Yes, the ability for minorities to change their circumstances is amazing. Really, I’m not arguing that this isn’t this case. What I am arguing is that affirmative action (I’m just going to refer to it as “AA” from now) was not specifically what was neccesary. Every dictionary I’ve checked defines AA as, “n. A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.”
AA was orignally called for as a punishment for those that did discriminate. This is what was necesary: a rule that would punish those that refused work, etc based on race. Humans react to consequences, not quotas, so this was perfect. However, this was twisted into something else: not as a punishment, but as a forced guideline for keeping a diverse work-force. While this was good also, it would have best been used as very short term thing, surging diversity in the work force followed by investigation if the company’s numbers dropped.
Unfortunately it was twisted further, however, and just a short after it’s debut it had turned into some sort of reperation treatment. So much so that now the shoe is on the other foot and now white people are being partially discriminated (though it is true that is has come nowhere neat as bad – not even the same ball park).
Are you aware that it is illegal to form anything remotely resembling a “White Club”? There’s the Asian Club, the Latino Club, the Black Student Union, etc. Why not a white club? Out of curiosity, I once questioned an administrator on this this and their response was, “Because it’s racist.” My immediate thought was, “How so? There’s all these other clubs, and its not like they club would exclude people, the Asian Club or others don’t.” I didn’t say these aloud because I rather did not want to get into an argument like this with someone with the power to give me a referal. The same with scholarships. When applying for scholarships in the past, I found several whose requirements, word for word, stated, “-of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or a women.” Basically no white men. Also in Texas, a man was also beaten up and dragged behind a truck for making a scholarship for men of European descent. I can’t recall if he survived.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, AA kept it about race. It shouldn’t matter that it was a black man that was killed, it should matter that it was a man that was killed. AA was right, at first. Awesome idea. Brilliant, but in the end, shifted to something that was wrong. This is the new rut we find ourselves in. One that leaves everyone in the constant struggle to figure out which race is more equal. This is the main reason why AA needs to be removed, in addition to what you mentioned.
I’m not saying that the government should have done nothing about the situation of the times. I am saying that AA was the wrong thing to do. Historically, it was probable that the situation would have resolved itself in time. The point of gevernement intervention is to speed up this process, not move onto a side track that “appears” to be better. It might not have been apparent at the time, but something so much better could have happened. A real solution could have been found, not a court phrase adopted and twisted to help society, but a real solution to the real problem. So back to my question:
It is impossible to change the past, so our best bet to work on the future. The change in society that everyone has dreamed of, but been too scared to realize. Unfortunately, people are afraid of change. “I am content with the present, the present works.” These are the thoughts of the modern man or woman, not uncaring to the injustuce surrounding her, but more scared that the change of it will adversely affect her or that which she loves. As I said before, Humans are beings of consequence, not quota. The removal of Affirmative Action would be the first of many steps down this road, a real attempt to get humanity back on track.