Ah, affirmative action. I’d forgotten about it. It just doesn’t come up much in my life. There are some institutions private and public with policies of inclusion that set a minimum amount of hiring or selection of women or people of color, or other traditionally oppressed or marginalized peoples. It’s a classique bogeyman of racists, to the extent you can hear it called “affirmative blaction” (get it?) by the wrong uncles.
Anyway, somebody remembered it exists and acquired a raft of assholes to sign on a statement against it, posing as an academic paper. The beef, as usual, is that there may be talented cishetwhitebros who are being excluded from these institutions and privileges because a lower-scoring person who met certain demographic requirements was forced into place by critical race theory jewish social marxists or whatever they’re called.
It’s hardly worth arguing about, but it occurred to me, in looking at this trash fire, that I would rather have a person with a significant cognitive impairment in charge of a scientific endeavor than any of the people who signed to that paper – if the cognitively impaired person was capable of honest inquiry, of accounting for their own biases in their work. Why is that such a rare quality in this world? At least among those privileged to be holding the bullhorn.
Very tiring. I take a nap now.