Thursday, June 28, 2007

Diversity

The U.S. Supreme Court came out with a potentially landmark decision today, rejecting "diversity" programs at public schools. The core argument of the majority's opinion gave me hope that common sense is not completely extinct in our nation's capital. In ruling that school districts cannot use race as a factor in assigning children to schools, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." This quote made an impression on me, because I have long felt the same way. Racism still exists in America today, 40 years after the civil rights movement, because race has become more emphasized than ever. Segregation is segregation, even if done for ostensibly altruistic reasons. The dictionary defines segregation as "the separation for special treatment or observation of individuals or items from a larger group." And that's just what affirmative action and other "diversity" programs do. Until we become truly colorblind as a society, racism will always exist in some form. Feel free to call me a racist; I already have.

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