Diversity vs. Inequality

The New York Times contains an essay titled “Diversity’s False Solace”:http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/magazine/11ESSAY.html?ei=5007&en=3bef5db5e7b21145&ex=1397016000&partner=USERLAND&pagewanted=print (registration required).

I loved these quotes:

bq. the reason we like the problem of racism is that solving it just requires us to give up our prejudices, whereas solving the problem of economic inequality might require something more — it might require us to give up our money.

bq. When student and faculty activists struggle for cultural diversity, they are in large part battling over what skin color the rich kids should have. […] As long as we think that our best universities are fair if they are appropriately diverse, we don’t have to worry that most people can’t go to them.

posted at 1:32 pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 in Links | Comments (1)

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  1. Greg Wilson says:

    They, the poor, have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

    – Anatole France

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