Merit used to be the benchmark for being selected for a job, but now factors such as skin tone and ethnicity are more important than whether or not one is qualified for a position.
Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, is under fire for assigning a course about Canada’s residential schools to a non-Indigenous professor.
The woman slated to teach the course has expertise in Atlantic Canadian First Nations history, with a specialization in the historical experiences of 20th century Indigenous women, but all that matters in 2018 is her complexion.
She’s not native, so critics want this so-called “settler scholar,” seen as the embodiment of systemic oppression of First Nations, off the academic reservation and it looks like the university might cave.
Welcome to the new world order on campus, a realm in which qualifications mean nothing and who you are or who you think you are, means everything.