Miscellany

The Assumptions of Pro-Equality Arguments

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Nine years later edit (April 18, 2019): This starts off sounding bad, but marks a turning point where I started looking favorably at affirmative action. If I were to write this today, it would be phrased much differently.

More often than not, when I hear someone arguing for better equality, their reason for why equality is ideal is subjective. The words, “How would you feel if…” are often thrown about. “We want…” is the cry of people seeking to lengthen a stick of which they are firmly held at the short end. People who use such tacticts are trying to convince a majority who have never been, are not, and perhaps never will be at the low end of inequality to act in their behalf by appealing to sympathy.

But most people don’t know what it’s like to be trampled on, stuck without enough money for rent or even food, having few if any options for education that would allow them to get out from between the rock and the hard place. I know I don’t. Their appeals to my sympathy have always failed miserably in the face of my apathy. While that’s still true, my opinion on inequality has changed.

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Miscellany

West High’s [Politically Correct] 2009 Jr. Prom

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10 years later edit (March 24, 2019): I’ve learned things since writing this and no longer fully agree with what I posted here. I now understand the need for ensuring diverse inclusion in things in general and totally see the point of the teacher who objected to an all-white prom court.

However, I still don’t feel like adding diverse candidates retroactively was necessarily the way to go here. Were any of those late additions chosen? If they didn’t win the votes for nomination to start with, how could they hope to win enough votes at the event?

I sincerely hope West High has found a way to address the systemic imbalances that led to their all-white prom court in a school boasting such a diverse student body.

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