Affirmative Action is an open-ended solution to a problem that has already been
fixed. The blatant discrimination that existed fifty or a hundred years ago
is all but completely gone, but this "solution" is here to stay. Now the tables are turned, and a
system of racial quotas and (constantly expanding) reverse discrimination appears to
be in place permanently.
When you look at a list
of federal government agencies, departments, bureaus, divisions and directorates,
one thing you'll notice right away is the number of offices and agencies
dedicated to career advancement for certain people based on their gender or
ethnicity. Every facet of the government seems to include an office for the
promotion of workplace diversity, equal employment opportunity, minority resources,
or disadvantaged business utilization. These are all code words for
discrimination against able-bodied white males. In some cases
a single office is in charge of equal employment opportunity and workplace
diversity. But it is logically impossible to implement diversity without
Workplace diversity adds nothing to productivity. The Japanese economy is thriving, yet Japan has
the least diverse work force in the world. God originated workplace diversity at the Tower of
Babel — as punishment! — and stopped the entire project overnight.
If I were the only person who disagreed with the racial discrimination now known as "affirmative action",
this page would be pointless. And if every one of the articles listed on this page had been written
by a caucasian, you could easily dismiss it as a the ranting of bigots. But in fact many
of these authors are themselves black and/or female, or represent some other minority. Some
have PhD's, and they all write very convincingly.
York Public Schools Prefer Illiterate Teachers. As bad as New York public schools are presently, they are about
to get a lot worse. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that, "New York education officials are poised to scrap a test
designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers..." Now why would the New York
Education Department do such a thing? Care to take a guess? If you guessed racism, you win the prize. Actually
there is no prize other than the satisfaction that you have an understanding of the liberal mind — where if all is
not right with their world, the fault must be due to racism. They claim that scrapping the "Academic Literacy Skills Test"
is necessary "because an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing it." [...] By some miracle, the tests
appeared to doing what they were designed to — separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. But the
problem is that the chaff is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.
Has More Privilege Than Barack Obama? Obama was not born into substantial wealth, but his family on both sides was well
connected, providing a traditional advantage that allowed him entry into elite society. This old-style leg up then combined with
modern leftist ethnic-racial privileges, overwhelmingly present in academia and the media, to advance Obama at every turn. This
created a powerful cocktail of built-in benefits that gave Obama almost every conceivable benefit of the doubt while at the same time
allowing him to claim victim status. More than anything else, it is this dynamic that explains his rise and his selfishness.
It also clarifies Obama's heavy narcissism, bullying behavior, and utter lack of graciousness. Without these privileges, Obama
Regrets from the LOSer's Presidency. It is not certain that Barack Obama is the first president with African
progenitors on adjacent branches of the ancestral tree. It is absolutely certain that he is the first president in
American history who shot to the presidency on the rocket of race-based preferentialism. Mr. Obama became
commander-in-chief without ever evidencing knowledge or even respect for the U.S. military because throughout his education
and career, he enjoyed astronomical preferences above his peers, even above more qualified competitors, due not to his
achievements, but to his bronzish mug. He in turn chose his wife and his attorneys general from his cohort
beneficiaries of the peculiar institutions of affirmative action, the racialist hypersensitivity and preferencing that arose
in the 1960s.
Action the New Noblesse Oblige? The idea of a privileged class bestowing gifts and benefits to lower
classes — their economic and social inferiors, by definition — rubs against our egalitarian
principles. It's an implicitly condescending attitude, but that's not the worst part. Noblesse oblige was
despised in Revolutionary France because it inhibited social progress. As the peasantry pushed for meaningful reforms
that might transform the state of their condition, French patricians patted themselves on the back for bestowing kindness on
the poor peasants, remaining oblivious to their actual grievances. There seems to be a bit of a parallel here to
affirmative action policies in the United States.
Order Law Enforcement Agencies to HIRE Criminals as Cops. The Obama administration has taken its liberal,
forced-diversity campaign to law enforcement with the administration's latest request that law enforcement agencies
dramatically lower their standards to get more people from "underrepresented communities" hired.
Answer to Black-on-Cop Murder. Racial resentment and hostility against white people have been an institution in this country
for at least 40 years. Every affirmative action program — in Europe they call it positive discrimination — has two sides:
Give black people special preferences for jobs, schools, contracts... you name it. But the other side, the darker side, is a story of
how black people are relentless victims of relentless white racism — all the time, everywhere, that explains everything. This fairy
tale of white racism has saturated every nook and cranny of our public and private lives and done enormous damage. And now it is
coming home to roost in the form of black-on-white hostility that is mainstream and easy to find.
The Fraud Goes On.
Supreme Court decisions in affirmative action cases are the longest running fraud since the 1896 decision upholding racial
segregation laws in the Jim Crow South, on grounds that "separate but equal" facilities were consistent with the
Constitution. Everybody knew that those facilities were separate but by no means equal. Nevertheless, this
charade lasted until 1954. The Supreme Court's affirmative action cases have now lasted since 1974 when, in the case of
"DeFunis v. Odegaard," the Court voted 5 to 4 that this particular case was moot, which spared the justices from
having to vote on its merits. While the 1896 "separate but equal" decision lasted 58 years, the Supreme Court's
affirmative action cases have now had 42 years of evasion, sophistry and fraud, with no end in sight.
Speaker Crisis and the Rape of the 'Typical American'. Since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s
typical Americans have been told to sit down and shut up. First was the need to provide Affirmative Action for the
victims of slavery, although plenty of other Americans had suffered dreadful exploitation and oppression before coming to the
Land of the Free. Then the typical American had to wait while high-status women were integrated into the workforce and
had broken the notorious glass ceilings. Centuries of patriarchy and the Double Standard had marginalized well-born women
from the chance to work in a cubicle and from experiencing their inner CEO.
Did White Men Become The Bad Guys in America? White people (men included) are the only group in the country
that is discriminated against via Affirmative Action by official government policy. In all fairness, Asians are also
discriminated against by universities that often wave them off in favor of less qualified applicants from different racial
groups, but there's no widespread cultural assault against Asian Americans. To the contrary, when it comes to white
men, outright hatred based on our skin color is commonplace.
Times Bosses Warn Managers: Meet Diversity Goals or Get Fired. Washington Post media blogger Erik
Wemple reports that The New York Times is getting very serious about diversity goals in recruiting, hiring, and
promoting. Chief Executive Mark Thompson raised eyebrows at a gathering of managers on the business and news sides of
the newspaper. According to three Wemple sources, "Supervisors who fail to meet upper management's requirements in
recruiting and hiring minority candidates or who fail to seek out minority candidates for promotions face some stern
consequences: They'll be either encouraged to leave or be fired."
Whether they're qualified or not... Hillary:
My Cabinet Will Be 50% Women. Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
promised that her Cabinet would be 50% women if she is elected president during a town hall on MSNBC on Monday [4/25/2016].
Conservatives, Men, and White People Are Not Responsible For Your Problems. White people are obsessively lectured about white privilege, usually by
very privileged black professors and television personalities who apparently have no sense of irony. We hear endlessly about the supposed perils of white
racism in a nation that just elected the first black president while it's the official policy of the government to discriminate against white Americans based on
their skin color via affirmative action.
Police boosted academy diversity by ignoring background checks, suit says. A veteran state trooper alleges in a whistleblower
lawsuit she was retaliated against by her superiors after raising objections that police academy background checks were compromised because
of pressure to increase racial diversity among State Police ranks. Acting Sgt. Jaclyn Jiras, who spent five months working as a
background investigator at a time the division was being scrutinized for its lack of black cadets, claims she was reassigned and denied a
promotion when she flagged applicants with troubled legal histories and criminal backgrounds.
Diversity Chief Violates Rules, Gives Leftist Groups $300k to Promote Agenda. To meet the Obama administration's goal of "implementing a
robust diversity strategy" at the Department of Defense (DOD), the agency's director of diversity violated government rules by distributing hundreds of
thousands of dollars to controversial leftist groups. [...] Among the recipients is the notorious open borders group League of United Latin American
Citizens (LULAC), Minority Access Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit committed to decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental
injustices, and the renowned National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Others include the Society of American Indian
Government Employees and the Asian American Government Executive Network. In all, the Pentagon's Office of Diversity Management and Equal
Opportunity (ODME) gave these and other groups north of $300,000, according to a DOD Inspector General report released this month. These are
considered "affinity" groups involved with networking or professional associations that are often race, ethnic background or gender based, according
to the report.
'diversity' diktat is a giant gift to lawyers. If you're a white male looking for a job, your search just got
harder. Claiming women aren't getting paid enough, President Obama wants to make it easier to accuse employers of gender
discrimination and hit them with class-action lawsuits. A new regulation proposed on Friday [1/29/2016] will require all
employers with 100 or more workers to report how much their workforce is paid, broken down by race and gender. The rule,
slated to go into effect in September 2017, will cause headaches for employers and anyone — man or woman —
who works hard and expects to get ahead based on merit. The winners are federal bean counters, class-action lawyers and the
Democratic Party, which is playing up the gender "wage gap" as usual during this election year. Never mind that the gap
is largely fiction.
quota-driven drive to make flying more perilous. Air-traffic controllers are far too important to Americans'
safety to be subjected to unconstitutional race-based hiring in the name of "diversity." It's a shame the Federal Aviation
Administration doesn't see it that way. [...] That the agency responsible for maintaining the safety of thousands of aircraft
that transverse the United States each day, not to mention the millions of Americans on-board, would abandon a time-tested
procedure for hiring the nation's best and brightest in the name of diversity is shocking, but not surprising, given the
administration's obsession with race.
who failed FDNY physical test 6 times given another chance. A woman who six times failed the physical test to
become an FDNY firefighter is being given another chance — and this time, critics say, the fix is in. "She'll
graduate, no question," said an FDNY member. "The department doesn't want another black eye." Wendy Tapia was allowed to
conditionally graduate from the Fire Academy on May 17, 2013, even though she had failed the running test. After swearing
her in, the FDNY gave Tapia five more chances to run the required 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less, but she couldn't do it.
She quit — never having worked a tour of duty.
next affirmative action group will be Muslims. Barack Obama continues to fundamentally transform and tilt our nation to
favor one of his favorite groups — Muslims — at the expense of everyone else. Early in his presidency, Barack
Obama's plans to control the Census Bureau unleashed a firestorm of criticism. The White House in a radical move ordered the Census
Bureau to work directly with Barack Obama aides. Since the 2010 census would play a key role in drawing House districts and electoral
votes at least until 2020 there was criticism that Obama's moves, supported by other Democrats, would be used for partisan purposes to
empower Democrats. But there may have been ulterior motives, as there so often are when it comes to Democrat machinations.
The Wall Street Journal reports that moves are afoot to create a new way to empower Muslims who live in America: [...]
Action: Race to the Bottom. On Dec. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to racial
preferences in college admissions. These preferences obviously hurt whites and Asians turned down to make room for less
qualified minorities. Ironically the preferences also harm many Hispanics and African-Americans — the very
students that are supposed to be helped. No wonder campuses are roiled with racial tension. It's high time the
court put a stop to racial preferences entirely.
The most obvious beneficiary of "affirmative action" yet: Guest
Writer Says Obama 'Should Be Forced to Resign'. [Scroll down] The fact is, Obama continues to serve for
no other reason than the color of his skin. As a black man, he relies on the collective guilt of white liberals to engage in
whatever "high crimes and misdemeanors" he feels are necessary to his political agenda. It is indisputable that, if he were a
white man, he would have been removed from office long ago.
At last, the one day of the year when black federal employees can't be fired for any reason! Black U.S. leaders call for Abolition Day
holiday. A group of black U.S. lawmakers and other prominent figures on Tuesday [11/24/2015] called on the federal government
to declare a national holiday to mark Abolition Day, the official end to the nation's use of slavery. Members of the Congressional
Black Caucus as well as a federal appeals judge and the NAACP released a petition asking for the holiday to fall on Dec. 6, which
this year marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment.
Tech Jobs and Female
Privilege. Overall, women received 18 percent of Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degrees in
2013, yet were 26% of the computing workforce in 2014. Women make up 30% of the workforce at tech giant Apple; at
Intel, they represent about 24%; 22% of leaderships positions at Google are held by women. Compared to their rates
of participation in STEM majors in college, women also receive disproportionately higher job offers in IT, engineering and
physics. [...] Intel is upping the ante, adding additional incentives including referral bonuses that are double for women
candidates than male. 25% of Intel's workforce is female; moreover, 35% of its recent new hires were women, both well
above the rates at which they are awarded computer-related degrees. This affirmative action decays into reverse
discrimination when they introduced a quota system to draw 40% of recruits in 2015 from underrepresented groups.
A Black Skin Privilege Tax?
The term "affirmative action" was first introduced by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, and developed and enforced for the first
time by President Lyndon Johnson. "This is the next and more profound stage of the battle for civil rights," Johnson insisted. "We
seek... not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result." The idea behind affirmative action was
a well-intentioned effort to level the so-called playing field, primarily in the arenas of jobs and education. Just as important,
it was supposed to be a temporary remedy. More than five decades later that temporary remedy is still with us.
Moreover that level playing field has tipped decidedly in favor of minorities, and its subsequent permutations have roiled the nation,
beginning with the 1978 Supreme Court case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. The Court ruled 5-4 that the
inflexible quota systems that resulted in white medical school applicant Allan Bakke being rejected in favor of less qualified minority
applicants were impermissible. Nonetheless the Court maintained the legality of affirmative action per se.
PsyWar Principles to Stop Clinton and Biden. We now have people who advocate the election of Hillary Clinton
for the sole purpose of giving the country its first female president, much as Barack Obama's election underscored the fact
that affirmative action means hiring, appointing, or electing people for the color of their skin rather than the content of
Killing the Left: Let's Help Him. From the outset of this administration it has been
clear that "diversity" (which to Obama means advancing the careers of every one of his cronies at
the expense of non-Hispanic whites and males) over competence has been a major goal. And each week
we see how much that harms national needs and shatters national unity. This week's big domestic
fail, amusingly spun as "data exfiltration" of the over 21 million personnel files at the OPM,
reveals the utter incompetence of Obama's select OPM (Office of Personnel Management) head, Katherine
Achuleta, who finally was axed.
OPM hack disaster crystallizes Obama administration incompetence. Katherine Archuleta
resigned as head of the Office of Personnel Management yesterday [7/10/2015], but the effects of her
spectacular incompetence will harm the United States for many years to come. Her rise and fall
symbolically and substantively capture the essence of the Obama administration approach to
its grave responsibilities, and its failure to meet them. Archuleta's appointment to the
position she occupied — in essence, human resources director for the largest employer in
America — was a classic three-fer, in the cynical parlance of contemporary affirmative
action. She is a woman! She is Hispanic! She is (or was) politically connected and
reliable! You see, her prior work experience was on the Obama campaign.
to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test. The FDNY for the first
time in its history will allow someone who failed its crucial physical fitness test to join the
Bravest, The [New York] Post has learned. Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday [5/5/2015] from the
Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks
performed in full gear with a limited air supply, an insider has revealed. "They're going to allow the first
person to graduate without passing because this administration has lowered the standard," said the insider, who
is familiar with the training.
The Editor says...
I doubt if she will last very long as a fire fighter, since she will probably get very little assistance from
her fellow rookies, and none at all from the old timers. Then when she is fired, she will naturally file
a discrimination lawsuit.
first: Recruit fails fitness test but she's joining FDNY anyway, report says. A recruit will be
allowed to join the New York Fire Department, despite failing a grueling physical fitness test, according to the
New York Post. The Post reports that Rebecca Wax, 33, will graduate from the Fire Academy on Tuesday [5/5/2015],
and will become the first firefighter to have failed the Functional Skills Training test. The test requires
potential recruits to climb six flights of stairs, break down doors and drag dummies with little visibility, limited
air and not a lot of time, among other tasks, according to the Post.
firefighter injured after just 10 days into new job. A firefighter who was allowed to graduate the Fire Academy
despite failing physical tests has already gone out on medical leave — just 10 days into the job, The [New York]
Post has learned. Probationary firefighter Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder injured herself Monday while conducting a routine
check of equipment at Queens' Engine 308 in South Richmond Hill. Getting off the truck, Doirin-Holder missed a step and
landed on her left foot, suffering a fracture, sources said. It was her second shift after a transfer from Engine 301.
In training for a hazmat assignment, officers found her struggling to perform the required tasks.
Loretta Lynch Race Game. Saturday's [4/18/2015] Washington Post front page
carries on its recent tradition of fanning racialist flames without substantial regard to fact or
context. The header reads: "Race creeps into debate over stalled nomination for attorney
general" and the first graph notes that "African American and other civil rights leaders" are
infuriated that Loretta Lynch's confirmation as attorney general has been held up because
of — you guessed it — racism. Responding to the president's dog whistle,
National Action network and multimillionaire tax scofflaw Al Sharpton says he's going on a three-day
hunger strike to force consideration of her nomination. Be our guest, Al.
Never mind her race, sex. An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta
Lynch for attorney general: Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist? As an
African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans
of sub-rosa hatreds. The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality —
membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which
accusation of bias to make.
The Editor says...
Affirmative Action advances in only one direction, and has now reached the point where black females
not only can't be fired, they can't be not hired.
The most destructive affirmative action case of all: Obama's
Black Skin Privilege. Everyone knows it is true, and no one has the courage to say it. The American people
are letting Barack Obama destroy this country through illegal executive orders for one reason and one reason only.
End of Affirmative Action. Sometimes doctrines just vanish, once they appear as naked as the proverbial
emperor in his new clothes. Something like that seems now to be happening with affirmative action. Despite
all the justifications for its continuance, polling shows the public still strongly disagrees with the idea of using
racial criteria for admissions and hiring. Its dwindling supporters typically include those who directly benefit
from it, or who are not adversely affected by it. Arguments for the continuance of affirmative action are
half-hearted and may explain why some supporters descend into name-calling directed at those who dare question its premises.
Black Skin Privilege.
Since the 1970s, most major corporations (and a host of smaller ones) have implemented wide-ranging race-specific strategies for recruiting
minorities, sponsored scholarships for minority recipients, funded internship programs earmarked exclusively for nonwhite high school and college
students, paid current and former employees a "reward" merely for identifying the names of potential "diversity candidates," and given financial
bonuses to managers for successfully recruiting and/or promoting a significant number of black employees. [...] And of course, all of these
measures also serve to separate their workers on the basis of race. Needless to say, since government is the real source of these segregated
arrangements, racial privileges are ubiquitous in government hiring practices. Police and fire departments nationwide go to great lengths to
recruit black applicants. Where those applicants have failed the qualifying examinations in disproportionately high numbers, departments
have simply thrown out the results, lowered the standards, or created new definitions of what constitutes a passing grade.
five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments. Affirmative action used to be defended on the grounds that certain groups,
particularly African Americans, are entitled to extra help because of the horrible legacy of slavery and institutionalized racism. Whatever
objections opponents may raise to that claim, it's a legitimate moral argument. But that argument has been abandoned in recent years and
replaced with a far less plausible and far more ideological claim: that enforced diversity is a permanent necessity.
High Court Humpty Dumptys.
Many may think that all race and sex discrimination is barred. Not so! Long ago, the court announced a constitutional
right to engage in good discrimination (against whites and males), prohibiting only bad discrimination (against designated minorities and
females). Of course, linguistically gifted justices would never put it so crassly; instead, they elegantly distinguish "benign" from "malign"
discrimination. Ginsburg and Stevens used these terms. Using Harvard lawyer skills, Justice Blackmun camouflaged the double-talk with a
clever turn of phrase: to "get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. ... [I]n order to treat some persons equally, we must
treat them differently."
Affirmative Action reaches the Presidential Level.
[Scroll down] Today, affirmative action is firmly established. It is a common experience to learn that a less qualified
candidate got the job or promotion that you interviewed for. Being turned down for a job or promotion is bad enough, but it
is demoralizing when you realize that your rejection was based on politics rather than qualifications. Although these dubious
government policies are still in effect, the public's support for them has largely faded.
What We Should Care About.
Conservatives love to point out that affirmative action programs actually hurt minorities and that feminism has hampered women.
Yes, that is probably true, but it misses the moral point to score electoral points. Affirmative action programs and feminism
are evil because both create notional classes of oppressors and oppressed, and both treat groups of individuals like cattle in a
herd. Statist bigotry toward white people or men is as vile as statist bigotry toward black people or women.
Barack Obama's America.
Barack Obama's America is one where black applicants who easily pass an entrance exam for the fire academy in New York can be denied a job
for years but where black applicants who missed 70 percent of the exam questions can be eligible not just for jobs but for back pay,
benefits and retroactive promotions.
A Discussion On Race,
Crime And The Inconvenient Facts. Let the record show that for the past 40 years or so, the only legally sanctioned racial discrimination
in the U.S. has been in favor of blacks (and some other minorities), against whites. When codified as so-called affirmative action, this was the first
time in world history that an ethnic majority group intentionally disadvantaged itself to benefit another, purely out of a sense of justice (sometimes
derided as "liberal guilt"). Some gratitude, indeed, on the part of the beneficiaries.
Liberalism and Mass Shootings. Both
large-scale military base slayings were carried out by protected minorities. We can say without much fear of contradiction that Nidal
Hassan was covered by someone — probably many someones — in the military hierarchy due to a desire to have a Muslim officer to
show off in public. Despite his lectures praising Jihadi terrorists, his refusal to serve in theatres involving combat against "fellow
Muslims," and his Jihad r' Us business cards, Hasan was shielded right up to the day he opened fire at Fort Hood. Needless to say, nobody in
today's debased officer corps suffered for this. The same process is not at all unlikely in the case of Aaron Alexis. A black Buddhist
is a twofer, a catch that any affirmative action officer would boast about for the rest of his career. It's unlikely the vetting process went
deeper than that. It's well known that when racial quotas are involved, other criteria are thrust aside. This practice has become
It Kill You to Hire More Black Cops? (Yes). In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the
effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found
that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent
crime, robbery, and aggravated assault will be. Violent crime increased by a minimum of 3.3 percent
every year after affirmative action policies went into effect — and the spike in crime was highest
in black neighborhoods. The problem was not, Lott showed, with black cops, but rather with the
lowering of standards across the board, resulting in less-qualified officers of every race.
Why Are Democrats
So Afraid? [Scroll down] Maybe the African American and women voters are right
to be afraid. Any African American that works in a bureaucracy in America has to worry: what would
happen to me if Affirmative Action and diversity ended tomorrow? How far would I sink without an
Obama and a Democratic Party that's "Got My Back?" Maybe women voters are right to be afraid too.
Not about their contraception, but about their jobs. Women are "overrepresented" in jobs like teacher, nurse,
social worker. Guess what would happen to jobs like that if Republicans ever got into power and started
doing education reform, health care reform, and welfare reform? So history comes full circle.
People that used to be on the outside looking in are now the insiders looking out at the angry faces pressed
against the window.
Service Requires Female Agents to Meet Lower Physical Strength Standards Than Male Agents. According to the
Secret Service, a male recruit in his twenties needs to perform 11 chin-ups to receive an "excellent" rating; performing
four chin-ups or fewer would disqualify him from serving as a Secret Service agent. But for a female recruit in her twenties,
four chin-ups would earn her an "excellent" rating; just one chin-up is enough for her to avoid the disqualifying "very poor" rating.
Police Civil Service Exams Don't Discriminate, Judge Says. US District Court Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. ruled
on Friday [9/5/2014] that civil service promotional exams used by the Boston Police Department did not discriminate against minority
officers, The Boston Globe reports. The decision means that the testing procedures of the exams, used by the BPD and several
other departments in Massachusetts between 2005 and 2008, will not be required to change.
No More Affirmative Action
Presidents. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many
people now acting as if it is time for "a woman" to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing
from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a president of the United States on the
basis of demographic characteristics, instead of individual qualifications.
absurd push for equal-outcome policing. Women are thought to be not big enough and not
strong enough to play [professional basketball] with men. In a game where the scoreboard can't be
argued with, that's not discrimination, but a simple recognition of the differences in strength,
size and stamina between men and women. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. pretends there are no
differences. The Justice Department has sued the Pennsylvania State Police, alleging sex
discrimination in the hiring of troopers. The government lawyers argue that the physical-fitness
tests the Pennsylvania State Police have used since 2003 "disproportionately disadvantage" women.
'babying' cadet who can't pass fitness tests. She walked through her running tests and
got winded climbing stairs, yet a physically unfit female FDNY probie was still allowed out in the
field like a normal graduate — and given a year to pass, The [New York] Post has learned.
"She's literally the most pathetic specimen of physical fitness I've ever seen," fumed an academy classmate
of Choeurlyne Doirin, 39, who was given a uniform and a "light-duty" assignment even though she did not
graduate on June 2 with the other 286 cadets.
Yes, the defendant made a mistake, but this is the fruit of minority contractor quotas: Paving
company executive pleads guilty in massive fraud case. A second Boggs Paving executive
pleaded guilty Tuesday morning [7/22/2014] in connection with charges that the company received more
than $87 million in road projects by misrepresenting the role a minority-owned contractor played in
the work. Prosecutors say a third high-ranking company official will plead guilty Thursday.
Minority New York firefighters settle racial bias suit for $98 million. Black and Latino applicants to the
New York City fire department who alleged that they lost out on jobs because of racially discriminatory written exams settled a
long-running lawsuit for $98 million in back pay, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The consent decree, which
still requires court approval, calls for a court-appointed monitor to oversee the fire department's recruiting and hiring process.
The department will face specific recruiting goals and must create the positions of diversity advocate in the uniformed force
and chief diversity and inclusion officer in the executive ranks.
Rawlings-Blake wants new
fire chief to make agency more diverse. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her pick to run the city Fire Department said Monday
they hope to hire and promote more minorities and women — even as the department cuts positions. In introducing Niles Ford,
48, as her selection to lead the Baltimore City Fire Department, Rawlings-Blake called a lack of diversity in the agency a "persistent problem."
She pointed to Ford's work as fire chief in Lincoln, Neb., where he created a plan to hire more minorities and women.
The Editor says...
If your house is on fire, and you call the fire department to put out the fire, would you turn the firemen away if they were the wrong color?
Wouldn't you want the fire department to hire the best available candidates instead of picking candidates based on race?
Obama: The Affirmative Action President.
Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they
are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these
minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist policy that is
affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin — that's affirmative
action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama.
The Liberal War on Scientific American.
Scientific American, like many older publications, wanted to get into the blogging game. Unfortunately Scientific America was not too picky about
whom it let through the door. And it made the mistake of having Danielle Lee write a blog called The Urban Scientist. Urban is liberal code
for Black. Obviously Scientific American was looking to push some minority friendly stories. But its focus was on science. It didn't
realize that identity politics and science go together about as well as phrenology and science or as well as Scientology and science.
How the Left Treats Obama Like a Child.
The Tea Party — stockholders in America — have a right to ask questions of the Chief Executive of America without being called
racists. [...] If Obama were the CEO of a private-sector company, his actions would at the very least get him drug-tested. As a former management
consultant to some of the world's largest corporations, I don't know a single former client who wouldn't have fired Obama in the second year of his tenure.
a well-off black student deserve affirmative action? I defy many black stereotypes. I grew up in a quiet suburb, where I have
never faced a dangerous situation. My parents have been happily married for 18 years. I attend private school, and my
standardized test scores rank in the 90th percentile. I never have had an encounter with the law. [...] So, should
affirmative-action efforts apply to me?
News/WSJ poll: Affirmative action support at historic low. As the Supreme Court prepares to once again weigh in on the
issue of affirmative action, a record-low number of Americans support such programs, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street
Journal poll. Just 45 percent of respondents said they believe affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract
the effects of discrimination against minorities, while an equal 45 percent feel the programs have gone too far and should be
ended because they unfairly discriminate against whites.
The New Affirmative
Action. In an increasingly multiracial society, it has grown hard to determine the racial ancestry of millions of
Americans. Is someone who is ostensibly one-half Native American or African-American classified as a minority eligible for
special consideration in hiring or college admissions, while someone one-quarter or one-eighth is not? How exactly does
affirmative action adjudicate our precise ethnic identities these days? [...] Aside from the increasing difficulty of determining
the ancestry of multiracial, multiethnic, and intermarried Americans, what exactly is the justification for affirmative action's
ethnic preferences in hiring or admissions — historical grievance, current underrepresentation due to discrimination, or both?
Whites to be minority in
children under age 5 by next year. For the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the
under-5 age group and will be a majority by this year or next. That's according to new census numbers that show a faster shift than
expected toward a minority-majority, one where whites will be in the minority by 2043. The new estimates also show that, for the
fist [sic] time in more than a century, the death rate for white Americans outnumbers the birth rate.
The Editor adds...
But the minorities will still have preferences, even when they're in the majority.
IRS Hiring 'Diversity
and Inclusion Specialist,' Starting at $123,758/Year. The IRS is looking to hire a "diversity and inclusion" specialist,
with a minimum salary of $123,758 a year. The opening for a full-time "Supervisory Diversity and Inclusion Specialist" at the
agency's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. was announced on June 11 and is open until June 24. The Diversity
Specialist will "serve as a change agent to provide strategies, solutions, training, tools, resources and thought leadership on
diversity and foster inclusion" across the workplace and "build internal awareness" for diversity and inclusion throughout the agency.
Sued For Trying To Avoid Hiring Convicts. In 1963, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King said it was his hope
that black Americans would no longer be judged on their color of their skin, but on the content of their character. Fifty years
later, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says King got it wrong. The EEOC launched two lawsuits
against private companies this week over their use of criminal background checks, claiming that in rejecting applicants with proven
criminal records, they somehow discriminated against minorities under a disparate impact clause in their guidelines.
More Justice Department
Chicanery: Thomas Perez and 'Disparate Impact'. One of the administration's favorite legal theories, "disparate impact,"
may get taken up again by the Supreme Court. [...] Under this theory, a policy — such as requiring high credit scores for
loans — can be completely neutral, but if it yields a disparate impact on a particular racial or gender group, an institution
using that policy can be held liable for discrimination. In other words, an entity can be found to have discriminated even if it
didn't actually intend to discriminate.
NYC Firefighters Fight Perez. President Barack Obama's nominee for labor secretary
Tom Perez is taking heat from New York City firefighters for his support of racial and gender quotas. The Department of Justice filed a discrimination suit
against the New York City Fire Department in 2007 because too few minorities passed the department's entry exams. The DOJ cited the legal theory of "disparate
impact," which holds that even seemingly neutral criteria such as impartial exams taken by all applicants can be considered discriminatory if they disproportionately
keep a protected racial class from receiving employment. A federal judge in Brooklyn awarded $128.7 million to minorities who failed to pass the 1999
and 2002 exams in 2009.
The Editor says...
That's not good news for those of us who are not in "a protected racial class."
City Recruits Minority
Lifeguards Even if They Can't Swim. In a staggering case of affirmative action gone wild, officials in a major U.S. city are
actually recruiting minorities to be lifeguards at public pools even if they're not good swimmers. It's all in the name of
diversity. [...] Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired, says the city official who adds
that "we will work with you in your swimming abilities."
...but only if you're black.
Cummings: Postal Service cuts would hurt
minority groups, single mothers. The U.S. Postal Service's decision to eliminate Saturday delivery could disproportionally hurt minority groups, according
to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. "You're talking about just this reduction ... from six days to five days
will cut anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 employees. And with regard to Asian, African-Americans, and Hispanics, they comprise about 40 percent of the Postal
Service employees," Cummings told Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC Friday night.
The Editor says...
This is the inevitable consequence of affirmative action: When women and minorities have been hired for decades — to the complete exclusion of
white males — the staff will consist of women and minorities only. When it's time to lay off some or all of the employees, guess who gets the boot.
Manufacturing Racism: Academic Hiring and the Diversity Mandate.
It wasn't called affirmative action at the prairie university where I began my teaching career; it was called equity hiring, an odious misnomer.
What it meant, I was told, was that if two equally qualified candidates applied for a position, the one whose hiring would enable the department to
become more "diverse," and therefore ostensibly more representative of our society, would be chosen.
'Major Hasan Syndrome' at the Los
Angeles Sheriff's Department? [Scroll down] So why did it take such a flagrant act of subverting her own department's
objectives before action was taken against her? Everyone knows the answer to that: [Bernice] Abram was given a pass because
she is a black female working in an organization that values "diversity" more than competence, and even, to at least some extent, more
than adherence to the law. [...] She knew no one would dare touch her.
Obama To Unleash
Racial-Preferences Juggernaut. If your organization has a policy or practice that doesn't benefit minorities equally, watch out:
The Obama administration could sue you for racial discrimination under a dubious legal theory that many argue is unconstitutional. President
Obama intends to close "persistent gaps" between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation
Enough with Affirmative Action Presidents.
I taught at the University of Virginia for 25 years. During my time at UVA, I had three deans, and one of them was a black woman and an
affirmative action hire. She turned out to be a disaster. [...] The dean's qualifications didn't matter, her experience didn't matter, and her
interpersonal skills didn't matter. The president wanted a black woman to serve as dean; that's what he got, and our school lost five years
doing battle with a dean who didn't know which way was up.
Enough with Affirmative Action Presidents.
I'm not opposed to a black man being elected president, but I am opposed to electing a president simply because he's a black man. We've had
enough of affirmative action hires for the highest office in the land. It's time to elect a real president. If we do, there is a chance
that we might actually solve some of the problems that we face as a nation, but time is running out. We don't have four more years to waste
on a man who has already proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that he is totally out of his league.
Action In Bank Lending Policy Promises Economic Disaster. Welcome to the bizarre world of banking regulation. Despite the
recent disaster wrought by affirmative action lending, Washington ratchets up still more politically correct requirements and shifts the measure
of discrimination towards "disparate impact." Even unbiased behaviors are subject to penalty unless they benefit protected classes.
It's no longer blind justice meted equally before the law. "Diversity" has become Washington's Holy Grail, discharging unequal justice in
preference for specific outcomes. The burden on businesses expands beyond banning discrimination into virtually requiring reverse
Judge Imposes Racial Quota on FDNY, Responding to Minorities Who Failed Entrance Exams. A federal judge is
ordering the New York City Fire Department to implement racial quotas to address grievances from minorities who failed entrance
exams. On July 5 in Brooklyn, Nicholas G. Garaufis, a Clinton-appointed judge for the Eastern District of New
York, issued a ruling that requires two of every five newly hired fireman to be black and one of every five, Hispanic —
until the department has fulfilled the court-ordered quota of 186 black and 107 Hispanic hires.
May Impose New Title IX Quota on Math and Science Students. President Obama recently signaled that he will take action
to create 'equality' for women in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The Obama administration's
decision to push for more female representation in STEM coincides with the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Fake but Accurate Identities? The trivial Elizabeth Warren "high cheekbones" fraud
nonetheless offered a draw-back-the-curtain look into the gears and levers of our national race industry. The real story is not that the multimillionaire
liberal (and one-percenter) Warren fabricated a Cherokee identity for over a decade (to the delight of her quota-thirsty universities), but rather the notion
that if a pink blond at Harvard can get away with faking a career-enhancing minority identity, then anyone, anywhere, can — or rather often has.
Warren ancestry claim puts light on corrupt
system. Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled. Why does the "non-issue" of Harvard law professor and
Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry "require so much attention?" he asked last week. When Warren was teaching at Pennsylvania,
Texas and Houston law schools, she identified herself as Indian, or, to be politically correct, Native American. Then she was hired at Harvard, and dropped the
Native American from her biographical description. Harvard Law today says it has one faculty member of Native American heritage. But it won't say which one.
Harvard professor who sided with
Warren on Native American heritage also a campaign donor. A Harvard Law School professor who defended Elizabeth Warren against charges she unfairly obtained
her teaching position by falsely claiming a Native American minority heritage is a donor to her U.S. Senate campaign. Professor Charles Fried gave $250 to Warren's
campaign in November 2011, according to a review by The Daily Caller of donor records published by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Learn from Elizabeth Warren. I think the
attacks against Elizabeth Warren, who pretended to be an American Indian to advance her career, are wrong. To the contrary, she simply
did what we all should be doing! She sabotaged America's racist affirmative action regime, or — the term I prefer to call
it — America's affirmative apartheid.
UPenn also called
Elizabeth Warren a minority in diversity report. Harvard University may not be the only school that thought Massachusetts
Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was a Native American. In 1994, one year before she joined the faculty at Harvard,
Warren won the prestigious Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was teaching at the
time. Eleven years later, the Minority Equity Committee of the University of Pennsylvania published a report that listed every
winner of the award since 1991 and highlighted the names of minority recipients — including Elizabeth Warren's.
listed as a minority professor at second law school. Elizabeth Warren was listed as a minority professor by a second law
school in a report detailing the school's progress in creating a diverse faculty. In addition to Harvard University, where Warren is on
faculty, the University of Pennsylvania Law School also touted Warren as a minority, according to an April 2005 document obtained by The Hill.
The Editor says... Trail of Tears. Revelations of Elizabeth Warren's 1/32nd Cherokee
heritage raise new questions about her academic career.
Report Listed Warren as Native American in 1999. A newly revealed document taken from a 1999 Affirmative Action Plan Book published
by Harvard University indicates that Elizabeth Warren was officially listed as a Native American by Harvard Law School. Though Warren is not
mentioned by name, the report shows just one Native American member of the law school.
Cherokee Claim Based on Family Newsletter. The slender thread upon which Elizabeth Warren's claim that she is 1/32 Cherokee
rests — a purported 1894 marriage license application — has been exposed as non-existent. Based on a review of the
original marriage records found in the files of the Logan County, Oklahoma Court Clerk's office in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and the statements of
ReJeania Zmek, the Court Clerk of Logan County, Oklahoma, it is likely that the ephemeral 1894 marriage license application never existed.
Tom Lipscomb: Mrs. Warren's profession,
cont'd. First an indifferent law school student who has never contributed an article to it is elected President of the Harvard Law
Review. And now, barring a recantation, it appears the venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society and Christopher Child have colluded
in an election fraud upon the people of Massachusetts to publicly and repeatedly advantage a candidate from the Harvard Law School for political
office at the expense of their own professional standards and the evidence now staring them in the face. It is time for the press to call
them to account.
Rep. Bobby Rush: I'll stop
Metra 'in its tracks'. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is threatening to stop Metra "in its tracks" unless more
African-Americans firms get work from a massive railroad construction project in his congressional district called the
Race-Baiting in the Era of Obama.
Alas, racial tension in this country is not new. What is new is having a president who, for political gain and selfish ideological
reasons, is instigating a racial divide that has not been seen for decades. In order to ignite a passion in his base, Obama is
intentionally taking this country back to the Civil Rights Era, when violence in the streets was commonplace. But a black person
in America in 2012 has every civil right that a white person has — and then some. Affirmative action has led to black
people actually having an easier time accessing certain schools, jobs, and positions of higher authority.
Affirmative Action on Life
Support. Where do we go if the Supreme Court effectively bans the consideration of race in college and
graduate school admissions? We pivot, as the left always does, from race to class. President Obama has
long hinted at his preferred form of affirmative action, giving lower-income school applicants preference over
students from upper-middle class and wealthy families.
Holder's Revenge. Attorney General Holder recently
addressed the question of affirmative action, and for how long it would be required. He answered, stunningly, that reverse
discrimination has only just begun: "Affirmative action has been an issue since segregation practices," Holder said. "The
question is not when does it end, but when does it begin[.] ... When do people of color truly get the benefits to which they are
entitled?" We see in these remarks the soil out of which rises the bitter fruit of racial resentment.
Metro derailed by
culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity. Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro
documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region's largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in
affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits. The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former
Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability,
such as noting safety violations, is a career death knell.
Legal Mentor Shows Affirmative Action Limits. [Derrick] Bell was for years a civil rights lawyer, but
not an academic legal scholar of the sort who gets appointed as a full professor at one of the leading law schools.
Yet he became a visiting professor at the Stanford law school and was a full professor at the Harvard law school.
It was transparently obvious in both cases that his appointment was because he was black, not because he had the
qualifications that got other people appointed to these faculties. At Stanford, his students complained that
his course on constitutional law was not up to the standards of the other courses they were taking. Stanford
at that time had one of the leading scholars in constitutional law, Professor Gerald Gunther — and
Derrick Bell was no Gerald Gunther.
So When Are We
Allowed to Be Intolerant? [Scroll down] As a specific example, consider what happened in
Dayton, Ohio, in February 2011. The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the Dayton, Ohio Police Department
to lower its testing standards to increase the number of minority candidates who passed the two-part examination.
The passing scores for the exam were reduced from 66% to 58%, and from 72% to 63%. The DOJ acted because,
in its opinion, not enough minorities were passing the test, but the ultimate result was that the DOJ order
guaranteed the continuance of mediocrity through lower civil servant standards. Those who studied, who
prepared, who worked to pass the exam were not rewarded for their efforts — indeed, they were penalized.
[Scroll down] But to keep this obsession with racial pedigrees going, either we will have to become entirely
cynical and allow that the affluent suburbanite with the Cherokee grandmother really is "Native American," or we
will have to establish clear-cut blood laws and hire federal genealogists. And to apply economic litmus tests
for affirmative action is taboo: for to admit that many minorities do well in America and do not need
preferences is to suggest that race itself does not predetermine one's fate.
A.D. 2041 — End of White America?
When affirmative action was first imposed, whites outnumbered blacks nine to one. The burden of reverse
discrimination on the white community was thus relatively light. Today, however, not only blacks, but
Hispanics and women — two-thirds of the entire population — qualify for affirmative action
in hiring and school admissions. And the burden falls almost entirely on white males, who are one-third of
the country but three-fourths of the dead and wounded coming back from Afghanistan.
Preferences slow minority
advancement. For 33 years, the [Supreme] court has been entangled in a thicket of preferences
that are not remedial and hence not temporary. Preferences as recompense for past discrimination must eventually
become implausible, but the diversity rationale for preferences never expires. Liberals would never stoop to
stereotyping, but they say minorities necessarily make distinctive — stereotypical? — contributions
to viewpoint diversity, conferring benefits on campus culture forever. ... But what if many of the minorities
used in this process are injured by it?
Department: Diversity trumps 1964 anti-discrimination law. The Justice Department is telling
university administrators they can grant valuable university slots to people in favored races and ethnic
groups. The department's legal advice, announced late on Friday [12/2/2011], says "race can be outcome
determinative for some participants in some circumstances," when administrators are weighing who gets acceptance
letters from private and government-funded universities. But the letter also highlights advocates' growing
worries about a pending Supreme Court decision that could ban the use of race in awarding university slots.
unintended consequences of racial preferences. Preferences as recompense for past
discrimination must eventually become implausible, but the diversity rationale for preferences
never expires. Liberals would never stoop to stereotyping, but they say minorities necessarily
make distinctive — stereotypical? — contributions to viewpoint diversity,
conferring benefits on campus culture forever.
How Nixon Created Obama.
Who started affirmative action? AA as compensatory racial favoritism was first announced by Lyndon
Baines Johnson. But it was implemented by the Nixon Labor Department as the Revised Philadelpha Plan,
with strict racial quotas and timetables. The Philadelphia Plan was supposed to make up for genuine
discrimination against blacks in the Philadelphia buildings trades. But it quickly triggered an
avalanche of racial compensation claims, legal decisions, and executive orders that flipped the burden of
proof. Today, instead of having to prove a history of group discrimination, AA simply presumes a proven
history of discrimination and compels employers to prove it ain't so.
Expanding Vengeance of Affirmative Action. Since its beginnings in 1965 with President Johnson's
Executive Order 11246 — an order continued by every president since — affirmative action
is now woven into the fabric of American everyday life and not simply the federal work force. Indeed,
virtually nobody prominent in government, business, labor, philanthropy, sports, entertainment or religion
now thinks of challenging it. They know well that a misperceived stray remark, not to mention a
"discriminatory" policy, can end their career or, failing that, threaten their social standing.
Corporate officials now regularly celebrate their respective companies' commitment to racial, ethnic and
gender "diversity," often contributing generous checks to nonprofit groups controlled by civil-rights
hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to avoid lawsuits or boycotts.
The CRA, Stupid! Starting in the mid-1990s, in a major switch, regulators no longer enforced
traditional lending rules. Prudent underwriting was deemed racist and banks were judged on how "flexible"
they could be in qualifying "nontraditional" credit cases. The more they bent their old rules and the more
lower-income minority borrowers they rubberstamped for loans, the better they did on their all-important CRA
examinations. In the run-up to the crisis, boosting minority home ownership became the goal of the U.S.
government. And incredibly, lowering mortgage-underwriting standards to achieve that goal became government
The End of Affirmative Action?
Opponents of state ballot initiatives that outlaw race and gender based affirmative action programs have vowed
to take their fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Blacks Cannot Be Blamed For Barack Obama. If anything, Obama is a product of white American culture,
by means of affirmative action. Obama is to some extent the stereotype result of affirmative action, the
black kid made good who is continually trotted out to justify these obnoxious programs. (Recall Patrick
Chavis, the black doctor who took Allan Bakke's place in medical school, and was presented as a towering success and
proof positive of the value of set-aside programs until it was discovered that women were dying in his liposuction
quotas, speech codes and the thought police. It's racially discriminatory to prohibit racial
discrimination. That's the bottom line of a decision issued Friday, just before the Fourth of July
weekend, by the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The case was brought by an
organization called By Any Means Necessary to overturn a state constitutional amendment passed by a
58 percent majority of Michigan voters in November 2006.
College bake sale
criticized for racial tones. On Upper Sproul Plaza, where free speech reigns supreme, the
Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on
your gender and the color of your skin. The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if
you're Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans.
Women get a discount of 25 cents.
Discrimination. The Congressional Research Service has issued a study entitled "Survey of Federal
Laws Containing Goals, Set-Asides, Priorities, or Other Preferences Based on Race, Gender, or Ethnicity" that
details 276 federal statutes that grant preferences in employment, contracting, or awarding federal benefits on
the basis of membership in a preferred class (in 1995 there were 172 such statutes). The figure doesn't
include the numerous agency regulations that also discriminate in favor of preferred classes.
The End of an Idea — Why
Affirmative Action Should Stop. Is there a color-coded graph somewhere that says the darker one is, the
more consideration one is due? Apparently not — given that most East Asians and Arabs are not usually
extended affirmative action status. OK, but do third-generation affluent Japanese-Americans qualify for
preferences on the rationale that their parents as children were interned in camps in the American West; or
fifth-generation Chinese because their great-great-grandparents were treated horribly while building the
The Chord Donald Trump
Strikes. One thing the political class seems to have forgotten is that there are few living
white Americans who have not had some personal experience with an affirmative-action co-worker and/or collegiate
peer. For decades now, we Mainstreet dwellers have borne the brunt of this liberal two-wrongs-really-can-make-a-right
folderol, and now we stand, mouths agape at those who still pretend this isn't what happened in 2008.
Awarding the pinnacle of world power to a guy on the basis of eternally-aggrieved skin color is quintessentially
anti-American and the people know it. It was playing with fire and we're getting burned. The
people know this. The people are saying it in private.
Action Since Obama Shattered the Highest Glass Ceiling: A little over two years ago, a
black man educated at Ivy League schools was democratically elected to the most powerful office in the
world. Most people saw the election of Obama to the U.S. presidency as decisive evidence that
affirmative action policies are no longer necessary, if they ever were.
agrees to lower test scores for police exam. [Dayton Ohio's] Civil Service Board and the U.S. Department of
Justice have agreed on a lower passing score for the police recruit exam after it was rejected because not enough blacks
passed the exam.
The Editor says...
It would be nice to have smart cops, but above all else, they must be black.
lives at Department of Injustice. Flunking is the new norm at racist Eric H. Holder Jr.'s
Department of Injustice. In yet another ugly, blatant and defining racist move, Mr. Holder is forcing
the city of Dayton, Ohio, to lower the passing threshhold on the test for those wanting to be police officers
because not enough black recruits passed the exam. Instead of attracting the best and brightest to
serve the public, racist Mr. Holder will now ensure that the good residents of Dayton will be protected
by dunce cops who score the equivalent of a D or F on the entrance exam.
Slippery Standards. Two
seemingly unrelated stories in the news last week reveal the bankruptcy of the progressive mindset.
In Dayton, Ohio, under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice, the city's Police Department is
changing its passing grades — again — on tests for police recruits. Last
Wednesday, in a report to Congress, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan revealed that up to 82 percent
of public schools could be labeled "failing" because they don't meet the requirements established by the No
Child Left Behind law (NCLB). Duncan claimed the law needed to be "fixed." In both cases, the
"fix" is lowering standards.
Department of Injustice.
One of the requirements to become a Dayton, Ohio police officer is to successfully pass the city's two-part
written examination. Applicants must correctly answer 57 of 86 questions on the first part
(66 percent) and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the second part. Dayton's Civil Service
Board reported that 490 candidates passed the November 2010 written test, 57 of whom were black.
About 231 of the roughly 1,100 test takers were black. The U.S. Department of Justice, led by
Attorney General Eric Holder, rejected the results of Dayton's Civil Service examination because not enough
throws out written police exam scores. The city of Dayton plans to discard the test scores
of the 748 people who passed its police recruit exam in November and will instead hire officers based
only on a subjective oral interview — a change meant to improve the city's ability to hire more minorities.
Want to Save Real Money in D.C.?
The Republican Study Committee recently announced a plan to prune $2.5 trillion from the long-standing
federal spending spree. Yes, $2.5 trillion is a lot of pocket change, but the RSC plan doesn't go
far enough in ridding the federal government of the feminist strongholds salted throughout the bureaucracy.
Let's be clear: These feminist programs are not about promoting equal opportunity. ... These
"female-empowerment" initiatives are all about sex-based quotas, preferences, and earmarks that in practice
serve to disadvantage men in schools, in the workplace, and in the legal system.
Last Gasp of Affirmative
Action? Whether it is called "positive discrimination" in Britain and in India or "standardization"
in Sri Lanka or "sons of the soil" in Malaysia, Indonesia and some states in India, group preferences and quotas
to achieve equity are not unique to America. Though societies committed to the equality of individuals
have claimed that these programs would be temporary, i.e., in India it was to last from 1949-1959, it is a
self-perpetuating situation. Such preferential policies have long exceeded their initial claims in all
EPA devotes another $7 million to 'environmental justice' campaign. Judicial Watch reports that
[the EPA] announced late last week that the $7 million will be awarded "to study how pollution, combined
with stress and other social factors, affects people in 'poor and under-served communities.' The agency
refers to it as cumulative human health risk assessment research and the goal is to rid under-served communities
of extensive pollution-based problems." Environmental Justice is a left-wing activist concept in which
poor communities are assumed to be more heavily affected by pollution because they are politically defenseless
against polluters, and therefore it is up to the government to step in and provide assistance to redress the
Another $7 Mil
For Environmental Justice. Here's how it works; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives
money to leftwing groups — including some dedicated to helping illegal immigrants — that
teach black, Latino and indigenous folks how to recycle, reduce carbon emissions through "weatherization" and
participate in "green jobs" training. To carry out that phase of the environmental justice crusade, some
80 community organizations have received about $2 million.
action bill to return to Legislature. A controversial push to ban any form of preferential treatment in
Utah based on race, gender or ethnicity will be back before the Legislature next year, where Republican gains in the
body make it almost certain to pass.
for the Navy SEALS? The Navy SEALS are embarking on a targeted campaign to recruit more minority
candidates, reports the Navy Times. Apparently some are concerned because "minority representation" is below
the national average. There is no evidence that they are changing the standards to be a Navy SEAL. ... [But]
Why seek to hire more African-American or minority SEALS? Why not just recruit SEALS, pure and simple?
Americans Say Government Is Too Sensitive to Minority Concerns. Fifty-one percent (51%) of
Americans believe the U.S. government is too sensitive to the concerns of racial, ethnic and social
minorities in the country. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 24% of Adults
think the government is not sensitive enough. Sixteen percent (16%) say the level of sensitivity is
Bans Affirmative Action. Voters in Arizona on Tuesday [11/2/2010] approved Proposition 107
banning the consideration of race, ethnicity or gender by units of state government, including public colleges
and universities. With 2,075 of 2,239 precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, the measure had
just under 60 percent support in unofficial state results.
reform bill calls for diversity. The recently enacted financial reform legislation tries in numerous
ways to change how Wall Street companies and their federal regulators act, but a little-noticed provision aims
for something potentially more difficult and controversial — altering how they look. To
promote diversity in the largely white male world, the law requires each of the 30 federal financial agencies
and departments, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and all 12 Federal Reserve banks, to
establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.
Another protected minority that can't be fired? State police sued over
Muslim chaplain's dismissal. The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) filed a discrimination lawsuit Monday [8/30/2010] against the Illinois State Police on behalf of Kifah
Mustapha. State police hired Imam Kifah as its first and only Muslim chaplain.
Race realist Jared Taylor declares the "civil rights struggle was
won long ago". What is known as "affirmative action" is really discrimination against whites.
If the kinds of preferences shown to blacks or Hispanics were shown to whites it would be a nation scandal,
but because the victims are whites (and sometimes Asians) it is of no consequence. Whites must work to
eliminate this while it is still possible to do so. When non-whites become majorities, they are
likely to push for even more extensive racial preferences than the ones they enjoy today.
Gender Quotas in the Financial Bill? [Scroll down] I was searching the bill for a provision
about derivatives. What did I find [was] Section 342, which declares that race and gender
employment ratios, if not quotas, must be observed by private financial institutions that do business with
the government. In a major power grab, the new law inserts race and gender quotas into America's
Years of Affirmative Action? The Obama administration has filed a brief with the fifth U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case involving the use of racial
preferences in the admission of undergraduate students at UT Austin. ... What is involved in the Fisher
case, therefore, is nothing less than the most crucial question of individual rights as guaranteed by the
Constitution. On one side are those who believe, as the Fourteenth Amendment makes abundantly clear,
that all citizens are entitled to "equal protection of the laws" without regard to race, gender, religion,
or national origin. On the other side are those who believe that those very factors are of such overriding
importance that efforts to shape equality of outcome must transcend the equal protection clause itself.
Bias by the numbers.
Is an employment test unfair if it doesn't produce a racially balanced result? A case before the U.S. Supreme
Court deals with this question. The plaintiffs in Lewis v. Chicago claim that the city violated federal civil
rights law because a disproportionate number of blacks failed a written exam for firefighting jobs.
Held to Lower Standards in Perpetuity. Racial minorities, especially blacks, should feel
highly insulted by the entrenched assumption that they should not be expected to compete against whites
on pencil-and-paper multiple choice civil service tests. Not only should they speak out against
such condescending assumptions, they should refuse any and all special treatment, and demand to be
treated as capable and responsible individuals.
The Lesson of an
Affirmative Action President: Affirmative action was allowed by the Supreme Court as a temporary
exception to the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution until blacks had the same opportunities others
did. It has now been about forty years, and the goal posts have just moved farther and farther Left.
Today it's not just blacks — it's women, homosexuals, and illegal aliens. And it's no longer
equality of opportunity, but equality of outcome, which was the goal of Communism for seventy years in
the Soviet Union, until the whole Soviet Empire crumbled as a result. ... From a temporary policy to give black
people a better chance in life, we have now arrived at a Marxist goal of universal equality for everyone —
except for white, male, heterosexual, and excessively normal people.
Truths We Dare Not Speak:
Affirmative Action. The concept was noble, but now antiquated and mostly absurd. It requires
the logic of the Old Confederacy to determine racial purity among the intermarried citizenry. Jet-black
Punjabis get no preferences. Light-skinned Mexican-Americans of the fourth-generation claim privilege.
Poor whites from Tulare don't rank. The children of black dentists do. I see very little logic here.
What Does Affirmative Action Affirm? My
objections to correcting the past fall into two categories: First, the people receiving compensation
are not the victims. Second, the people paying compensation are not the perpetrators.
The Content of Obama's
Character. It's telling that 47 years ago, when Reverend King made his great speech on the
Washington Mall, he did not say that he had a dream that one day, an African-American would become president.
King's vision on August 28, 1963 was less ambitious: "I have a dream that my four children will one
day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their
character." Even so, Barack Obama was elected president based on the color of his skin.
May Scrap Entrance Exam: Report. The Chicago Police Department is seriously considering
scrapping the police entrance exam, sources tell Fran Spielman. Dropping the exam would bolster minority
hiring and avert legal battles, according to one source, while others confirm that the exam could be scrapped
to open the process to as many people as possible.
Change We Can Believe In.
[Scroll down slowly] Whether intended or not, affirmative action has become the pet project largely of elites,
who feel their own capital and insider connections will ensure their own do not suffer from the unspoken quotas
they impose on others -- as a sort of cheap psychological penance for their own guilt over their own privilege.
Have any American blacks benefited
from affirmative action? Note that the uptick in employment numbers usually comes from
government payrolls. Public officials can pad these any way they want to, and historically
have. … Still, I thought that the educational establishment could run a McDonald's-style "billions
served" claim on its part of AA law. After all, that which the government runs and funds it can
cook and season.
Liberal Hate Speech. Have you
ever wondered why Barrack Obama never brings up Martin Luther King's speech where Doctor King speaks of racial
equality? The reason is that that speech calls for all races to treat each other with respect.
Doctor King would have refused to pass any program such as Affirmative Action because he would have considered
that program racist based on its discrimination for skin color. Dr. King had no interest in
punishing the innocent for the crimes of the guilty and he would be outraged over the actions of hucksters
such as Jesse Jacksone, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright and Van Jones.
action and gay marriage are frauds. Equality of rights does not mean equality of results. I can
have all the equal treatment in the world on a golf course and I will not finish within shouting distance of Tiger
Woods. When arbitrary numerical "goals" or "quotas" under affirmative action are not met, the burden of proof
is put on the employer to prove that he did not discriminate against minorities or women. No burden of proof
whatever is put on the advocates of "goals" or "quotas" to show that people would be equally represented in jobs,
colleges or anywhere else in the absence of discrimination.
Political Power Hasn't Brought
Black Progress. Blacks are probably the most politically loyal people in the nation, and it is
almost taken as gospel, at least among civil rights organizations and black and white liberals, that the only
way black people can make socioeconomic progress is through the politics of race and special government
programs. However, such a vision can be subjected to empirical evidence. In 1940, when blacks were
politically impotent, their poverty rate was 87%. By 1960, before blacks achieved much political power,
it had fallen to 47%. During that interval, in various skilled trades, the incomes of blacks relative to
whites more than doubled.
Suit says college singled
out blacks. A former dean of the State University of New York at Cobleskill has filed a
whistleblower lawsuit against the school, saying it discriminated against black students by keeping them in
school for their tuition dollars when administrators knew they had no chance of earning a degree.
The Lip has struck again, but this time it's a good thing. [Scroll down] What most of
those Americans who are wondering how Obama got to be president are wondering about is not how a black man
got to be president, but how a guy with only two years experience as a U.S. senator, less than 10 years
experience as a state senator and absolutely zero years of military experience got elected president of the
United States, leader of the free world and commander in chief of our armed forces. Really, could a
white guy with those same credentials have run for president of the United States and won? Or would a
white guy with those same credentials have been laughed out of the presidential race before he was barely
Obama the Trickster.
This administration is just filled with racial anger. So why would Sotomayor be its first Supreme Court
nominee? ... Sotomayor believes in the US Constitution like Obama does: not at all. But Sotomayor
is not nearly as good as Obama at this double game, seeming rather dim-witted. She's given away her
Hispanic Victimhood at least half a dozen times in public, not exactly what you expect from a Justice of the
Supreme Court. She would be a living embarrassment to the US Constitution. ... Her job on the Supremes
will be to keep the Affirmative Action Establishment in power.
A Tangled Web. The
original Civil Rights Act of 1964 was very straightforward in forbidding discrimination. But, even before that Act
was passed, there were already people demanding more than equality of treatment. Some wanted equality of end results,
some wanted restitution for past wrongs, and some just wanted as much as they could get. Opponents of the Civil
Rights Act said that it would lead to racial quotas and reverse discrimination. Advocates of the Act not only denied
this, they wrote the language of the law in a way designed to explicitly prevent such things. But judges, over the
years, have "interpreted" the Civil Rights Act to mean what its opponents said it would mean, rather than what its
advocates put into the plain language of the legislation.
Has Affirmative Action
run its course? The very idea of continuing a policy which drives home the message that blacks
can't make it in this country without racial quotas and preferences makes a mockery of, not only Obama's
political success, but of every black person's efforts to reach personal goals without the stigma of having
done so only because the government gave them an unfair advantage. If blacks are ever to be viewed as
equals, the perception of them as needy must change.
When Affirmative Action Is A
Quota System. The supporters of affirmative action often deny that the hiring or award of a position
in a university was a quota, but if they were honest they would have to admit that a quota system was involved in many
cases, when it was decided in advance that the job will only go to a minority, or a promotion, tenure, or resources
will only go to a woman. These examples involve a quota system: the next person hired will be Black or there
will be X number or percentage of women with tenure, etc. This is what a quota is all about.
The Meaning of
Ricci: It's not enough for a city to say, as did New Haven, that it was afraid of being sued by
black firefighters. The evidence was irrefutable that the tests were put together in a conscientious,
race-neutral way. Not only were minority firefighters over-sampled in devising the questions. The
designers established nine oral exam boards, each a three-person panel, each consisting of precisely one white,
one black and one Hispanic. (Such is the extreme race consciousness that the Civil Rights Act, of all
things, has brought upon us.)
Intelligence is Not an Affirmative Action Program.
Earlier this year when Long Island's Newsday printed on its cover the names and headshots of the 59 of the national Intel
science contest's 300 semifinalists who come from the region, it put journalism before politics by not concealing what would
be a major problem for certain elements of the Left and Right: The contingent didn't "look like" America —
at least as some conceive it. ... What would the contemporary promoters of "equality" consider a just and "natural" outcome,
evincive of a total absence of any form of bias? For that to be true, the 59 must reflect perfectly the ethnic breakdown
of the United States — or at least Long Island — or better yet, for the full 300 to be a microcosm of
the country. How would that be possible?
An in-depth look at the "Rooney Rule": The NFL's Affirmative Action Deception.
Imagine an America in which employers faced steep fines for failing to interview a sufficient number of minority
candidates for a vacant management slot prior to making a hiring decision. Even in this day and age, where
diversity rules, that might seem a far-fetched scenario. Yet for the last half-dozen years, this has been
the way the National Football League has operated. And its advocates are seeking ways to expand this
regime to a variety of venues — and with a strong assist from government.
cost of a diverse Naval Academy. The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis
recently that "diversity is the number one priority" at the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice
Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him. Everyone understands that "diversity" here means nonwhite skins.
Behind the blindfold. The most
distinctive characteristic of our president's legal thinking is the extent to which it reflects the leftist
orthodoxy of the law schools in which he spent his formative years, including the assumption that the American
legal tradition has been little more than a mechanism of oppression and white privilege. In reading his
speeches and comments over time, it is clear that he views the law not as a neutral set of rules to be presided
over in umpire-like fashion by impartial judges, but as a form of historical affirmative action designed to
right the wrongs of the past. As such, his conception of jurisprudence begins and ends with the idea
of the courts as agents of social change.
New Haven Firefighters. In this
one case we see the multiple issues which will be at the center of Sotomayor's confirmation hearing. And what's more
we have a story that the average American can understand and relate to. The disabled guy worked hard under adverse
circumstances and did better than most of his non-disabled peers, only to be told, "Sorry, the 'numbers' didn't come out
right." And this is justice? Most Americans, I suspect, will think not and will want to know why
Sotomayor acted as she did.
Reverse Discrimination Case Could Transform Hiring
Procedures Nationwide. Inside a burning building, fire doesn't discriminate between Matthew Marcarelli
and Gary Tinney. Inside the New Haven Fire Department, however, skin color has put them on opposite sides of a
lawsuit that could transform hiring procedures nationwide. This week, the Supreme Court will consider the reverse
discrimination claim of Marcarelli and a group of white firefighters. They all passed a promotion exam, but the
city threw out the test because no blacks would have been promoted, saying the exam had a "disparate impact" on
minorities likely to violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The New 'Separate but Equal'. On
the surface, it seems like a blatant case of unlawful discrimination. The fire department in New Haven, Conn.,
administered an exam for firemen seeking promotions. "Many firefighters studied for months, at considerable
personal and financial cost," as Justice Anthony Kennedy recounts on behalf of the Supreme Court's majority in
Ricci v. DeStefano. When the results came out, the city decided to deny promotions to the men who had
earned them — because they were of the wrong race.
Love Diversity — Or Else. Racial and ethnic diversity is the key to happiness, success in the global
marketplace and, not least, an interesting life. So we are told in a batch of new "fair housing" radio ads that
are the sort of treacly propaganda that cause sober drivers to run off the road. Presented as a celebration of
the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the ads were produced by the National Fair Housing Alliance, a private,
nonprofit group whose stated purpose is to make sure the act is properly implemented. The act bans housing
discrimination and imposes stiff penalties for those who get caught.
So You Want To Boost The Economy? End Affirmative
Action! The assumption that lower economic achievement by a minority must be the fault of the
majority has created costs vaster than previously imagined. For example, VDARE.com economist Edwin S.
Rubenstein's recent report Cost of Diversity[PDF] for the National
Policy Institute estimates the price of affirmative action, immigration, and multiculturalism at eight
percent of the GDP, or $1.1 trillion.
How Obama Stimulates Feminists.
Since 1969, when Richard Nixon foolishly imploded America's prospects for equality by turning the concept of
affirmative action into a reality, the country's race shysters and guilt peddlers have come a long way, baby!
They polarized the nation and discern disproportionate treatment out of every difference between individuals.
This is true for minority hustlers of every stripe. Foremost among the con artists to cash in on a
once-proud nation's guilt are the radical feminists. Gender feminists are a virulent strain of
far-leftist whose power has exponentially grown over the past four decades.
Improving Schools: A Job
for Parents, Not Bureaucrats. With the arrival of a new Democratic administration, the country
will no doubt experience another bout of self-reflection and debate on race-based preferences. Despite
the fact we have elected an African-American president — a clear demonstration if ever there was
one of the diminishing level of racism in America — the civil rights lobby sees no reason to diminish
their fierce defense of a racial spoils system which has come to dominate education, contracting, and
employment at all levels of government.
U.S. Supreme Court takes up 'reverse
discrimination' case. The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up a potential major reverse
discrimination case examining the use of race as a factor in government hiring. The announcement came
Friday afternoon after the justices' private conference earlier in the day. The case will likely be argued
Liars, and Cheats. Recently, the Los Angeles Board of Education was so eager to fire School
Superintendent David Brewer that they bought out the last year-and-a-half of his four-year contract.
Because Mr. Brewer is a black man, certain parties are suggesting that the Board's decision was racially
motivated. One can't help wondering how it's possible to accuse the same people who hired the
incompetent to a $300,000-a-year job can now be accused of being racists for dumping him, even though
they wrote him a check for about half a million dollars.
Prez-Elect's Quota Challenge. Racial preferences are, after all, extremely unpopular with most
Americans. Voters in blue states like California, Washington and Michigan have banned them in referenda
over the last decade or so. Voters in red-state Nebraska just did the same thing, by a thumping 58-42
percent margin. (A similar measure in purplish Colorado may pass as well; the votes are still being
Justices to Hear White Firefighters' Bias
Claims. Frank Ricci has been a firefighter here for 11 years, and he would do just about anything to advance
to lieutenant. The last time the city offered a promotional exam, he said in a sworn statement, he gave up a second
job and studied up to 13 hours a day. ... Mr. Ricci did well, he said, coming in sixth among the 77 candidates who
took the exam. But the city threw out the test, because none of the 19 African-American firefighters who took it
qualified for promotion.
Obama's Senate Replacement Must Be Black. The race to replace Barack Obama as Illinois' junior senator
heated up Tuesday as Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to name a black man or woman to the seat.
By invoking race, Rush, who is black, drove a potential wedge between the prospective white and black contenders for the
seat. Rush said it would be a "national disgrace" if Obama's seat were not filled by an African American.
The Editor says...
This is exactly the kind of racism that liberals pretend to oppose — when it benefits white people.
A plan to survive the Obama years. Well, Americans
usually get the government they deserve, and I urge you all to get ready for this 21st century version of
amateur hour. ... That's not to say that Obama's election doesn't come with a couple of interesting side
effects. For example, henceforth no black man in America may be called unqualified for any job that he
might seek, no matter his prior education or experience level. Want to be a nuclear scientist but lack
a Ph.D. in physics? If the applicant is a black man, it's no problem. Just offer hope to the
profession and promise change from all those stuffy theorems that have given the discipline its structure
over the years, and you're in.
Thomas says Constitution forbids
racial preference. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday [9/9/2008] that
African-Americans are better served by colorblind programs than affirmative action. Thomas, addressing
leaders of historically black colleges, said affirmative action "has become this mantra and there almost has
become this secular religiosity about it. I think it almost trumps thinking."
Preferences. Over the past ten years, no American president, Congress, legislature, or governor has
acted to eliminate preferences — in other words, to enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which commands
the government to treat us all "without regard to race, color, national origin or sex." In addition, the
United States Supreme Court has handed down conflicting opinions about the matter. In response, I have led
the national effort to enforce the act through ballot initiatives in states that allow them.
action just moves different groups to the back of the bus. The conversation has intensified
over this November's Michigan Civil Rights Initiative to ban affirmative action preferences in college
admissions and government hiring in our state. But anyone seeking a logical reason to oppose this
fair-minded proposal is encountering more difficulty in doing so.
You're No King. In the fullness of time, the American people have done precisely what Dr. King
urged us to do: We have worked diligently to create a nation in which skin color is not a barrier to
opportunity. And, yet, despite our progress, there is one issue that stands in the way of our completely
fulfilling King's dream; and that is race-based affirmative-action preferences.
Cultural affirmative action: What do
you think Bill Clinton was referring to when he said that he wanted his cabinet to "look like America,"
meritocracy or quota orthodoxy? Yet Clinton isn't alone; he merely gave voice to common practice.
Would Condoleezza Rice have been appointed Secretary of State and Joycelyn Elders Surgeon General if they
weren't black women? Would Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O'Connor have ascended to the Supreme
Court and Janet Reno been Attorney General if they weren't female?
Preferences Forever? We've come a
long way since 1964, when the late civil rights hero Hubert Humphrey stood on the Senate floor and told his
colleagues that if the civil rights bill contained "any language which provides that an employer will have to
hire on the basis of percentage or quota related to color, race, religion, or national origin, I will start
eating the pages one after another, because it is not in there." Four decades later, supporters of racial
preferences imposed by government agencies are blocking legal efforts to establish the color-blind society that
Martin Luther King envisioned.
action dishonesty. Bill is a contrarian by nature, and he has never been able to stomach the
combination of moral sanctimoniousness and rampant dishonesty that often characterizes the most aggressive
supporters of affirmative action, especially in the academy. He spoke with open contempt about several
of his colleagues who had been hired for affirmative action purposes, and with even more contempt for his
white colleagues who had made these hiring decisions.
Deconstructionists have attempted to remake society around a new set of power relations. In their
philosophical re-do, they imperiously take the advantage away from white males and hand it over, lock, stock
and barrel to all non-white males and females of all varieties. And presto-change-o the world is still
unfair, but it is unfair in a different direction. A more "fair" form of unfairness, or so say the
'Help' That Harms:
The arguments about the unintended consequences of affirmative action aren't new. What is new is a
growing body of empirical evidence to back up the claim that affirmative action in higher education harms not
only whites and Asians but also blacks and Hispanics. But this body of evidence may never see
light — which is why the report is so important.
of Affirmative Action. Affirmative action in theory bears no resemblance to affirmative action
in reality. … Of course, it should come as no surprise that people engage in racial discrimination in hiring
when they are specifically asked to do so by human resources. But what is surprising about affirmative
action is the extent to which it encourages discrimination along the lines of other variables not classified
as "allowable" under official policies.
Affirmative action may
be on ballots. A campaign is underway to ban affirmative action in five states already embroiled
in debates over illegal immigration. Efforts are proceeding in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and
Oklahoma to put initiatives on November ballots that would end programs to increase minority and female
participation in government and education. The push is led by Ward Connerly, a California management
consultant who successfully ran similar campaigns in California, Washington and Michigan.
Chickens Coming Home to Roost. Affirmative action is unconstitutional, in violating the
14th Amendment. It is illegal, in that it violates the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act. And it is a
moral outrage. But for most blacks, as for their white patrons, support for affirmative action is a
political and moral litmus test. Any white who fails that test is for them a "racist" and irredeemably
First Affirmative Action Candidate. There is little difference between the rhetoric of Obama and
the white candidates. They all speak of hope and change. Why should Obama's words be more believable,
legitimate or acceptable? The answer is white guilt. American institutions tainted with white guilt
are ready to dispense with justice for what they perceive as the higher goal of attaining moral legitimacy.
The charge of racism in contemporary America is probably the most intimidating, if not the most ruinous, to white
McCain Backs Ban on
Affirmative Action. Presidential challenger John McCain said Sunday [7/27/2008] that he supports
a proposed ballot initiative in his home state that would prohibit affirmative action policies from state and
local governments. A decade ago, he called a similar effort "divisive."
Arizona University is Forced to Treat White
Professors Equally. A federal judge in Phoenix this month said that Northern Arizona University
owes $1.4 million to a group of professors who have been pursuing justice through the courts since
1995. … The lawsuit and its outcome are yet another striking illustration of the perils of affirmative
action, with its often contorted logic of redress and blame and its tendency to commit exactly the sort of
discrimination that it was designed to prevent.
Group seeks affirmative action
vote. A civil rights group in Michigan will ask voters through a ballot initiative this
November to decide whether to abolish affirmative action for college admissions, government hiring and
contracting. The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) has been trying for three years to pose
the question to voters, all while fending off lawsuits and other civil rights groups, Gov. Jennifer M.
Granholm, a Democrat, and some prominent state lawmakers who oppose it.
Affirmative Blackmail: According
to its mission statement, a primary goal of the American Bar Association is to "promote respect for the
law." In the interest of mandating racial preferences in admissions, however, the ABA has just
ordered law schools to do the opposite — in fact, to violate the law — and is
resorting to blackmail to achieve its end.
Help wanted: Must not be
white, male. Able-bodied white men seeking a career in Canada's Department of Public Works
had best wait awhile before submitting their resumes — the deputy minister of the federal
agency has instructed managers to temporarily hire only visible minorities, women, aboriginals and
for dollar$: The Bush administration supports racial profiling — as long
as it's lining the pockets of the right people. Bean-counting government bureaucrats are
free to take race, ethnicity and gender into account when doling out public funds to
The darker side of
quotas: When racial preferences are lifted, whites don't gain much, but Asian admissions jump
through the roof. At the University of Texas-Austin, when preferences were removed, Asian freshmen
jumped to 18 percent in a state where Asians comprise only 3 percent of the population. … The
diversity "racket" discriminates against some minorities for the benefit of other minorities.
Questions for Senator Schumer.
During debate on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Hubert Humphrey, the Minnesota Democrat who was one of the principal
sponsors of the legislation, denounced the "wholesale distortions" and "nightmarish propaganda" that the law
would permit preferential treatment of an individual or group because of race or a racial "imbalance" in
policing: Police departments must use race and sex preferences in hiring as a result of federal
court consent decrees and political pressures. To meet these demands, many police departments have
lowered, and in some cases eliminated, established standards for personal character and intellectual and
How Racial P.C. Corrupted the
LAPD: The LAPD was once known as "the world's greatest police department," due largely to its
stringent character screening. Back in the era of Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD candidates were checked out
as thoroughly as homicide suspects. … All that is now history. In a bid to appease racial activists
and meet federal decrees, strict screening and testing measures were dismantled. New black and Hispanic
officer candidates were hustled into the ranks at any cost.
The road to bad laws is paved with good intentions.
The more likely that an assault will be successful, the more likely criminals will be to make it. The
major factor determining success is the relative strengths and sizes of the criminal and officer. In
particular, when officer strength and size requirements are reduced because of affirmative action, each
one-percent increase in the number of female officers increases the number of assaults on police by 15 to
19 percent. The Atlanta-courthouse shooting simply arose from such a case.
Affirmative Action Has Mixed Results for Cops.
Because of large differences in strength and size between men and women, different standards are applied to
ensure that there are more female officers. In the Nichols case, the difference was stark: the
suspect was 33 years old and 6 feet tall; the female sheriff's deputy guarding him was 51 years
old and 5-foot-2.
The Decline of Affirmative
Action. By tying it to the then controversial women's movement, [Democrat Congressman
Howard W.] Smith hoped to kill the Civil Rights Act. … Within decades, government had
imposed de facto quotas and fair practice standards for women (and minorities) throughout the work place
and academia. That had not been [President] Kennedy's intention.
Baking up a controversy:
The enemies of campus bake sales are at it again, inflaming one another over the dire threat of cupcakes and
cookies sold at different prices to whites, minorities, and women. The sales are political parody, of
course, poking fun at affirmative action policies and trying to get a debate going. Campus orthodoxy
holds that such policies are sacred and that any dissent, even in the form of satirical cookie prices, is
illegitimate and deserving of suppression.
necessary. For more than three decades, supporters of affirmative action have argued that racial
preferences in higher education were absolutely vital if blacks and other minorities were to obtain college and
professional degrees. A new study, however, debunks the myth that those preferences are necessary …
providing stunning evidence that affirmative action may actually hurt the chances of blacks to obtain their law
Double Talk, and Multiple Troubles. Fairness in the public realm once meant equality before the
law, but many today equate it with equality of outcome. Is it any wonder, then, that American political
culture has become plagued by identity politics, victimization claims and affirmative discrimination?
Alan Keyes On Affirmative Action: In the 1960s,
the civil rights movement sought to enforce the principle in the Declaration of Independence that all men are
created equal. Today's civil rights groups, including the NAACP, have abandoned that principle.
Today, civil rights groups defend affirmative action by arguing that it cures past discrimination. They
do not see that no one can cure a past injustice with another injustice, and that it patronizes American blacks
because it presumes that blacks cannot succeed on their own. Affirmative action does not advance civil
rights in this country. It is merely another government program to secure money and jobs for a few
people who benefit from it.
Real Reason to Oppose Affirmative
Action: Debate over affirmative action is centered on a person's perceptions of fairness.
Those favoring it argue it is unfair to have the same requirements for select minorities as for others.
Those opposed believe it's unfair that the more qualified candidate loses an opportunity to a less qualified
member of a preferred group.
Federal Overhiring of
Minorities: 12,310 new federal jobs were created during FY 2001 but only 2,820 of this total
were filled by white males and other "non-minorities". That means that fewer than 23 jobs out of
every 100 new Federal jobs were filled by non-minorities. Apparently FY 2001 just wasn't a very good
year for white guys to apply for a federal job!
Blacks in the Federal Work
Force: The First Place prize in the federal quota competition goes to Court Services and
Offender Services (CSOS) for employing 1,025.4% more blacks than their affirmative action "target".
Diversity Means Quotas.
Times executive editor Howell Raines has basically admitted that affirmative action played a major role in giving
disgraced former reporter Jayson Blair the opportunity to prosper at the paper. Blair came to the paper on a
minority internship and was promoted to national reporter, covering the beltway sniper shootings, over the
objections of a Times editor. The editor was told Blair had to be promoted to diversify the newsroom.
How Title IX [held] us back at
the Athens Olympics: Should the gold medals be divided equally among the participating
countries? Of course not, nor should money be allocated equally to everyone who shows up. Yet
that is what Title IX regulations impose on our schools and colleges.
IX Tied Our Hands At the Beijing Olympics. U.S. athletes won in spite of Title IX regulations,
which impose gender quotas on sports for institutions that receive any federal money. Title IX has
crippled our national competitiveness. Title IX regulations have forced educational institutions to
eliminate men's teams until the number of men and women on sports teams is the same ratio as the number of men
and women enrolled in academic classes. In the numerous colleges that are now 60 percent female in
academic enrollment, Title IX requires that men's teams be eliminated until only 40 percent of the
athletes are men.
Speaking of Title IX... Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
In a mind-boggling move, NCAA president Miles Brand recently urged NCAA institutions not to blame Title IX for
any athletics cuts that they might be forced to make in the current economic downturn. ... The truth is that
Title IX is always a factor in athletic department program decisions.
action? No, racial preference. The affirmative action described in President Johnson's
Executive Order 11246, issued on Sept. 28, 1965, specifically said things were to be done without regard
to race. The 1964 Civil Rights Act says the same thing.
The soft bigotry of low
expectations comes from many directions. Paul Hornung, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, NFL Green
Bay Packers' star and Notre Dame Heisman trophy winner, stood recently before the public relations' "racial
insensitivity" pit that dragged down John Rocker, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, Al Campanis, Fuzzy Zoeller
and Sen. Trent Lott.
Affirmative Action Is Not What It Used to Be. The
term "affirmative action" has long since ceased meaning what it meant in its beginnings soon after the Civil
Rights Act of 1964. In 1968 President Lyndon Johnson issued Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 which
ordered government agencies to take "affirmative action" (urged by President Kennedy earlier) to encourage the
full participation of minority-members in American life. Later gender was added to affirmative action.
College Bake Sales Spark
Conflict. Campus bake sales by conservatives who oppose affirmative action are cooking
up discord — and complaints about restrictions on free speech. Organizers charge white
students $1 for a cookie, while blacks and other minorities pay 25 to 95 cents. Unfair? So
is affirmative action, organizers contend.
Destroying black youth: Let's
examine some practical matters ignored in the pro-affirmative action celebration of the court's decision.
Saving quotas: There was
some talk recently about upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court because some retirements were expected. However,
the High Court's decision on affirmative action suggests that there are already vacancies, even though no one has resigned.
The Supremes and affirmative
action: The Supreme Court decision upholding affirmative action is incoherent, disingenuous, intellectually
muddled and morally confused. Yet, it is welcome.
Bush supports racist affirmative action.
President Bush commented on the Supreme Court ruling yesterday [6/23/2003] stating, "I applaud the Supreme Court for
recognizing the value of diversity on our Nation's campuses. Diversity is one of America's greatest strengths."
"Diversity" Breeds Journalistic Corruption.
The Jayson Blair/New York Times scandal represents the impact of the insidious push for "diversity" in the media. Blair,
considered a "promising" and "talented" black reporter, was a living example of the importance that the major media attach to
"diversity" in the newsroom over accuracy and objectivity in the journalistic product.
Jayson Blair: A study in
compassionate racism. As newspaper editors convened emergency denial-control meetings and minority
journalists circled their wagons, New York Times executive editor Howell Raines went ahead and admitted what was
obvious to anyone without a blankie over his head: Of course it's about race.
Crash landing for affirmative
action? It is difficult to imagine how the morale so necessary for national security can be
maintained in a military which does not use merit as its sole basis for performance evaluations.
"logic". Old-timers may remember a radio program about a crime-fighting
hero called The Shadow, who had "the power to cloud men's minds, so that they cannot
see him." Affirmative action has that same power today. Some of the murkiest
thinking of our times has come from those defending group preferences and quotas.
grand fraud: part I. Many defenders of affirmative action are not even honest
enough to admit that they are talking about quotas and preferences, even though everyone
knows that is what affirmative action amounts to in practice.
grand fraud: part II. In the feminist movement's version of history,
women's changing economic position is explained by women's being repressed by men until
they began to be rescued in the 1960s by the women's movement, anti-discrimination
policies, and affirmative action. Hard facts tell a very different story.
grand fraud: part III. The end of affirmative action in the state-supported
universities of California and Texas was decried and denounced by those who said that it
would mean the end of black students' "access" to college, the "resegregation of higher
education" and other irresponsible rhetorical flourishes.
grand fraud: part IV. Someone once said of Lillian Hellman that every word she
uttered was a lie, including "and" and "the." Many defenders of affirmative action deserve a
Lillian Hellman award. Not only is much of what they say contradicted by readily available
facts, much of what they say publicly contradicts what they themselves say privately. Often
their very reasons for favoring affirmative action are false.
affirmative action for the truly needy: Presently, the U.S. Supreme Court is
hearing a challenge to the racist admissions policy at the University of Michigan. The
university ranks applicants on a scale that awards points for SAT scores, high school grades
and the color of one's skin. A perfect SAT score is worth 12 points. Being
black earns you 20 points.
on trial: The dishonesty that is incidental to other policies is central to
affirmative action. Most of what is said in support of this policy is either wholly
unsubstantiated or demonstrably false.
on trial: part II. People who are for or against affirmative action are usually for or against the
theory of it. What actually happens under this policy gets remarkably little attention.
Dirty Secrets About "Affirmative Action":
"The dirty little secret about affirmative action is that it doesn't work." So concluded ABC network
reporter Bob Zelnick in his excellent book on the subject, titled "Backfire." An even dirtier
secret is that virtually no one really cares whether or not affirmative action works to advance minorities
Affirmative Action: Facts and
Myths. Why do so many prominent social critics possess so little understanding of the causes
they champion with such passion? Nothing so limits the public's ability to form reasoned opinions about
vital issues as does the endless barrage of irresponsible, baseless assertions made by
Action Hero: The Life and Death of Patrick Chavis. Seven years ago,
Chavis became the toast of the media elite and the racial preference crowd when he
was profiled lavishly by New York Times magazine writer Nicholas Lemann. Chavis,
who made the cover of the magazine, was a black physician admitted to the University
of California-Davis medical school under a special racial-preference quota.
Affirmative action, a
disservice to us all: The University of Michigan employs an admissions process that openly and
unapologetically benefits minorities. Opponents decry the policy as a violation of the spirit, if not
the letter, of the Bill of Rights (drawing specific attention to the Equal protection clause of
the 14th Amendment).
action" revisited: Secretary of State Colin Powell distinguished preferences
from affirmative action in his autobiography. "Equal rights and equal opportunity… mean
just that," said Powell. "They do not mean preferential treatment. Preferences, no matter
how well intended, ultimately breed resentment among the nonpreferred. And preferential
treatment demeans the achievements that minority Americans win by their own efforts.
Next: Get rid of racial
boxes. President Bush has spoken. Giving 20 bonus points to public college and
university applicants just for being black, Hispanic or Native American is "divisive, unfair, and impossible
to square with the Constitution."
Racism in the
newsroom: The diversity craze in the newsroom has not only hurt good, qualified white male
reporters and editors in tangible ways, it has hurt the very people it was intended to help and it has hurt
the credibility and viability of the news organizations infected with this disease.
Diversity is Not Merely Skin Deep:
The Illinois Board of Higher Education recently sought public comment on its campaign to promote faculty
"diversity," which it equates with skin color or national origin. Most of the current and proposed
"steps to increase minority faculty," however, are unnecessary and unconstitutional.
Why Affirmative Action is
Harmful: I'm not a very good "briefer," as they say in Washington, because I tend to throw
complications at politicians who want simple answers, but on this issue I can keep it simple.
Race is Still an Issue in College Admission,
Activist Says: In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 209, which did away with
racial preferences in admissions. The Center for Equal Opportunity says the University of California is
ignoring the law in a unseemly manner and is back to using race as a factor in admitting first-year students.
One of the Issues Tearing Our Nation's
Fabric: Affirmative Action. Hubert Humphrey, a self-described sixties liberal, defined
discrimination as "any distinction in treatment given to different individuals because of their different
race." Today's preference programs have gone far beyond that view and, as reformers have suggested,
now threaten to turn Dr. King's dream into a nightmare and his vision of a color-blind society into a
dangerously polarized illusion.
of blacks: During the 1940s, black students in Harlem schools had test
scores very similar to those of white working class students on the lower east side
of New York. Sometimes the Harlem scores were a little higher or a little lower, but
they were never miles behind, the way they are today in many ghetto schools. If blacks
could do better back when their opportunities were worse, why can't today's ghetto
students do better?
"Friends" of Blacks, Part 2: No group is
more in need of forgetting old political ties and making some new ones than blacks. The black vote has
been almost an automatic monopoly of the Democratic Party for years. Yet the dominant forces among the
Democrats have agendas that are directly contrary to the interests of blacks.
New Words for the Same Old Hustle: Martin
Luther King Jr. did not protest the double standards of Jim Crow so they could be replaced with the double
standards of affirmative action. Americans today are a remarkably tolerant and unbigoted
people — especially when compared with others around the world — and yet our
government and laws are obsessed as never before with race and racial categories. That obsession in
turn infects our workplaces, our schools, our media. Thirty-four years after Dr. King's death, we are
more mired in race than ever.
American History vs. Affirmative Action
Hogwash: No one wants to talk about this because it would undermine the myth that the government
and black "leaders" are responsible for the advancement of the black population. One of the consequences
of that myth is that, while most blacks lifted themselves out of poverty, the public image is that government
programs were responsible. This has left many whites wondering why blacks can't advance themselves by
their own efforts, like other minorities -- and left many blacks likewise convinced that without
government programs they would be lost. Such myths help race hustlers but hurt the race that they
claim to be leading.
Affirmative Action Can't Be Mended. "Even
if affirmative action was not a violation of justice and fair play, was not a zero-sum game, was not racially
polarizing, it is a poor cover-up for the real work that needs to be done."
History: Picture three white fire fighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero. Then
picture a magical transformation: a statue of one white, one black and one Hispanic. The rulers of
political correctness didn't like what really happened, so they plan to portray it the way they think it
should have been.
Judge People by Their Character, Not Skin
Color: Color blindness now has been replaced with color preference in the form of affirmative
action. No amount of rationalizing can disguise the fact that affirmative action involves implicit
or explicit racial quotas, i.e., racism.
Affirmative action for
Osama: Under the affirmative action program now pending before the Supreme Court in
Adarand Constructors v. Mineta, each of the 12,000 boys born in Pakistan last year who were
named "Osama" would be granted preferential treatment over American-born whites. They just have
to immigrate here. Our government discriminates against native-born Americans in favor
The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act
Creating a state within a state.
Hawaiian group adopts constitution at convention. The proposed constitution, approved Friday [2/26/2016] by an
88 to 30 vote with one abstention, allows room for recognition by the U.S. government while holding out for the possibility
of independence, said Na'I Aupuni, an organization that says on its website it's dedicated to "establish a path for Hawaiian
Administration Promoting Race-based Hawaiian Election. This all began in Hawaii in 2011 when Act 195 was passed. It called for
an election to take place in Hawaii but specified that only indigenous Native Hawaiians could vote. The purpose of the election was to enable
Native Hawaiians to exercise their right to self-determination and discuss Tribal Nation self-governance. The election would choose 40 delegates
to an aha, or constitutional convention. To administer this restricted election a Native Hawaiian Roll Commission was established, funded by
Hawaiian taxpayer dollars. This Roll Commission created a list of Native Hawaiians who would be eligible to vote.
Court Blocks Racially Discriminatory Hawaii Election. The Supreme Court has just issued an order blocking the
racially discriminatory separatist election in Hawaii. The order enjoins (stops) the counting of ballots and certification
of results pending further order of the Supreme Court. [...] Only one race is permitted to register to vote with Hawaiian
government officials for the separatist election. Hawaii has given a private organization millions of dollars to run the
election. They believe these actions are constitutional. Judicial Watch has sued Hawaii, and the Public Interest Legal
Foundation has filed an emergency brief with the Supreme Court on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union asking the court
to stop the election process.
Hawaii Is Holding an Election That Only
Allows People of Certain Racial Background to Vote. It's bad enough having a state hold an election that is racially
discriminatory. Now we have a judge willing to allow it to move forward. That would be federal district court Judge
J. Michael Seabright (a George W. Bush appointee, surprisingly enough). He's refused to issue an injunction to
stop an election in Hawaii to set up a separate government that excludes anyone who doesn't meet the state's definition of "Native
Hawaiian." Seabright's deplorable decision in Akina v. State of Hawaii is on an emergency appeal to the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals — which, unfortunately, doesn't always seem to believe in following Supreme Court precedent.
Administration Seeks Race-Based Government In Hawaii. President Barack Obama's administration has
quietly suggested it is willing to create a two-tier race-based legal system in Hawaii, where one set of taxes,
spending and law enforcement will govern one race, and the second set of laws will govern every other race.
The diversity proposal is portrayed as an effort to create a separate in-state government for people who are "native
Hawaiians." If Obama succeeds, "what's to prevent creating similar [self-governing racial] groups out of say,
Cajuns, or Orthodox Jews or Amish?" said Gail Heriot, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
"If you can do that with groups that are already part of the mainstream, you can balkanize the country," said Heriot,
who is a law professor at the University of San Diego.
Looks to Bypass Congress and Promote Racial Spoils in Hawaii. When we pledge
allegiance to the flag, we also pledge allegiance to the Republic for which it stands —
"one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The modern American left
has put each of these qualities up for grabs. For example, implementing "social justice" would make
it logically impossible to provide justice for all of us as individuals. The left is also
unfavorably disposed to the idea of one indivisible nation. The Akaka Bill was a good example.
As Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow explained, this legislation, which the House passed in 2010, would
have enabled the nation's approximately 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians to organize themselves into one
vast Indian tribe. [...] Existing Indian tribes have a degree of sovereignty. But this was an
attempt to establish and empower a tribe where none existed, and to do so along racial lines.
Naturally, as Heriot and Kirsanow explained, the attempt was really about funneling billions of
dollars to ethnic Hawaiians, a Democratic constituency.
Native Hawaiians seek
rights to self-government. Hawaii politicians are scrambling to gather enough votes in
Congress to pass a bill that would grant Native Hawaiians a degree of self-government and possibly a
share of the land ruled by their ancestors.
act. If Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii gets his way, the Senate next week will pass
S. 147, a bill that would for the first time create a race-based system of governing in the United
States. Akaka's bill, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, would erect a new governmental
structure to have jurisdiction over American citizens who have "one drop" of Native Hawaiian blood.
Apartheid for Native Hawaiians: Now
there's a new group that wants in on all the special rights, free benefits and racial preferences that
accompany sovereign tribal status: Native Hawaiians.
Hawaii Moves Toward Second 'Ethnic'
Government. In a move that critics call a direct threat to the U.S. Constitution, federal
legislation is moving forward in Congress to create a second, separate government in Hawaii solely controlled
by ethnic and indigenous Hawaiians.
Hawaii's Racial Separatism
Threatens America's Fundamental Principles. Among the 50 states, Hawaii is the most diverse. All ethnic
groups are minorities. Intermarriage is commonplace. All races live, work, play and pray side by side. But
despite the Aloha Spirit, institutional racism has become entrenched in Hawaii, causing huge problems. Hawaii is
rapidly building a bridge to the Nineteenth Century. Hawaii has "affirmative action" on steroids. The favorite
racial group is the 20% who have at least one drop of Hawaiian native blood. Two state government agencies serve
"Native Hawaiians" exclusively.
'Native Hawaiian' Act a Pending Disaster, Experts
Warn. Representatives of 10 state and national organizations that advocate for property rights
and low and fair taxation are warning members of Congress and others with influence over national policy of
dire consequences if the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007 becomes law.
Trouble in paradise?
I've been talking to some buddies from high school, and we're thinking of getting together and forming an Indian
tribe. … Why? The benefits are just too good. … Indian tribes are exempt from many federal
laws, collect their own taxes and generally can ignore the Bill of Rights, discriminate in favor of their
"tribe" members and operate their own justice system.
Bill Would Divide Hawaii by Race, Dole Out
Entitlements. Legislation to divide Hawaii along racial lines and hand out race-based government
benefits to as much as 20 percent of the state's population is moving through Congress, having attracted
almost no attention outside the state, despite its implications.
'Native Hawaiian' bill. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin debate soon
on S.147, the falsely named "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005." The
proponents of this bill, some motivated by seemingly benign purposes and others by simple greed,
argue that the legislation redresses ancient wrongs done to early Hawaiians by the United States.
Pluribus Sine Unum. America's
motto is "E pluribus unum," Latin for "Out of many, one." Some U.S. senators seem to be reading it
backward. This week the Senate will consider legislation that would create an independent, race-based
government for Native Hawaiians. If the bill becomes law, it would create a racial spoils system that
would hand special privileges to up to one-fifth of the state's population — including many with only a
trace of Hawaiian blood. It could inspire mainland groups such as Hispanic separatists to seek similar
spoils, should they ever gain enough political leverage.
Did Anyone Ask the
Hawaiians? If I told you there would be a bill coming to the floor of the United States Senate
this week that would create a sovereign government based on race, would you believe me? You can be forgiven
for being skeptical. It sounds ridiculous.
Time to stand for unity.
A number of Republicans appear ready to jump on the Native Hawaiian bandwagon. The bill's chief sponsor is
Sen. Daniel Akaka, who has tried to get the legislation through Congress for several years. In the past,
he's been given a boost by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who has also pushed for legislation to make Puerto Rico
a state, but most mainstream Republicans have steered clear. Not so of late.
time to shine? Within the week, the Senate is expected to hold a vote on Senator
Akaka's Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. Akaka's bill would institute an
extra-constitutional race-based government for native Hawaiians. The new government would
have jurisdiction over Hawaiian residents with "one drop" of native Hawaiian blood. Those
governed by this new, race-based government would not be subject to the same federal and
state tax laws as their non-native Hawaiian neighbors. The bill's opponents note that
this is surely is a recipe for racial conflict on the Hawaiian Islands.
facing uphill battle. The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, S. 147,
sponsored by Hawaiian Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka, has drawn harsh criticism from conservatives
who see it as a new form of extra-constitutional race-based governing. Akaka's bill would set up a
separate governing entity to preside over residents with "one drop" of Native Hawaiian blood.
Hawaiian tribe: The
first business for the Senate when it reconvenes Sept. 6 after the summer recess will be passing a
bill giving native Hawaiians the same status as mainland Indian tribes, despite opposition by Republican
leaders and the Bush administration.
House votes to let
Native Hawaiians self-govern. Native Hawaiians should regain some of the self-governance powers
lost when the islands' queen was overthrown more than a century ago, the House decided Wednesday [10/24/2007].
The White House threatened a veto, saying the legislation that passed by a 261-153 vote would divide
Americans "along suspect lines of race and ethnicity."
The Editor says...
Isn't that exactly what the Congressional Black Caucus does? Or the NAACP? Or "Affirmative Action" quotas?
the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005.
Politics Rules in Debate over Hawaiian Ethnicity
Bill. A bill that would have created a "Native Hawaiian Government" with special powers for
400,000 persons of native Hawaiian ancestry died in the U.S. Senate on June 8, when the measure came four
votes short of the 60 that were needed to keep it alive.
approves Native Hawaiian bills. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved bills today to
extend self-government and self-determination to Native Hawaiians and to reauthorize federal housing
programs for them. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, said he did not expect the Native
Hawaiian government bill to reach the Senate floor until after May.
Akaka Bill is Bad for
America. The proposed legislation would dedicate scarce financial resources to promote ethnic
divisions within our great nation and, at the same time, expand the role of government in an attempt to fix
a system that does not appear to be broken.
Race-baiting the Aloha
state. The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act that was passed Wednesday [10/24/2007]
by the House is a stunning display of racial divisiveness. If enacted, it would further inflame tenuous
race relations nationwide by allowing an estimated 400,000 people across the country who claim native Hawaiian
ancestry to form their own body of government for negotiating with state and federal governments.
the Ethnic Grievance Industry: Under legislation that the House of Representatives has voted
261-153 to foist on Hawaii, [Hermann] Goering's role would be played by a panel empowered to decide who is
a "Native Hawaiian" and entitled to special privileges and immunities. Because there are perhaps only
7,000 "pure" Native Hawaiians, "Hawaiian blood" will inevitably be the criterion and the "one-drop rule"
likely will prevail. Goering would have approved of this racialist sorting-out.
Somewhat related: Native Hawaiians Reclaiming Land.
More than 200 acres of land that belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii before the United States took control a
century ago will be returned to Native Hawaiians, according to terms of a $200 million tentative settlement
announced Friday [1/18/2008].
The Editor says...
I don't get it. If the land belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii, which is now the State of Hawaii,
why isn't it state property?
Native Hawaiians Occupy Palace.
A Native Hawaiian group that advocates sovereignty locked the gates of a historic palace Wednesday [4/30/2008]
in downtown Honolulu, saying it would carry out the business of what it considers the legitimate government of
Hawaiian group demands restoration of the
monarchy. Surrounded by royal guards and the occasional tourist, Her Majesty Mahealani Kahau and her
government ministers hold court every day under a tent outside the palace of Hawaii's last monarch, passing laws and
discussing how to secure reparations for the Native Hawaiian people.
The Editor says...
I support Hawaii's right to secede, provided that Texas is allowed to secede as well.
Democratic platform adopts native
Hawaiian recognition. Recognition of native Hawaiians is back in the Democratic Party's
national platform. The wording is a bit different from the plank adopted in 2000, but the emphasis
on some form of native Hawaiian recognition by the federal government runs on the same track.
So this is what the Native Hawaiian stuff is all about! The Akaka Bill: A
Cash Cow for Democrats. Obama's multi-billion dollar nationwide scheme to circumvent campaign
spending laws comes neatly disguised as a Hawaii-only deal for "reconciliation" and "justice". "Campaign
finance" isn't even in the bill's description. It is called the Akaka Bill. Reintroduced
February 4 for the 2009 Congressional session as S381 and HR862, the Akaka Bill creates a process
to establish a Native Hawaiian Tribal Government.
Shakedown at the luau.
Imagine what would happen if Congress proposed setting up a special, sovereign government for any descendant, anywhere
in the country, of the mix of Cajuns and American Indians who lived before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 in what is
now the state of Louisiana. ... Substitute "Native Hawaiian" for "Native Cajun," however, and this is exactly what
the House and Senate leadership plans to ram through a slumbering Congress this month.
By hook or crook... Race-Based
Government Established at Expense of Troops? The House and Senate are wrapping up work on the last
appropriations bill of the year and rumors are swirling that the controversial Native Hawaiian Government
Reorganization Act, also known as the "Akaka Bill," will be included in the Defense Appropriations bill.
The defense measure is proving to be controversial, because House and Senate appropriators are using it to
carry non related matters like a $1.9 trillion debt limit increase, an extension of unemployment benefits
and the Native Hawaiian measure.
Segregation. President Obama speaks proudly of his childhood in Hawaii, so we wonder
what the state's voters think of his support for a bill that would redistribute its wealth based on
race. That's what would happen under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which
Congress is trying to sneak through in its final days this year.
Nine weeks later, another article with the same title: Aloha Segregation.
A bill expected to pass the House today [2/23/2010] with overwhelming Democratic support would accomplish something
peculiar for a liberal republic in the 21st century: It would partly disenfranchise a portion of one
state's residents, create a parallel government for those meeting a legislated criterion of ethnic purity, and
would portend the transfer of public assets, land, and political power from those who fail to satisfy the
standard of ethnic purity to those who do. For these reasons and many more, the Native Hawaiian
Government Reorganization Act richly deserves opposition.
to Grant Native Hawaiians Sovereignty Passes House. A bill that would give native Hawaiians the
same right as Native Americans is halfway through the congressional process but opponents say the legislation
is divisive and would turn over valuable land and resources out of U.S. hands.
Tries to Break Hawaii in Two. Last week, the House of Representatives, in a largely party-line
vote, passed the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. Popularly known as "the Akaka bill," this
piece of legislation might turn out to be this Congress's single most calamitous decision. The bill
creates a complex federal framework under which most of the nation's approximately 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians
can organize themselves into one vast Indian tribe.
Senator Akaka's Native Hawaiian Bill Going
Nowhere. The House bid farewell to departing Rep. Neil Abercrombie last week by passing the
Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, a vote the Hawaii Democrat emotionally described as "the
culmination of a legislative lifetime for me." It's probably just as well that Abercrombie is now
back in Honolulu.
Divide Hawaii Along Ethnic Lines. The U.S. House last week passed legislation that would in
effect divide Hawaii into two states, one for ethnic Hawaiians and the other for everyone else. In an
opinion piece in Monday's Wall Street Journal, Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow — members of the U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights — said the bill "might turn out to be this Congress' single most calamitous
Aloha Oy Vey! By law,
Congress cannot discriminate in favor of one race over others. Congress cannot create Indian tribes,
it can only recognize ones that exist, provided they can prove their history. Furthermore, a large
percentage of tribal members live on reservations, whereas Native Hawaiians are scattered throughout the
Hawaiian Islands and some live on the mainland. Approximately 20 percent of Hawaii's residents
would become part of this "governing entity," and it would have jurisdiction over members residing in other
states. The bill would give them racially exclusive rights, thus discriminating against their fellow
citizens of other races.
Color Bind: Racial preferences
carry a high price.
Bush Backs Racial
Preferences: Contradicting a campaign pledge, the Bush administration backs constitutionally
dubious racial set-asides of government contracts.
Bush administration supports racial
preferences: Never-Ending Supreme Court Case Has Bush Fighting for Affirmative Action. Back
when he was just a hopeful candidate with his eye on the White House, George W. Bush expressed
concerns about affirmative action. "I don't like quotas," Bush said during the third presidential
debate against former Vice President Al Gore in October. "Quotas tend to pit one group of people
against another. Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way that America is all about."
But the Bush administration's Justice Department is set to defend the policy of awarding some government
contracts based on race when it argues the remnants of a long-running case returning to the Supreme Court
Standards: A measure of accommodation is accorded children because they are not adults and thus
not to be held to the same accountability standards. But should that same accommodation be accorded to a race