It’s not a joke. For years, many colleges and universities across the country have silently adjusted their admission standards to give special preference to men.
Administrators claim they are merely trying to keep the “right balance” on campus, since the proportion of male college enrollments has dropped significantly over the past decade.
It was not that long ago, however, that educational institutions championed their efforts to help female applicants overcome discrimination, inequality and a perceived culture of male privilege. Now men are once again being given preference over women. How did we get to this point?
This is the reality of allowing policies that grant preferential treatment based on gender, race and ethnicity. The experience of women lays bare how offensive these policies really are.
For the sake of diversity, we give university bureaucrats the power to determine what our college campuses should look like, even if this means treating people differently — and discriminating — based on gender or skin color.
These arbitrary standards can change at any moment. Just because you are part of the prefered group today, doesn’t mean you won’t be part of the discriminated grouptomorrow. Women are learning this the hard way.
At many educational institutions, it doesn’t matter if individual women are more qualified. Men are now the preferred gender.
When the quest for “diversity” trumps the fundamental guarantee of equal treatment under the law, the promises of newfound opportunity can never be real.
It’s time to stop allowing government and public administrators to decide who get preferences and who get discrimination. Civil rights belong to everyone.
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