We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is now a systemic cultural problem. It is not just confined to the Naval Academy.
However the problem here is that our security rests in large part on the competency of our military officers. Incompetence gets people killed. It is that simple. I know all militaries have incompetent officers, but there is nothing quite like stacking the deck against yourself.
For years -- over a century, in fact -- the military academies excluded highly-qualified cadets and middies because they were dark-skinned or female. That deprived our nation of some potentially marvelous officers too.
There are any number of highly qualified potential cadets and middies who also happen to be of color or who have overcome obstacles and are worthy candidates for the academies. "Affirmative action" is supposed to identify such sometimes hidden candidates rather than sweep up quota-fillers.
I know that isn't what's happening, but that's how I was taught about "affirmative action" -- by the military.
Every large corporation has the same problem. Diversity or affirmative action is just another name for quota which was illegal. The diversity czars at every company are like party cadre enforcing any rule they please. The soviet union needed this to control the military and industrial sectors and its how the progressive control business now. Protest and get shut down and sued out of business. Its equal outcome they are after, not equal opportunity.
Diversity is the name of the game, and nobody is allowed to play another game.
My son's roommate left between semesters, and he was assigned a new roommate. I can't spell or pronounce the new roommate's name, because he is a Chinese student. He barely speaks English, apparently.
Yet he was able to write enough English to request that my son clean his room upon return from Christmas break. This, of course, was after the University cleaned the room twice during the break.
My son, upon hearing his roommate was from China, wrote to housing and asked me to call, since we were familiar with another, connected, family who had asked out of a living arrangement and was granted their request.
Housing replied they would not change roommates simply because my son wished to have a roommate who was culturally aligned with him.
I was told that I was "racially and culturally insensitive" and that what I asked them to do was "discriminatory", and they could not make a change on this basis.
I was told my son should learn to deal with other cultures because it makes him more rounded. Fine, I agree with that, but as I said to the Housing authority "If I want him to have a cultural experience, I'll send him to study in China."
I was then told that I should respect this student's wish to study in the US, that he "took a risk coming here" and we should help him feel comfortable. I replied that my son took a risk traveling ten hours to college, and the university had said it would do what it could to make him feel welcome and comfortable, but has instead asked him to make changes in his life for someone else.
Needless to say, I got nowhere.
I'm not discriminatory, and I don't hate the Chinese, in fact I respect and admire them and their culture. But if ever asked would I like one as a roommate, I'd probably say no thank you.
But this is considered an incorrect mode of thought in modern society. This makes me close-minded and lacking in diversity. Not really...in fact, I'd argue my history in business makes me far more welcoming of diverse people and thought than the guy who told me I was insensitive.
But it's OK to be intolerant of what is perceived to be intolerance in today's world.