February 8, 2007

I already know most of this stuff, but still it's shocking...

I don't have the hour or so necessary to express my thoughts on this piece, by Heather Mac Donald, but I recommend it to you. It's about the unbelievable efforts of the University of California to avoid obeying the law passed as Prop 209: Elites to Anti-Affirmative-Action Voters: Drop Dead:

...Yet for the preference lobby, a failing diversity student is better than no diversity student—because the game is not about the students but about the self-image of the institution that so beneficently extends its largesse to them. Thus, when “underrepresented minorities” accepted at Berkeley dropped by half in 1998, the first year that Prop. 209 went into effect, and by nearly that much at UCLA, the university sprang into crisis mode. Never mind that the drops at other campuses were much smaller.

Berkeley’s then-chancellor, Robert Berdahl, came to Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, recalls a law professor, and demanded that the faculty increase its shrunken minority admissions. When another professor asked how Boalt was supposed to do that consistent with 209, Berdahl responded testily that he didn’t care how they did it, but do it they must. UCLA law professor Richard Sander was on a committee to discuss what could be done after 209. “The tone among many of the faculty and administrators present was not ‘How do we comply with the law in good faith?’ but ‘What is the likelihood of getting caught if we do not comply?’ ” he says. “Some faculty observed that admissions decisions in many graduate departments rested on so many subjective criteria that it would be easy to make the continued consideration of race invisible to outsiders.”...

This by the way is exactly the attitude of the elites running the mainline churches when they ram through gay divorced bishops, etc. The laws, and the wishes of ordinary people are just obstacles to be steamrollered...

Posted by John Weidner at February 8, 2007 8:19 AM
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