Alito on Diversity
Even better was Alito's recounting of how diversity "made an enormous contribution" to the law school seminar he taught on civil liberties and terrorism. Of the four examples of diversity he gave, only one involved race or ethnicity. The other three involved viewpoints, personal experiences, and job experience. Schools may not understand that diversity is more than skin deep, and courts may pay little more than lip service to the concept, but Judge Alito's seminar story subtly but effectively made the point.
Finally, for the record, Sen. Feingold was incorrect when he stated that "in Gratz and Grutter, seven of the nine justices – all but Justices Scalia and Thomas – reaffirmed . . . that the state has a compelling interest in promoting diversity in the classroom." The truth is that Chief Justice Rehnquist did nothing of the sort. He took no position on the compelling interest issue.