Dicta

The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Supreme Court to Hear Proposition 2 Case

Glenn Ricketts

The Supreme Court will rule on Michigan's ban on the use of racial preferences in public universities.

Becoming Right -- Another Load of Useless Academic Research

George Leef

By the Content of Their Character

Glenn Ricketts

A summary of where we stand on group-based preferences, what we've done, and where we're going.

Baked Goods

Peter Wood

Peter Wood notes what a daunting task challenging "diversity" on campus can be these days, especially if you're selling cupcakes to make your point.

Berkeley Students' Bake Sale No Piece of Cake

Glenn Ricketts

Judging by the UCal Berkeley administration's nuke 'em reaction, you might have thought that the Ku Klux Klan had staged a rally on campus, rather than a symbolic bake sale by college Republicans protesting the university's race-based admissions policies. Mind you, I didn't expect that the school's "diversity" machine would be exactly thrilled by the sale of differently-priced cupcakes, calculated to reflect the extent to which some students' admissions were weighted higher according to racial or ethnic classifications. But for Pete's sake, why did they send in the 101st airborne? Bob Weissberg has an interesting take on the whole mess in this article over at Minding the Campus.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists take on the big issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, campus diversity, religion and politics and what awaits graduating seniors out there in the real world.

Letter from Connecticut Association of Scholars to Wesleyan University President

NAS's Connecticut affiliate wrote to Wesleyan's president to support the students who conducted an "affirmative action bake sale" on campus last fall.

Racism at Wesleyan?

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews the affirmative action bake sale controversy at Wesleyan University and calls for a more circumspect use of the label "racist."

It's OK to Offend: The Wesleyan Bake Sale and the Word "Racist"

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood has published a new article at the Chronicle of Higher Education's Innovations Blog, "Racism at Wesleyan?" In it he reviews the recent controversy over an affirmative action bake sale at Wesleyan University, where Ward Connerly will be speaking today at 4:00. Peter argues against censoring the term “racist” but points out that the word can be abused as a label “to intimidate and to polarize,” as was the case at Wesleyan University. He writes that eliminating racial preferences in college admissions will help diminish racism:

We would as a society be better off if we jettisoned race from our consideration of how public goods such as college admissions are distributed.  Getting rid of race, like getting rid of racism, is far from easy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the preliminary steps. One of those is de-institutionalizing racial categories.

His essay comes at a timely moment, when some politicians are making an effort to erase the words "racist" and "socialist" from our vocabulary.

Wesleyan's Affirmative Action Reaction

Ashley Thorne

Faculty and students at Wesleyan University lashed out in anger against a campus group for its demonstration on the injustice of racial preferences.