Merit versus wokeness: Universities must choose

Complaining without offering a solution (beyond ceasing financial support to the offending institution) is not enough, and we would like to suggest a way for MIT to return to our good graces. We suggest adoption of the following Principles of Fairness:


Facts are not racist. Stating facts is not racism.

A person’s ethnicity or skin color does not make him or her a racist, oppressor, or victim.

Intellectual ability and achievement are the principal requirements for admission to our (or any) university and for faculty hiring and promotions.

Diversity of opinions is desired and supported.

A just, democratic society requires equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal responsibility. It does not require equal outcomes.

Adherence to the statements above must not be sacrificed for political, social, or public relations considerations.

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