Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Summers Deserves a Prize 

The controversy over what the President of Harvard said will not die down. Today, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post writes about how thoroughly revolting he finds Summer's remarks now that the transcript has been released. After I read what turns off Mr. Robinson I think we should look to Mr. Summer as a hero. Here are his words:

When major diversity efforts are mounted, and consciousness is raised, and special efforts are made, and you look five years later at the quality of the
people who have been hired during that period, how many are there who have
turned out to be much better than the institutional norm who wouldn't have been
found without a greater search. And how many of them are plausible compromises
that aren't unreasonable, and how many of them are what the right-wing critics
of all of this suppose represent clear abandonments of quality standards.

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