January 22, 2011

Vision of the Anointed in action

With apologies to Thomas Sowell, of course:

Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting, said this week that reporting of the student assignment issue in Wake County had been too balanced. Goodmon, a vocal supporter of Wake schools' long-standing diversity policy, said that reporters typically talked with each side of the debate and then quit reporting. He compared it to a reporter working on a story about whether the Earth is round or flat. The reporter quotes one academic saying the Earth is flat and another saying it's round. "I've done my job. Film at 11," Goodmon said. He believes deeper reporting would show that the diversity policy is the correct course to take.

Goodmon made his comments Monday at the annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer breakfast. Capitol Broadcasting owns WRAL-TV and its website. He said WRAL reporters are "the best." But he said, "I'm mad at them." (Source.)

The issue at hand shouldn't be unfamiliar to New Castle County, Delaware residents. Wake County, NC, like New Castle, is debating a move to neighborhood schools. Unfortunately, this would pretty much nix a "diversity policy" that has been in place.

And there you have it -- the magic word "diversity." Despite the evidence that the ambiguously nebulous term has no tangible effects on academic achievement, cultural elites like Goodmon and Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert (mentioned in the immediate link above) know that support for anything remotely "diversity" related gets them approving nods from their limousine liberal brethren. I mean, after all, how can one be against diversity, right?? Perhaps when it costs a ton of money, destroys communities and, as noted, provides no tangible benefits, that's how.

But much more disturbing than the predictable Colbert opposition is Goodmon's analogy to Flat-Earthers. Aside from the fact that such a comparison is ridiculously laughable, it's his job position that makes such comments actually dangerous. This isn't a matter of basic, hard scientific facts like the Earth is round; it's a cultural, societal and educational matter with myriad facets that should be debated and discussed as much as possible. Goodmon's position is authoritarian and stifling, and is merely the typical "progressive" penchant for obliterating points of view which dare to challenge their ingrained orthodoxy. And Goodmon could do just that.

Posted by Hube at January 22, 2011 10:03 AM | TrackBack

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Hube, let's just lay it out what liberals believe based upon their "diversity" fetish. Their belief is that minority, especially black, students cannot learn unless they are exposed on a daily basis to a critical mass of white students. Why do they believe this? Because they implicitly accept the notion that the whites are superior to the minority students and are hoping that some of that superiority will rub off on the minorities. Conservatives, on the other hand, believe that every child can learn regardless of race and regardless of who is sitting in the desk next to them, and therefore find "diversity" programs to be a waste of time and money.

Which, of course, makes the conservatives racist.

It also means that if I were a liberal, I would be moving my handful of white students (my school is only 4% white) to a different seat each day in the hope that some of the white would rub off on as many minority classmates as possible.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at January 22, 2011 02:09 PM

But then again, the liberal belief system would also require them to say that the students at my school could not have performed so well on state tests as to get the highest academic ranking in the state -- after all, the school is shockingly lacking in diversity at 91% Hispanic.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at January 22, 2011 02:12 PM

RWR, how do you expect liberals to understand your thought process? You have to simplify it for them....Here is the liberal position on diversity: they are for it and those against are/must be/ can not be anything but racist!

Posted by: cardinals fan at January 22, 2011 05:28 PM

My policy towards such liberals is the same as towards my students -- I refuse to dumb the material down to their level.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at January 22, 2011 06:40 PM

Kudos.

Posted by: cardinals fan at January 22, 2011 11:54 PM

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