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July 01, 2004



I really need to read Bainbridge's post and whatever other supporting or contradicting info I can find on this subject before commenting intelligently. But one of the two conjectures with which you conclude the post supports one of my pet peeves: that the age cohort system fostered by our educational system is unrealistic and possibly dysfunctional


You're right. Bainbridge would appear to have overstated his case. However, his real point—the concluding line of his post—may still be correct:

On balance, however, it seems unlikely that workplace diversity can be justified on grounds that it increases firm productivity or profitability. Instead, proponents of diversity requirements ought to rely on other justifications.

Most of the arguments I've seen for racial diversity in the workplace, for example, justice, civil comity, or past discimination are other justifications.

However, his real point—the concluding line of his post—may still be correct:

It looks like Bainbridge updated, because that's no longer the concluding line. (The rest of the post seems to have remained the same.) I'll update as well.

The Critical Race Theory paper that Professor Bainbridge cites in the update and new conclusion to his post is interesting. If I understand the principles of CRT correctly, race is not an immutable feature but a sociological feature that may change over time as a result of changes in attitude and affect by both members of groups previously considered to be of different race as well as changes in attitude and affect of those who hold this view. An example of this would be the Irish in America. Originally, they were not held to be white. This changed as both the attitudes, affect, and behavior of all of the Irish immigrants, their descendants, and the previous native population changed over time.

If this theory has any real validity it would seem to support my reasoning in my main objection to unrestricted immigration into this country. In my view immigration has slowed the rate of assimilation of African Americans into the general populace by providing alternatives who have been more acceptable in skin color or affect to those who harbor such prejudices.

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