Mark Davis

Then there is the hijacking of the concept of equality, from the equality of opportunity that encourages and rewards positive behaviors, to a presupposed equality of result, in which attributes and gifts are subjugated to factors we are taught are irrelevant in every other way.

As a child, I was taught that race did not matter, and grew to think and live that way. As an adult, I see no end to the cries of those who desperately need it to matter, as a vehicle for their own continued significance.

Beyond showboats like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are allies who have a stake in a racially divided America, so they work hard to keep it that way, trumping up racism where it does not exist, which surely keeps it residually alive in the form of resentment from those who are fed up with that narrative.

But foremost in the preaching on behalf of race preferences is the mantra of diversity-- the notion that the Supreme Court simply must allow schools to grant or deny points based on race so that students are not sentenced to the nightmare of associating only with the like-skinned.

(Unless, of course, the environment is a historically black college, in which the racial near-unanimity is empowering and uplifting).

In Texas, where I live, it is guaranteed that if our state universities used the same criteria for all races-- and let those include grades, test scores, essays, interviews, life challenges of any sort-- the result would be student bodies featuring every race in some proportion or another.

While I cannot predict what the racial makeup of those classes would be, I proudly proclaim that I do not care. Nor should anyone. If one student body were predominantly white, another predominantly black or Hispanic or Asian or Eskimo, it would not matter one bit in an education marketplace made honest at last.

If we get to that glorious day, no one will ever look at a black face on campus and scoff that race must have been a leg up. Hispanics will have the pride of knowing they have walked through the same tunnel as students of every other race.

This, and not artificially prolonged group privileges, will foster additional racial healing.

As time passes, I am less able to assign good motives to the diversity fetish. Many of its practitioners are less interested in diversity for its own sake than in maintaining the heavy-handed government needed to enforce it.

America is a land of many races and creeds because of a compelling beacon of liberty. Liberty demands neighborhoods, schools and workplaces that reflect the racial makeup of whoever happens to be there, on whatever path they have chosen with whatever talents they bring.

Diversity that occurs naturally is a thing of beauty. But at the swordpoint of government, it becomes a cause for discord that ultimately harms us all.