Law Student’s Change of Heart
I was wrong and I am sorry.
It is with deep shame and sadness that I must disclose to my peers that I have been a part of a movement I no longer believe in. That movement is equity and diversity, and it has taken on a momentum I could not have predicted. Simply put, exclusion and privilege do not exist and I have been tricked into promoting these issues by a biased media, left-leaning academic culture and well-meaning, but lost peers. I took advantage of the capital and currency of social justice warriors, and now I must face the embarrassing consequences.
My first year at Queen’s Law, I became aware that there were parties. Parties with the “in-crowd” and I was not invited. This became the springboard for me to talk about inclusion; race issues became merely a guise. But the reality is that privilege, like self-confidence is there for everyone to take. The sooner people stop talking about it, the more likely disadvantaged groups can claim what is theirs. A recent study found that people respond positively to hearing about diversity from white men, and not minority groups. We do not need studies to tell us what experience at Queen’s Law confirms.
We often speak of allies, but we do not trust them. If white men, who have the advantage of being educated the longest throughout history do not see an issue, maybe it does not exist? If a doctor conducts a medical examination and does not identify any medical issues, we do not blindly accept a patient who self-diagnoses themselves without scientific evidence. Therefore, if white men, experts in privilege, cannot see it, then I wonder on what basis others claim exclusion? How can we at once accept privilege yet not give it the deference it deserves?
To speak about systemic exclusion issues within the legal profession seems out of place. As legal professionals, we are no different than anybody else. Maintaining that we are called to a higher standard of conduct, is either self-congratulatory elitism or a misguided PR effort. Hypothetically, even if racism and other forms of exclusion existed, it is not our responsibility.
The truth is everyone is more or less equal in society, long gone are the days of overt discrimination. This is 2016, not the 1950s. I now realize the real perversity of the age we live in. People have been silenced at this school, just like other social spaces, for speaking out against unpopular views. Diversity advocacy has been corrupted. It is now a platform for people without power to make fun of those with power. Although, I do not agree with Presidential Candidate Trump’s politics, I think he is articulating a legitimate concern among the masses.
The status quo has been legitimately established. It’s the best option the majority could come up with and it is based on merit. Correspondingly, minority views are minority for a reason. They should be kept within the margins, unless their claims can be substantiated and accepted by the majority. We can’t do things merely to appease people who feel excluded. If people feel excluded they have the means necessary to assimilate. The status quo was not spoon-fed the tools to assimilate, they just did it and so can we.
There has always been room at the table, minority groups have just been hovering around, deconstructing the meal while the food gets cold. It is time we sit down and eat.
This piece was written at the request of the Juris Diction Board and is entirely satirical. April Fools!