 'black' thoughts, an Asian will have 'Asian' thoughts, and so on. And the more I think about this, the truer it is. The people who push 'diversity' on campus truly believe in this school of thought that a person's worldview is determined by their skin color or ethnicity. Truer still, at least in my mind, is how similar this is to the blatant racism this country once knew- that blacks were different, and had a different mental capacity, by virtue of being black.
The more I read into 'diversity' the more flawed I see it. However, I believe that people have bought into it and actually do think they have a different world view because they're different. There are undoubtedly black people on my campus who believe they have a different thoughts because they are black; the same goes for other groups who aren't white. But how absurd this is- "you think differently because you're black"- crazy! We're all human- we think the same! Our mental capacity is not different based on our skin color and to think otherwise is insane as I see it.
Here's a good (conservative) source on the subject: http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?news_iv_ctrl=1076&page=NewsAr...
What do you gentleman think of diversity? Is it a good thing or should it be done away with? Thoughts?
Racism doesn't just say that there are differences, racism says there are differences and those differences make my race superior to other races. Diversity says that there are differences, none of which are superior.
Everything about us is going to make us different. Your being catholic makes your thought process alient to me. Someone growing up in the city will be different from someone from the farm. ANd yes, someone coming up in a black culture will be different from an asian or white or hispanic culture.
So if you have a diversity person who can' tell the difference between just being black and growing up emersed in the black culturem then yeah, they are dabbling in the realm of bigotry. That isn't a flaw with the idea of diversity, it is a flaw of the individual endorsing it.
Is it truly racist to say that the differences between skin color make you superior to those of other colors? In my definition, racism has to have some kind of malice or hatred behind it, but saying that a race is superior to others is more arrogant and ignorant than actually racist. I don't agree with the people that call almost everyone a racist who are not actually being hateful towards other races and ethnic backgrounds, so I try to reserve the title for people who are actually racist.
Point taken. I hear a lot of people overuse the term 'racist' to the point where I get annoyed when I hear it used and there there is no real hate being expressed by the accused 'racist'. Didn't mean to annoy you, just thought I'd see if you had a reason for defining racism that way.
You are right, a lot of people use racist when they actually mean bigoted
I actually learned to look for the very real difference from a conservative blogger who ad one damn good point
Who's the blogger?
Would you accept the apology of not remembering? I do know it was when reading a blog/newspaper/radio or when one of my liberal shows had on opposition and the statement that we have to recognize the difference between bigotry and racism really stuck with me. Was one damn good point and a reason I at least try to read different sources
Ethnic & racial diversity is a political concern. It does not belong in colleges. The only diversity that matters in college is diversity of thought.
It seems to be liberals' fault: they politicize the university & have replaced reflection by activism. They no longer burn buildings or brandish firearms, presumably because they now control the establishment.
But even if conservative hatred of liberals - justified, often enough - were not a reaction to this; even if conservatives would not politicize the university to defend themselves; the question would still arise, What is the purpose of the university? The '60s seem to have destroyed most of what was left of the understanding of the importance of that question. That is why diversity of thought is important & why it has become impossible for institutions to foster.
All good and well, and I certainly agree, but what do you think about my original post and LShields' thoughts?
I think Shields makes the usual mindlessness seem even more boring than usual. Everybody everywhere is different from everybody else. This is individualism at its flabbiest; it is meaningless.
Now, modern American racism claimed science as the ground of the superiority of the white race. That assumed there is one correct, scientific answer to the question: What life is worth living? This was when History was considered to be the fundamental experience. It was a third-rate Hegelianism. (See Calhoun.)
The diversity crowd is a third-rate Nietzscheanism. Culture is the key concept; anthropologists like it; it is used to blur the distinction between civilization & savagery, arguing that no reasonable judgment can be made about how to live one's life. In short, the distinctively human being is not really human. The accidents of culture determine & damn humans.
Both doctrines are destructive. America depends on everyone being transformed by the constitutional order. Americans are not born American & the habits of the country are worthless when it comes to producing the political order. You could not trust the American people even to preserve the order bequeathed to them, because they are supremely ignorant of the precariousness of their achievements. This order has few theoretical defendants & many things going against it, especially the endless intellectual fashions imported from Europe in the last two centuries... They make stupid people think they are profound; they make important political problems seem obsolete.
Once again, brilliant synopsis of points I never made
Shields, the main points have nothing to do with you & I think they're way above your head.
The point that concerns you is named for you, just the first paragraph, so you don't have to bother with the serious stuff - the part about everybody's different - that cupful of nothingness.