Would you kindly explaing why something I do to you is intolerable while your doing the same thing to me is laudable? Or more specificly, why if I do it to you, it’s racism whereas if you do it to me it’s affirmative action, definitely not racism? I admit to confusion here. So does eminent columnist Thomas Sowell in: Racial Quota Fallout.
Patron saint of anti-racism Martin Luther King dreamed of brotherhood and mutuality, not revengeful reverse racism; he didn’t advocate affirmative action. I have been told that consistency “is the bugaboo of small minds” as Emerson apparently said but humor me a moment: One of the things that annoyed you was my guys setting me ahead of you in line for jobs, education, promotion and such, right? You said it was unfair, wrong. The Supremes finally backed your position. Today, that’s the majority view by far.
So why do you and your opportunistic politicians (mostly like me, not like you, you notice) appear to feel entitled half a century after equality was mandated, to permanent, ongoing reverse racism revenge under affirmative action? If it was unfair done to you, isn’t it unfair done to me? And you many not like this, but isn’t it also filling a lot of slots with folks less qualified to fill them than others being turned away? How does that help society?
I’ll get off my soapbox with this one observation: Back when the slaves were newly free, they weren’t the most respected level of society, for sure. However, they had no monopoly on that, to name only three other such, the Mexicans, the Indians and the imported Chinese railroad laborers were treated pretty much the same. Gradually, government moved in to help the Indians and your folk. So what do we see now?
Well, the Indians are either living in concentration camps dancing in the dust for tourists or they’ve disappeared into the larger society. The Mexicans are now Americans and their descendants are for instance, running New Mexico and bewailing the poor scholarship of the offspring of more recent arrivals. Your folk, with the most favoritism and help, have lost your cohesive families, your pride and your work ethic while producing the highest rate of single moms bereft of hope. And those poor, trodden-on Chinese (who were officially excluded from the country for years as undesirables) what of them? I suspect you know. The Asians, who had no help and were ignored by the government, now lead all the races in scholarship, economic level, business and about anything you can name. One of them is even an awe-inspiring basketball player.
Makes that reverse racism look not only ineffectual but downright expensive, right?