Tuesday 19 February 2008 - Filed under Politics
One thing? OK, here’s one thing where the liberal viewpoint can be considered mentally insane: supporting affirmative action while ostensibly opposing discrimination.
Well, affirmative action is corrective. It’s not meant to be a permanent thing. You’ll recall that a lot of the wealth built during the first half of our history here in the USA was built on the backs of slaves. They were not paid for their work. Their work, if you will, was stolen from them. So while white folks were so rich they were giving huge endowments to universities, black people were slaves. Anything about that strike you as unfair?
Now add on top of this that once you are rich, all sorts of opportunities arise for you. When you are poor, you have very little in terms of opportunity. Yes, it is possible and it happens that poor people get rich but that is much, much harder for people who are being harshly discriminated against.
So now put these two things together: white people are richer and have more opportunity so they continue to do well. Black people are poorer and have less opportunity so they don’t do as well. On average.
Now if you think that all men are created equal then it should bother you that, to this day, black people don’t do as well as white people, on average, due solely to the “criminal” way that white people treated black people during our early history up through the civil rights moment, which was yesterday in historical terms. Even today you have employers and landlords that blatantly discriminate against people based on their own racism.
So, yes, I agree: we should live in a world where affirmative action is not necessary. Unfortunately it is necessary because the system has been rigged to favor white people over black people. I hope it is not necessary for much longer.
What is funny to me — when white people face even the most minor discrimination they act like it is high crimes. They are up in arms. Why then are they not up in arms when others are victims of discrimination? Why do they oppose remedies to past, blatant, murderous discrimination?
It’s like we’re running a race and the white folks get to run downhill and the black folks have to run uphill. Affirmative action is a temporary reversal of that situation in an effort to get more proportional representation of race among, what has historically been white-dominated institutions.
Now I understand that you might not agree with my viewpoint here. Do you think it is accurately described as mentally insane?
2008-02-19 » lolife