26 December 2013

Does Diversity Really Mean Conformity . . .

in the world of academia? It seems some may be suggesting that very thing, particularly when it comes to perspectives on the American Civil War and whether someone who commemorates "the Confederate past" can lead a college. See here and here.

No intellectual or political diversity allowed? Must conform to groupthink? 

If these folks were really concerned about diversity, they'd be saying a lot more about the lack of intellectual and political diversity in colleges and universities. And they'd have a lot less "concern" over someone like this leading the College of Charleston.

I suppose its accurate to say that academia welcomes diverse perspectives and viewpoints - as long as they agree with them. I suppose applicants for positions in some colleges and universities will soon hear the following question:

"Are you now or have you ever been . . ." 

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