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September 14, 2007



Michael Graham makes a similar argument about diversity for its own sake. One of his most intriguing points is that 'diversity' has undone the progress of the sixties where people struggled to be inclusive NOT separate. He takes issue not only with 'diversity' but many of ideas and philosophies of the old South, which were thoroughly discredited by the 1960 civil rights movement, but have crept back into-the minds of many Americans.

This is one of my favorites quotes.
"the only difference between Brooklyn, New York and Birmingham, Alabama is that you can't get a gun rack in a Trans-Am."

He makes some really pointed observations like the ones below. Makes one think hard about what diversity really means.

Thanks to the efforts of northern liberals, we now live in an America where:
# Conservative newspapers are regularly burned on the Berkeley campus and Harvard is developing speech codes to keep students from saying anything that might upset their neighbors.

# Where feminist professors are having works of art like Goya's The Naked Maja removed from classrooms because they create a hostile work environment; and where the model of modern womanhood is the Sex In The City, a.k.a. "White Trash On The Hudson."

# Where evangelical Christians are mocked by West Coast liberal elites who wear healing crystals, have conversations with trees and watch John Edwards - TV psychic.

# And where the number one spectator sport from Maine to Malibu is - -NASCAR!

Tom Roper

How fascinating, I wish I'd been there! One of my earliest experiences of political activity was involvement in the British Free Angela Davis campaign. And it's interesting that her background in philosophy was so apparent in her lecture.
Did she not run for President (or was it Vice-President) as the CPUSA candidate?
I try my best to go to professorial and visiting lectures when I can: they can be very occasionally dull, and often difficult, but I think I have never considered the evening wasted.

T Scott

Yes, she ran as the VP candidate in 1980 and again in '84 as the CPUSA candidate. When I was living in DC in the mid-eighties I would occasionally see some of the CPUSA folks at various events -- a pretty dour and humorless lot, I must say. I don't know what Davis's current political affiliation is. I suppose the CPUSA still technically exists.

And Davis was certainly not the least bit dull!

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