Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Reality-based education

Via Michael Goldfarb, the Carnagie Mellon student newspaper, the Tartan, offers this picture of higher learning:

While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned thepractices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama. The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”

“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”

And so one college student comes to grips with the true meaning of "diversity."


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