PLF op-ed on the Fisher case
Author: Joshua Thompson
The Constitution, properly interpreted, doesn't accept excuses for racial discrimination. If the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment means what it says, then government – including public schools and universities – must treat people as individuals, not classify them as faceless members of racial categories.
Focusing on skin color in pursuit of diversity amounts to stereotyping. It implies that all members of racial groups think or act alike, so that racial diversity automatically equates to a diversity of perspectives. In the real world, shared skin color does not ensure shared backgrounds or beliefs. Color-coding students is as unrealistic as it is unfair.
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