Apparently a couple members of the Supremes went full Klan mode today:
n the oral arguments Wednesday for a Supreme Court affirmative action case, Justice Antonin Scalia—a well known critic of affirmative action—suggested that the policy was hurting minority students by sending them to schools too academically challenging for them.
Referencing an unidentified amicus brief, Scalia said that there were people who would contend that “it does not benefit African-Americans to — to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less — a slower-track school where they do well.”
He argued that “most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas.”
“They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re — that they’re being pushed ahead in — in classes that are too — too fast for them,” Scalia said.
Roberts was no better:
When it came time for UT’s lawyer to argue the school’s position, Chief Justice Roberts seemed to want a timeline for an end to affirmative action programs, alluding to a 2003 case in which the Supreme Court predicted race-conscious programs would no longer be needed in 25 years.
“Are we going to hit the deadline?” he asked. “Is this going to be done, in your view, in 12 years?”
I don’t know, Johnny. How about we end it when racism is over. Oops. You already think it is.
At any rate, there are so many benefits of diversity for everyone that have been documented in any number of places, so I’m not going to go even bother to list them, but I can give you one benefit I experienced DIRECTLY and TODAY: enhanced quality of life.
It was the annual Christmas pot lunch luck today, and a lot of the usual fried, creamed, rich, and usual stuff was there (I just made a fruit salad because I don’t like dessert foods other than ice cream, really, and figured someone else might be the same- and I was right because only about 1/3 of it was left at the end), but there was also one dish I didn’t recognize that had been made by a colleague from Ghana. It was called Gari Foto, and I gotta tell you, it was pretty damned awesome and I had never had it before. I even took a little home to give to my dad because he’s an amazing cook, and I got the recipe and we are going to try to make some.
So if for no other reason, diversity is good for giving you the opportunity to experience new and amazing food. Personally, that’s enough justification right there, but YMMV.