But social justice education is merely a symptom of an even deeper perversion of academic values: the cult of race and gender victimology a k a “diversity.” The diversity cult is driven by one overwhelming reality: the seemingly intractable achievement gap between whites and Asians on the one hand, and blacks and Hispanics on the other. Radical feminism, as well as LGBT advocacy, are also deeply intertwined with diversity and social justice thinking on campus and off. But race is the main impetus. Liberal whites are terrified that the achievement and behavior gaps will never close. So they have crafted a totalizing narrative about the supremacist white norms and racism that allegedly hold back black achievement.
Objectivity, a strong work ethic, individualism, a respect for the written word, perfectionism and promptness are among the “white norms” that diversity and social-justice theory seek to deconstruct. In New York City, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is inflicting social justice ideology on local schools. Any act of self-discipline or deferred gratification is now simply a manifestation of white supremacy.