'Equity' can get you killed
America’s top medical schools, worried [that] they have too few minority students, are doing something about it. They are lowering academic standards for admission and trying to hide the evidence. Columbia, Harvard, the University of Chicago, Stanford, Mount Sinai, and the University of Pennsylvania have already done so. The list already tops forty, and more are sure to follow.
A 'progressive' would call that progress. But progress is change for the better. Lowering standards is a change for the worse.
'Equity' is an obfuscatory ‘woke’-left coinage the purpose of which is to elide the distinction between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. The tactic is to promote the confusion of equality of opportunity — which everyone is for — with equality of outcome. The two are plainly not the same. Equality of outcome would be good if it came about naturally. Unfortunately, the various hierarchies of life make that impossible without massive governmental interference. For it is a plain fact that individuals and groups are not equal by any empirical measure. People are loathe to admit this because the admission sounds 'racist,' 'sexist,' 'ageist,' 'ableist,' etc., and being fearful, they fear being tagged with these pejoratives. But in a contest between a smear word and Reality, the latter wins in the end.
The achievement of equality of outcome requires equalizing agencies with vast power centered in a Sino-styled Sicherheitsstaat, a security or police state with social credit scores and omni-intrusive surveillance. But note that even then you would not have 'equity,' i.e., equality of outcome, because the equalizers would not be equal in power, position, pelf, and perquisites to the equalized. Would-be socializers, equalizers, and top-down planners typically imagine themselves ending up among the socializers, equalizers, and planners and not among the socialized, equalized, and planned. More importantly, history shows that outcome-equalization from the top down leads to inanition as in the good old USSR the menus of whose restaurants listed many a dish only one of which was available: borscht. Do I exaggerate? By how much?
Leftists are semantic smugglers. They are trying in this instance and in others to pass off something destructive under cover of something appealing. Equality of opportunity, equality of political rights, equality before the law, equality of treatment and the like are values almost all of us accept. So what the stealth-ideological leftist does is to use these attractive wrappings to smuggle into uncritical heads the pseudo-value, or rather disvalue, 'equity,' understood as governmentally enforced equality of outcome or result.
Now my friends: if we we don't punch back hard against this destructive nonsense we are 'screwed,' all of us, and that includes the wokesters themselves, and their usefully-idiotic fellow travellers. The DEI agenda with its erosion of standards and assault on merit can get you killed.
If you haven't had enough of this disgusting topic, here is an exchange between Bill Maher and Bernie Sanders in which B. S. demonstrates what a mendacious specimen he is. He knows full well what ‘equity’ amounts to but he won’t admit it. ‘B. S.’ shows that even initials can be aptronymic.