Friends, Americans, Lend him your ear.
He comes not to praise Affirmative Action, but to bury it.
Victor Davis Hansen | Works and Days
May 16th, 2011 – 1:01 pm
2011, not 1970?
We have had about a half-century of racial preferences and often unspoken but real quotas for hiring and admission based on racial identity. If the original intent was to level the playing field for African-Americans and Latinos, who had been subject to systematic and often gratuitously mean discrimination throughout much of the American South and Southwest, nonetheless the current rationale for sustaining
affirmative action has become a veritable nightmare of contradictions, biases, and incoherence that is now well beyond reform. Conservatives mostly believe this; an increasing number of liberals quietly think it.
In summary, I think we’re agreed that Racism was a very real problem, that vestiges of it remain to this day but have become so socially unacceptable as to be an offense which dare not whisper it’s name, and that the charge is now commonly leveled to shut off discussions which have become uncomfortable for the left.
What then of Affirmative Action? Are its predicates still applicable? Does its remedy solve a problem, or perpetuate one?
Does it make sense to have variable standards based on race? Do not such variable standards perpetuate the belief that the color of one’s skin is indeed more important than the content of one’s character? Have we debased the coin of accomplishment by jiggering the scales to ensure equality of outcome?
Wrong is Wrong — Always
But no amount of explication and good intentions can mask an obsolete idea, whose time has come and gone. Its contradictions outlined above are not aberrant, but logical given the eternal truth that it is wrong to judge humans on their outward appearance or racial heritage — always.
Indeed. Racism is the action of pre-judging and predicating behavior or attitudes on the basis of race, which itself has become an ill defined and essentially meaningless concept.
Read the whole of VDH’s essay, and ask yourself if we should continue to institutionalize racial prejudice.