When it is on defense, Harvard denies that it discriminates against Asian-Americans. When on offense, it decries the lawsuit as an attack on diversity, its most solemn value. In this Harvard is quite right, though not in the way it thinks. The SFFA lawsuit is not an attack on pluralism per se—but it is an assault on the ideological conceptualization of difference and the American elite’s attempt to manage it. At issue is not simply race-conscious admissions practices, but “whole-person” review and the “multi-dimensional diversity” it supposedly produces. Holistic admissions are central to the process by which the American elite produces, reproduces, and justifies itself. The elite will fight this battle with all its strength. via www.firstthings.com Also good.
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