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BY DI READERS | APRIL 24, 2014 5:00 AM

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Re: Affirmative action still needed

One, if Sonia Sotomayor’s statement “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race” is true, then how do we get there? Having a conversation with a liberal about race is rarely a good use of time, because most have zero interest in openness and honesty. Their entire goal during the conversation is to shut you down as soon as possible by defining something you said as “racist.”

Can you question why, if affirmative action is to help lift up underrepresented groups in certain areas such as higher education, there are certain racial minorities that aren’t allowed that lift up?

Why, for instance, does an Asian candidate to a college not get any “points” for being Asian, but an African-American candidate does, whether he/she is the poorest child from inner city Chicago or Michael Jordan’s son?

Stop right there; you’re not allowed to ask that question, because that would necessitate recognizing the fact that a large number of individuals in some minority groups, such as Asians, have found a way to succeed in our society, while a large number of individuals in other minority groups, such as African-Americans, have not. And regardless of Sotomayor’s comments about “open and candid” discussion of race, we all know we’re not even allowed to recognize those kinds of facts, because the very recognition of those facts is? You guessed it, racist.

Online user clarkshorneau

In praise of the Slow

It has come to my attention that speed has become the societal standard all over the world. Students at the University of Iowa are pressured to do more in less time. If they had more time or fewer things to do, they would be able to make more quality work. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day, but nonetheless, there has been a raise in the “Slow movement.” The central tenet of the Slow philosophy involves taking the time to do things properly and thereby enjoy them more.

Famous writer Carl HonorĂ© wrote in his book In Praise of Slowness that “spending more time with friends and family cost nothing. Nor does walking, cooking, meditating, making love, reading, or eating dinner at the table instead of in front of television. Simply resisting the urge to hurry is free.”

Society today wants to do more things in less time, creating pressure to get things done quicker. However, that pressure leads to tunnel vision, but people think more creatively when they are calm, unhurried, and free from stress and distractions.

The greatest thinkers in history certainly knew the value of shifting into a lower gear. Milan Kundera spoke about “the wisdom of slowness.” Albert Einstein spent hours just staring into space in his office at Princeton University, and Charles Darwin described himself as a “slow thinker.” The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace — it’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed.

Miguel Angel Torres

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