The Diversity Obsession Rages On | National Review

The Diversity Obsession Rages On | National Review

As recently as the 1960s, many American universities kept people out if they were of the wrong race. Such discrimination disappeared for a few decades, but now it’s back, only with ideology being the grounds for discrimination. Today, if you aren’t “woke,” your chances of being admitted or hired plunge.

In today’s Martin Center article, Princeton student Matthew Wilson surveys an ugly landscape of required “statements” meant to weed out those who don’t conform to the leftist belief system.

Wilson writes, “Along with the standard parts of an application for a job in academia―a curriculum vitae, transcripts, personal statements, references, and research experience―more and more universities, both in North Carolina and across the country, are evaluating whether candidates conform with institutional commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies.”

The academic field doesn’t matter. Whether you want to teach English or electrical engineering, you must demonstrate your commitment to the “diversity” agenda.  A high percentage of qualified applicants are culled out because they failed to satisfy the diversity screeners.

Prospective students are also expected to show their “wokeness.” Wilson provides several examples, such as, “UNC asks prospective undergraduate applicants to write an essay ‘describ[ing] an aspect of [their] identity,’ citing ‘religion, culture, race, sexual or gender identity, [or] affinity group’ as potential identities for students to focus on.”

It’s not enough to be a capable student who wants to learn. You have to jabber about your “identity” and, presumably, how you’ve been a victim of our oppressive society.

The ideological slanting of education needs to end, and I agree completely with Wilson’s conclusion: “Moving forward, university leaders must work to immediately eliminate divisive DEI statements from hiring and admissions criteria, and cease measuring applicants by their compliance with controversial ideological agendas. Should they refuse, state governments and legislatures should step in where they have jurisdiction―for example, at taxpayer-funded public universities―and do what they can to bring an end to this embarrassing blight on U.S. higher education.”

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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