I'm reminded of that odd circumstance by today's news. We learn in this morning's Roanoke Times (in "Invest in diversity at Virginia Tech") that Southwest Virginia's second-most premier school of higher learning* has a new five-year plan that calls for - and is surely to achieve, this time - racial diversity on campus:
Another plan. Well, toss it on the pile with all the others. Starting with the last five-year plan which apparently proved to be an abject failure. And this plan, seemingly, didn't help. Nor did this one. Ditto.
For an institution charged with serving the entire commonwealth regardless of race or ethnicity, the status quo is unacceptable. Indeed, the campus experience now is far less rich than it should be.
Tech officials recognize the problem, and recently released a five-year plan to make the campus more welcoming to minority students. They hope someday the university's student body will better reflect the commonwealth.They propose to have Tech require all students ...
But the new plan - the latest in a long line of plans - is sure to work. For sure.
Three quick points:
1) Why all the fuss? How does "diversity" aid or enhance a student's (black or white) ability to achieve success in mastering the curriculum laid out by the university?
2) Has anyone suggested to those minority students who failed to meet entrance requirements that they should have tried harder, absorbed more, and gotten better grades in high school? Sure they did. Will anyone tell minority high school students that, in order to beat out all those Asian students who excel in academics that they need to buckle down, study like mad, and achieve success at mastering their particular fields of endeavor if they ever hope to get into Virginia Tech? Sure they will.
3) Do people who drive this whole "diversity" argument really understand the issue? If they do, they wouldn't write goofy shit like this (from the editorial cited above) about the reason for Tech's low minority enrollment:
"Some of the reluctance by minority students is unsurprising. Tech, after all, still has a dormitory named after a member of the Ku Klux Klan."
Yeah, that would keep me from choosing VT too, as opposed to ... say, Harvard.
Oh, wait. Minority students are probably shunning America's premier university too. And for the same reason.
Washington & Lee? Uh, no. There's that small matter of its association with two - not one but two - 19th century slave holders. Washington. And Lee. Minority students will surely be avoiding that one too.
UVa? Don't even go there.
Look carefully into our nation's past and you're left with Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg. and I wouldn't look too closely there either.
Anyway, Virginia Tech has another diversity plan. And those who believe in them think that's a swell development.
Whatever trips your trigger.
* See numero uno here.