While walking today I was listening to a podcast featuring Ed Dutton, the Jolly Heretic, and the Zman. Very interesting and wide-ranging conversation, more about that in a moment, but something Z said was very interesting. He used the term “decorative diversity” to describe the desperate attempt by universities to stock up their student body with non-White/Asian/Jewish students to make the place seem more diverse. Now no one in any position of authority really thinks that adding lower IQ blacks to your student body improves your academic setting but it is apparently a requirement so the White donor class feels like they are “doing their part”, while living in neighborhoods free of diversity.
Anyway, decorative diversity to make the photos in campus brochures look vibrant has been going on for a long time but it has started to change. For many years the decorative diversity was confined almost exclusively to meaningless academic disciplines like Afro-American Studies and various other liberal arts degrees where the profs could give them high marks regardless of the work they produced. Everyone knew it and just accepted it as a cost of doing business, and no one took them all that seriously because they weren’t in a position to do much damage. Or so we thought.
What has changed over the more recent years is that decorative diversity is bleeding over into the hard sciences in a major way. Engineering, medicine, chemistry, all of the once safe disciplines that have real life consequences are giving way to decorative diversity. If an Afro-Gender-Queer Studies major writes a moronic paper, no one cares but if a decorative diversity grad in engineering designs a bridge that collapses randomly or is the ER doc when you arrive after a car accident? Lives are going to be lost.
Diversity for the sake of diversity is ridiculous when it is in the liberal arts but when it impacts real lives in the real world? It is going to be deadly.
Anyway, here is the conversation between Dutton and Zman. Very interesting, Dutton starts off kind of spazzy but settles down and they cover lots of great material….