Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Affirmative Action: The Road To Hell

Four years ago I wrote my first post regarding affirmative action. In part, it was in response to a proposed Michigan law modifying their constitution and outlawing racial preferences.

Today, the federal constitutionality of that amendment was argued in front of the Supreme Court. As mentioned before, the law states the following:
"The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."
It's tragic that so-called civil rights groups are today arguing that the state SHALL discriminate on behalf of minorities. It makes me think of Fredrick Douglass's speech given at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in Boston in 1865 entitled "What the Black Man Wants." The most relevant part in my mind is this:
"Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall!"
Unfortunately, the mischief continues because of the good intentions of others. But remember, how that road to Hell is paved!

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