Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Affirmative Action

"Affirmative action is also an embarrassment for minorities who do not need or want to be measured by a lower standard. A black female student I taught in 1993 summed it up best by saying that although she had been admitted to college on the basis of outstanding grades and test scores, no one believed her. Whites just assumed she was there because of affirmative action. Once a class of people is given credit for something its members did not achieve, individuals in that class forfeit credit for the things they actually did." - Mike Adams

In other words, affirmative action does NOT solve the problem of racism. It adds to it, with the implication that the beneficiaries of affirmative action are somehow incapable of great accomplishments without a little help.

By the way, I recommend Mike Adams' editorial today, which is where the quote above is from.


William R. Barker said...

Adams writes...

"But maybe widespread lying is the best solution to the problem of affirmative action. If our students would all wake up one day and decide to start checking the box for "African American" on every university form, our affirmative action programs would break down altogether. Then maybe we could replace "race consciousness" with the colorblindness Martin Luther King envisioned. My idea of lying about race to get ahead is really not original. In fact, it's one I plagiarized from Professor Ward Churchill."

Actually... I know for a fact that the idea goes further back than Ward Churchill. I did it back in high school and college. (*GRIN*)

The beauty is... who can they - in a LEGAL sense that is - prove you wrong???

As far as I know we don't have Nuremberg-like race identifying laws in America nor are the old Southern State race "classifications" still on the books. (*SMIRK*)

And don't forget... (*SMILE*)... Bill Clinton was the first black president! (*GRIN*)


EdMcGon said...

I must admit, it is an intriguing idea. If someone really wanted to stretch the truth a bit, they could justify it by simply stating that homo sapiens started on the African continent, hence we are ALL African Americans. ;)