15.8.12

ZING!

The Supreme Court is considering a suit against the University of Texas affirmative-action policy.  In one paragraph, Roger Clegg gets to the heart of the matter, in reacting to an amicus brief from Big Business that claims benefit for using different admission standards so as to diversify the student body.
Cultural competence? But, again, upper-middle-class American blacks are not a different species than upper-middle-class American whites, and dealing with either is not much like dealing with, say, South Korean trade officials. Learning to treat all other people like human beings? Surely that lesson can be — and should already have been — learned outside of college. And if the idea is to teach white and Asian students that they ought not to assume that African Americans and Latinos are less academically qualified than they are, then the last thing schools should be doing is creating an environment in which white and Asian students are systematically exposed to black and Latino students who are less academically qualified than they are.
Indeed. At one time, "plays well with others" was part of the kindergarten progress report.

There's no mention in the article of whether cultural competence in business includes a less judgmental approach to job-seekers with visible tattoos on their necks and ears.

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