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The most diverse ticket is the Students 4 Michigan ticket, Nicole Stallings and Justin Paul: an African-American woman and a Caucasian-American man. (“From what I can tell”) In my AU posts, I have often said that the Michigan Daily should have a woman and/or minority editor-in-chief as soon as possible; I also thought this about MSA, although I may not have bothered explicitly to post that idea. So, whichever party students vote for, it is nice that S4M, the “incumbent” party on the Assembly, was forward-looking enough to choose an African-American young woman for the top spot.
Not that any of the other parties is a slouch re diversity, either; in alphabetical order: Defend Affirmative Action Party (DAAP) has not only a fine dedication to affirmative action, but also a diverse top ticket, two women, Monica Smith (Afr.-American) and Kate Stenvig (Cauc.-American); Michigan Progressive Party (MPP) has a woman and a man, Rese Fox (Cau.-Am.) and Walter Nowinski (Cau.-Am.); and Student Conservative Party (SCP) has a man and a woman, Ryan Fantuzzi (C-A) and Tommi Turner (C-A). (“From what I can tell”) Not a single top ticket is lacking a woman! Good!!
Of course, there’s much more than diversity to think about; e.g., a 50 Cent/Ann Coulter or Ludacris/Eva Braun ticket would have “perfect” gender and racial diversity, but would have…”other problems”. Diversity is a definite plus, though.
(There is ideological diversity, too; one conservative-leaning party has “Choice on Coke” or something—plus a foul-mouthed “No BS” or something—on their big poster in the Diag…)
As before, of course, this author is endorsing no candidate or party at all. . . . .
—David Boyle Mar. 17 '06 - 01:07AM #
Walter, if I am conteptuous of the truth, why does your executive candidate slate for both MSA and LSA-SG slates all white?
—Stuart Wagner Mar. 18 '06 - 03:07PM #
Does anyone actually think that the tokenization of minorities helps minorities?
Because, when we play this stupid little “How many minority executives is YOUR party offering?” game, all we’re doing is objectifying candidates as racial tokens.
Same goes for David’s obsession with a female, minority EIC at the Daily.
—Suhael Mar. 18 '06 - 07:23PM #
Anyone care about the platforms of the four MSA parties? Boyle, do you have any expert analysis on that? I’m glad you’re not endorsing a candidate, though; it would probably swing the election.
—Mark Mar. 18 '06 - 08:12PM #
No tokenization of minorities here. I’d be happy to see Barack Obama in the White House; I think he is qualified, but it is also nice that he, as an African American, would enhance diversity among American presidents.
Thank you on the non-endorsement issue: see also my coming post!
—David Boyle Mar. 18 '06 - 08:30PM #
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