Can we really escape the irony of some parts of the diversity movement? Seriously, step back away from it and ask yourself how we can simultaneously label racial and ethnic segregation as a bad thing--and it is sometimes--and then ask for more racial and ethnic segregation on campus?
Well, I’ve been looking for evidence on these things and what did I find? This article empirically shows that “ethnic enclaves” found on university campuses create increased social distance between groups. For whites these enclaves come in the form of frats/sororities, while for blacks they come in the form of “cultural centers,” frats/sororities, and some academic programs.
It seems that by talking to people JUST LIKE US creates further animosity, resentments, and distortions.
There is strong evidence that shows that humans desire being around others like themselves. There are important evolutionary reasons for this but the impulse for similarity is strong.
That said, we do not grow or learn or expand when we hang out with people JUST LIKE US.
I don’t have an axe to grind against Greek life or even against cultural centers. I’m sure there are benefits to each, including group cohesion, increased in-group trust, and social networking.
I think diversity operates best when it is organic. When people trust each other enough to talk freely, to joke around, to share, then most barriers can be broken down. Trust, however, is the ingredient most often overlooked by diversity advocates.
Here is the article:
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology