Chris Marschner, as is his wont, immediately gleaned some greater wisdom and broader lessons from the last post. Here is his Comment of the Day on the post, “Unethical Quote Of The Month: Wheaton College”:
This is a clear example of ” if some is good, more is better” fallacy, or in economics terms the inability to assess when diminishing returns set in and eventually go negative. Inclusion is great if it builds knowledge but ultimately, total inclusion tends to faction formation and idea stagnation if the only premise for inclusion is to obtain political power through numbers. As the total number of groups represented grows, the resources to advance individual factions power wants diminish then decrease. Then infighting grows.
The success of the United States was built on individual achievement but the nucleus that holds divergent interests from devolving into chaos is a common ideal of we are one people free of tyranny, and not subject to the tyranny of the many. Out of many, one.
The college advisors have let these student leaders down if they did not counsel them that the extension of their reasoning would eventually lead not to greater inclusion but to ideological exclusion. It is painfully obvious that the SGA wants to exclude someone. You cannot promote inclusivity if it means to exclude those not like you. Being not like you is not genetically or ethnically based. Not like you really means differences in cultural values and experiences.
The college does not bear total responsibility in this matter. Politicians, the media, and peer pressure enforce and reinforce compliance in the diversity movement.
One example of media reinforcement is the “Erase the Hate” campaign in which recognizable celebrities stoke the fires of animus against the rising forces of hate in the U.S. They don’t specifically call out any particular group but the same celebrities are well known for very liberal perspectives. As a result, the message is interpreted as anyone critical of progressive causes is an instigator of hate. This is a dog whistle if there ever was one.
These students should be asked if the truly believe in diversity and inclusion or do they just want to include all people of the same ideological constructs that they hold.