With their campuses rocked by social justice protests, anxious Ivy League presidents are trying to appease campus radicals with huge payouts to left-wing identity programs. Peter Salovey, the president of Yale, apologized to protesters (“we failed you”) and wrote a campus-wide letter promising to create a new “university center” for the study of “race ethnicity, and other aspects of social identity.” He also pledged to double the budget for the African American, Native American, Asian American, and Hispanic cultural centers, and to devote new resources to “educating our community about race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusion.”This is theology and nothing but.
Not to be outdone, Brown University President Christina Paxson has answered protests by unveiling a $100 million program for creating “a just and inclusive campus community.” Among the budget items: “expand mentoring resources for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first generation college students”; create “workshops” to “foster greater awareness and sensitivity on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression”; and “promote university-wide research and academic programming on Power, Privilege, Identity and Structural Racism.”
Addendum: Belief that "diversity makes us stronger" when it comes to sex or race is religious in the worst sense - it is errant nonsense contradicted by fact. If you disagree, then please let me know how many Hispanics should be included in a team of 100 accountants to make that team stronger.
Diversity doesn't make us stronger, strength makes us stronger. If, when recruiting your accountants, you find that the 100 best candidates are all Kumeyaay Indians, then your team should consist of 100 Kumeyaay, 0 whites, 0 Hispanics and 0 blacks.