Tuesday, September 30, 2003

How it could be here 

Some faculty and students ask me what it would take for us to be happier. I don't expect much from faculty, but what I hope for are things like the toughness our College Republicans showed during the Israeli flag affair last year. Another great example is happening at the University of Virginia. John Rosenberg at Discriminations is providing continuing coverage here, here, here and here. Erin O'Connor suggests why most students will blow it off:
most people will decide to compromise themselves in order to get past this requirement and get registered. Most will decide that it doesn't matter all that much that the school is attempting to dictate belief, and most will decide that it's no big moral deal to give the online test the answers it obviously wants them to give in order to pass. Beliefs about race may not be altered by a superficial and transparently agenda-driven online program. But the belief that one's conscience is sacrosanct, and that institutional attempts to impose on one's conscience--however obvious, however well-intended, however poorly conceived--are inexcusable and must be resisted will inevitably be eroded. UVa's mandatory diversity training is more likely to teach lessons in moral expediency than in racial tolerance.
That's why students like our CRs are to be admired. They said 'no' from the start.