Glenn Reynolds, multiculturalist

He thinks the Obama team lacks “diversity” because it fails to include (white) Southerners.

They told me Obama’s election would result in a new wave of progressive thought: and they were right!

The Instapundit endorses affirmative action:

I’m of two minds on this. Yes, (white) Southerners deserve to feel that they, too have a stake in America, and that the accident of their birth in a region of poverty, ignorance, fundamentalism, high rates of unwed teen pregnancy, and Right-to-Work laws should not prevent them from climbing as high as their talents will take them.

But consider: If we start appointing token Southern whites to positions for which they are unqualified, won’t this just stoke the very prejudices that now limit Southerners’ opportunities, and at the same time generate resentful rage among those placed in positions they’re not really capable of filling, surrounded by people who perceive their incapacity?

It’s possible (I don’t know one way or the other) that at the University of Tennessee Law School Glenn Reynolds passes for an adequate professor. Would it be any real favor to him if, in the name of diversity, he were hired by Harvard?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com