Originally posted by Hopechest
Certainly the reasons that he is a white male should be irrelevant but you really don't want to put a guy in there, no matter what his ethnicity is,
if its pissing off so many people.
The problem is that part of it. Too many people see "diversity" as something you engineer. It's organic. If diversity is artificial, it ends up being
the same as homogeny in the long run.
This is why I can't see a quota system working. Nor affirmative action, nor voting for someone because he is black (or not doing so for that reason,
what is the real difference?), or because she is a woman, etc.
Many would call me a "liberal" (and I thought I was when I was younger), but the term is so semantically loaded and amorphous anymore that I stopped
thinking I was years ago, and stopped splitting things along that false dichotomy (liberal/progressive vs conservative).
I know too many "liberals" ( as society would call them) who are ignorant and intolerant and that feeds some messed up way to perceive what
"tolerance" is actually supposed to mean. Likewise, I know too many "conservatives" who, certainly, have older, mythical, and ignorant world views,
but who are not set in stone once you take the time to show them where their thinking is flawed. I think there is such a culture of moral
righteousness and "right side of history" mentality among those people I know who are considered "liberal", that the same kinds of conversations (to
show lapses in logic) becomes more difficult.
To put it another way, if somebody thinks they are informed on a subject matter (whatever it may be) its harder to correct it than it is to teach
someone who is tabula rasa; no frame of reference whatsoever.
How is being a "white" male not part of diversity? If this kid were told he couldn't do something because of his ethnicity, gender and sexual
orientation, how is that not discrimination?
Edit: not attacking hope chest, just using your point because I think it was emblematic of the views many would have, that's why I quoted you at the
beginning. It's meant to be a general post, towards all.
edit on 18-5-2013 by Sphota because: (no reason given)