Monday, July 09, 2007

Justice Clarence Thomas is no regular black man

Justice Secures His Place as a Critic of Integration - New York Times
"...he suggested the concept of integration was inherently demeaning to black children because it implied they needed to mix with whites to achieve excellence."
What about the flip-side? Might white children need black children to achieve excellence? I'm no supporter of affirmative action (I believe the best outcomes are derived from giving every one equal opportunity), but I do believe that diversity raises all ships, or something like that.

A child (adults for that matter) who's exposed to and interacts with people not like him has a better chance at excelling because he's been exposed to different viewpoints, perspectives, ways of doing things, etc. And all races and backgrounds, collectively, add up to a smarter populace. I believe the differences in people don't "sum" but rather "sum their absolute values."

Meaning, 1 plus -1 does not equal 0, but rather equals 2.