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Seeing into the future

Back on April 26, I added a post on the absurdity of race-based hiring.  I directed you “loyal” readers to check out George Will’s column discussing the Ricci case where non-black candidates who passed the promotion test weren’t promoted because no black candidates had passed.   Well guess who ruled on that case:  Barack Obama’s supreme court nominee Judge Sotomayor.  Now, I haven’t made up my mind on her yet but it was a troubling ruling.  Of course, I’m no legal expert and I’ve read reasonable defenses which argue that she was just following the law in this case.  I just happen to passionately reject affirmative action as a positive policy.  

While I was in college I wrote an article for my school’s paper, The Scarlet, arguing against affirmative action as a university policy.  I even got called a racist for it in the paper by another student and was uncomfortably chewed out by one of my professors for writing a horrible “diatribe” and that I couldn’t have a thoughtful opinion on the issue because I hadn’t read all the amicus briefs issued by universities in favor of the practice.  But anyway, that’s another story.  Here’s a taste from my opinion pieces (does anyone know how I could put the entire text online through a link or a “fold” on this site?):

Unfortunately, affirmative action has devolved into this discriminatory practice.  Originally, John F. Kennedy called for “affirmative action to ensure that the applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.”  In other words, there would be no discrimination – “positive” or negative.  Reflect on that for a moment: “applicants are employed […] without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.”
Clark’s social engineer Lynn Olson says she wants to “ensure a fair and equitable recruitment process;” yet, in a fashion reminiscent of Animal Farm, she practices a process that is equitable for some, but more equitable for others.  This fundamentally illiberal process assumes these selected groups cannot succeed without special help.  Of course, that incorrect assumption reeks of condescension.  

[D]ubiously Rea [the student critical of my first piece] claims, while failing to produce any evidence whatsoever, “affirmative action […] begins to correct some injustices that have wrought inequality.” Proponents too frequently rely on assertions rather than evidence. As Mark Twain put it, “evidence is the bones of an opinion,” and Rea’s “cannot stand up.” 

I’m quite proud of my 2 “diatribes” against affirmative action – so if anyone is interested in reading them let me know.

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