MIT’s president Sally Kornbluth issued a prophylactic virtue statement bracing for the Supreme Court’s widely anticipated ruling that may end affirmative action. This was accompanied by a blog post from MIT’s Dean of Admissions reaffirming MIT’s commitment to continue doing what it claims it never did despite whatever SCOTUS says.
There is no conflict between color-blind meritocracy and race-conscious diversity. We know this is true because powerful people keep saying so. And if you don’t agree, you are a racist. Besides, MIT long ago made it clear that its admissions policy was not to seek out the very best and brightest but to identity applicants that were good enough and then arrange the composition of the incoming class to match identitarian objectives, which are goals but not quotas.
Progress can be scientifically measured using MIT’s carefully curated Diversity Dashboard. What could be more indicative of success than MIT’s plunging population of white students? All of this is now threatened by unelected judges who believe the words in the Constitution mean what they say.
Covering up the continuation of racialist policies that MIT never followed despite being unable to drop the SAT like all those elite liberal arts colleges will be hard. But the Strategic Plan for Belonging, Achievement, and Composition leaves no other choice.