Aug 25, 2022
In most people’s vocabularies, “equity” is a positive word signifying fairness or even-handedness. In the vocabulary of today’s woke social justice warriors, though, equity can signify something far from benign.
Writing in First Things, a pseudonymous critic contends that the equity principle has been weaponized by activists to advance their agenda. According to this author—an attorney writing under the presumably self-protective pen name “Frank Resartus”—the idea that drives what he calls “the coercive equity regime” is this: “Any disparity in outcome between groups, whether defined by race, ethnicity, religion, or sex (or more recently, sexual practices and gender identification) is evidence of injustice.”
According to “Resartus,” the principal targets of the equity principle are heterosexual white Christians. But they aren’t the only ones.
This fall the Supreme Court once again will test the viability of equity as it relates to college admissions in cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina). The court has set October 31 as the date for oral arguments in the cases, which already have attracted widespread notice.