The latest twist to the diversity obsession in colleges and universities comes from an accomplished Korean-American playwright who attributes her success to affirmative action (“I’m Asian-American. Affirmative Action Worked for Me.” The New York Times, Feb. 10). Young Jean Lee believes she was admitted to the University of California at Berkeley because Asian-Americans were underrepresented in the English department.
Lee goes on to explain how being exposed to people from different races expanded her intellect. What she fails to mention is that diversity in higher education is limited only to race and gender. It does not apply to thought. That’s the supreme irony of what is happening on campuses across the country. Political correctness prevents students from getting a real education. Anyone doubting my view needs only to recall speakers who are shouted down by students when they attempt to present views not in line with what they want to hear.
If students are shortchanged by the disproportionate absence of people of color on campus, they are even more shortchanged by lack of exposure to diverse viewpoints. That kind of hypocrisy makes a mockery of what a college education is supposed to be.
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