Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, other hotep missteps, and progressives will be going ape-shit on MSNBC tonight. Oh well. The issue isn’t whether a state’s voters get to set and approve policies impacting minority groups. The real issue is why do minorities take issue with the denial of access to the market for educational capital when it’s not in the interest of the guardians of that capital to give them access in the first place.
The “diversity as value-added to society” argument may get some emotional play but the majority have not intellectually grasped it. They don’t see how diversity positively impacts them. A traditionally white educational institution only benefits from my presence if I have some positive impact on their research activities or, at a minimum, my GPA doesn’t drag down the entire school’s GPA so that they can boast about how great they are in one of their recruiting handbooks.
White employers only benefit from me if they can say “Drew makes the most bad ass policy arguments or Drew can advocate for us in XYZ administrative agency because he knows all the decision makers and the secretaries over there think he’s sexy.”
It’s not about what value you perceive that you bring and the emotional, dramatic, cry-baby, we shall over come whining that comes with it. It’s about you making the person you are petitioning feel that they absolutely cannot do without you. And you can guess what Michigan’s answer is to that last line ….