27 September 2003
Screwing for virginity
"We had to destroy the village in order to save it."
Reportedly, this was the rationale given by an American officer for torching a Vietnamese village to keep it from becoming a Vietcong sanctuary.
Rather unexpectedly, I was reminded of this today, in a wholly-different context. In a piece on law.com, Douglas Laycock, writing on the University of Michigan affirmative-action cases, declares:
[Grutter v. Bollinger] found a compelling interest in ensuring that higher education, as the path to leadership in the next generation, be visibly open to applicants of all races and ethnicities.
John Rosenberg translates:
Not just open, but "visibly" open. Thus the irony: in order to highlight the fact that they do not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, universities are empowered ... to discriminate on the basis of race and ethnicity.
Where's my old "Kill for Peace" button?