Heterodox Academy readers will most likely agree that valuable forms of diversity have been imperiled by developments I elaborate in this Perspectives on Political Science article. Because of my article’s “controversial and timely” themes, Taylor & Francis is allowing the public to read and download it, at no cost [click here to download]–until August 28.
The article begins by discussing the debate about Fisher v. University of Texas, which the Supreme Court decided last week. Although I am comfortable with the outcome, I think Alito’s dissent was sharper than the majority opinion. David Cole provides an illuminating critique of the dissent in NYRB; Cole, along with several justices and hordes of professors, apparently believes the Court should no longer apply a “strict scrutiny” standard in determining whether public policies/laws that discriminate in favor of African-Americans and Latinos are consistent with the Equal Protection Clause. My article’s discussion of Fisher, in any case, focuses on how critics of racial/ethnic preferences have been unjustly portrayed as enemies of diversity.
The second portion of the article scrutinizes the racially-themed protests that have been disrupting America’s colleges and universities. After protesting “the eagerness of today’s activists to stamp out dissent,” my conclusion also faults them for failing to “recognize that their horizons are often narrow, that they are sometimes the bullies, that most faculty and administrators sympathize with their concerns, and that the conservative or otherwise dissenting students who have the courage to challenge them likewise enrich the diversity brew.” Could certain anti-racist policies be contributing to marginalization?
Needless to say, each passing month brings news–involving disinvitations, censorship, resignations, campus disruptions, and comparable developments–that could fill a sequel.
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