A few days Mike Adams posted an article at Townhall.com titled Diversity and Catatonic Schizophrenia. It begins,
Dianne Harrison is the new president of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). It’s a small college in the Golden State but it sure is loaded with diversity. How do I know? Because Dianne has written a letter to the entire university, telling everyone how diverse they are and, more importantly, what a great person she is because she loves diversity. In her short email of around 800 words she refers to diversity no less than 17 times (and I have highlighted them in bold letters). Because it is so dripping with Orwellian double-speak, I thought it would be fun to reproduce it here.
I sent Mike an email with this question:
Do you happen to know whether Dianne Harrison at CSUN has sent out any university-wide emails encouraging students to study hard and learn well?
I mean, it goes without saying (though she went ahead and said it anyway): “Clearly, diversity at Cal State Northridge is celebrated, nurtured, and held as a central and core value.”
But what about getting an education?
He answered and told me he was unaware of any such communication, but he could affirm that at least one professor “got it”—the one who forwarded him Dianne Harrison’s email.
I’m all for encouraging racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity. I’m not big on ethical and moral diversity, in case you wondered. There is absolutely no better or worse race, ethnicity, etc., but there are better and better worse moral and ethical stances.
For all the good that can come of appreciating the right kind of diversity, though, another California school demonstrates how it can get taken all out of proportion.
There was a time when colleges and universities considered it one of their chief purposes to build character in their students. That time has not come to an end. Schools are still inculcating character. But they’ve changed the definition. It used to mean virtues like loyalty, courage, honesty, faithfulness, respect, kindness, diligence, sexual chastity, caring, and a commitment to truth. Now it means Honoring Diversity. That includes not disagreeing with anybody who’s different from you–unless the difference is in their moral standards, especially in the realm of sexual chastity and a commitment to truth. Then you can disagree all day long. You can even drum them out of your program for it (caution: irony alert on that link).
There was also a time when colleges considered one of their chief purposes to be delivering an education. I’m very confident Professor Harrison holds that value in the highest regard. Maybe she sent out a university-wide email emphasizing it. If anyone knows, please pass that information along to me, if you would. It would be nice to confirm that she thought it important enough to mention.