Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Minorities are more equal than non-minorities

Here's a great example from the Duke Lacrosse scandal of how identity politics and political correctness have made universities hot houses of illogic:

"Dr. Chambers, who was chancellor of North Carolina Central University from 1993 to 2001, said in the news conference that one aspect that most disturbed him was that Duke officials had not looked deeper into the accusations.

"It pointed out the need for being more careful about reviewing complaints when they come from minorities and others," he said. 'You don't just discount a complaint because of who made it.'"

From minorities and others? Relative to minorities, isn't the only "other" the majority? And if you're supposed to be more careful about complaints when they come from minorities and the majority, when are you supposed to be less careful?

On the other hand, here's someone sensible from the Law School:
Paul H. Haagen, a Duke law professor and the chairman of the Duke academic council, said he was puzzled by the suggestion that Duke might have responded differently if people had realized that the woman was black.

"I'm not sure that somehow or other we should have responded differently if it had been a white woman," Professor Haagen said.