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June 09, 2005

PC Overload In Oregon [Say Anything]

The University of Oregon will soon be basing the pay and promotion of faculty not on how well the teach their students but rather on how well they "get along" with people of "different backgrounds."

Which makes me wonder: Will liberal professors be docked pay for not getting along with their more conservative-minded colleagues and students? I'm guessing no.

The faculty is, obviously, pretty upset by this. They're also upset at the fact that the University will be hiring forty new faculty members to teach courses in "diversity-related topics, including race, gender, gay and disability studies."

Disability studies? What, pray-tell, is that? Are we teaching people how to be disabled now? Maybe its a class for disabled people teaching them how to succeed despite their infirmities, which would still seem like an odd choice for a college course.

But these odd courses aside, the University of Oregon also has a policy requiring non-minority students (read: white students) signing up for certain math or English classes go to the end of the line until their minority counterparts have had a chance to get signed up.

A few decades back some places in this country required that their minority citizens sit in the back of buses and use facilities separate from those utilized by whites. Rosa Parks and other brave civil rights leaders of the day fought against this sort of discrimination. Is the administration at the University of Oregon really telling us, through their actions, that the cure for these past injustices is to perpetrate the same kind of injustices white students on their campus?

If so, that's more than a little bit ludicrous. When are these people going to learn? If you want equality, you must treat everybody equally.

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