The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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, 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?

Posted at 9:49 AM to Political Science Fiction

To change metaphors in mid-stream (is this mixing a metaphor, or merely missing one?): because "civil rights" has come to mean racial preferences, the anti-Prop. 54 argument -- that racial data must be collected in order to fight discrimination -- is rather like saying the fox should collect demographic data on the chicken coop in order to protect the chickens, a point I make at greater lenght (but actually not much greater) here:

Posted by: John Rosenberg at 11:17 AM on 28 September 2003