“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
– Thomas Sowell
President John F. Kennedy, on March 6, 1961, signed Executive Order 10925, which created affirmative action and required that government employers “not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, or national origin” and “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.” Affirmative action has less to do with equality than with egalitarianism (equality of results), less to do with remedying historical slavery and Jim Crow discrimination against blacks and other minorities and more to do with the hypocritical charade to assuage white Democratic Party guilt against blacks – whites who throughout history have constantly blocked true equality and success for black people, while behind the scenes leftists perpetrate an invidious racism against real achievement, which persists even to this day.
My strong contention in this column is to demonstrate that affirmative action is nothing but affirmative slave chains attached around the neck, wrists, ankles and minds of my people; that for over 50 years progressive whites have cynically used tokenism, race statists and quota systems to allow certain blacks to prosper (Democrats) – but for those people like myself (conservatives), affirmative action has done nothing to help us become fully integrated commensurate with our education achievements. The result is that I, and doubtlessly millions of other hardworking minorities, have had to eke out an existence on the margins of a society called America the Beautiful.
Why do I compare affirmative action to slave chains? Because slave chains historically were used to bind, to dehumanize, to punish, to silence. Affirmative action punishes and enslaves truth and real achievement and forever stains it with the epithet stamp of UNQUALIFIED on all black achievements.
This week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Proposal 2, a 2006 voter-passed initiative banning the use of race in public settings, including in admission decisions at Michigan’s public universities. Although a decision probably won’t come for months, when it does, it will have broad implications. If the court upholds the initiative, the debate over affirmative action in Michigan will essentially be dead, and efforts to prohibit it in other states will begin in earnest. If the court reverses the ban, affirmative action in admissions decisions at Michigan’s public universities and in six other states will be restored.
Quoting Hillary Clinton, “What difference does it make?” if U of M has 6.5 percent, 4.74 percent or 0.01 percent black students? If they possess “U of M degrees” of worthless value because blacks can’t get hired in white America commensurate with their degree-level and skills due to the perceived stigma of affirmative action? (I have a U of M graduate degree that has been virtually worthless to my vocational aspirations) What different does it make if affirmative action does nothing to remove institutional racism – institutions that are all totally dominated by the descendants of the very people (e.g., the Democratic Socialist Party, progressives, liberals, secular humanists) who established slavery, Jim Crow, the KKK, socialism, secular humanism, Social Darwinism, eugenics, postmodernism, the welfare state, projects, ghetto life, liberal fascism, abortion of one-third of black babies per day, etc.?
If they really wanted racial equality, then white America should just start including blacks in the “We” of We the People. This solution will never happen, though, because affirmative action is easier to implement than real justice. Affirmative action gives cover to racist liberals, progressive and establishment GOP whites to feign the appearance of fairness and justice while at every level and institution beyond college where theory meets reality, black Americans face higher rates of unemployment, crime, discrimination, injustice and racial hatred under a so-called black president than during the height of Jim Crow discrimination in the 1950s and ’60s!
In a previous biographical essay about my own 30-year struggles to be judged not by the color of my skin and ideological worldview, but by the content of my character and actual scholarly achievements, I explain the things done in my career that no sitting member of the U.S. Supreme Court nor any law professors I know of have done, accomplished apart from affirmative action. Yet good non-racist white liberals, progressives and even establishment Republicans ignore these real achievements by blacks like me and hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of other minorities of every variety because their achievements were outside the affirmative action slave system; therefore, their accomplishments in the minds of white progressives aren’t “authentic” and thus unworthy of notice, respect and emulation (e.g., Justice Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Star Parker, Allen West, Alan Keyes, Pastor Levon Yuille, Shelby Steele, etc.).
Is this justice, or is this white Democratic Socialist Party hypocrisy? If it is the latter, it must be exposed and eradicated by more and more people in a power position to do so. America, stop allowing racist liberals, reactionary progressives, delusional evolution atheists and unhinged postmodernists to set up these phony institutions like affirmative action, offices of diversity, speech codes and phony LBJ 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Acts, which Johnson bragged would “have those n—ers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” Stop this insanity.
Let all people of goodwill rise up and with the Michigan voters who in 2006 passed Proposal 2 and say No to affirmative action. Let every black American say No to the slave chains of white guilt called servile tokenism and racial quotas and have enough honor to say, “If I’m not smart enough to go to Harvard, then I’ll go to Howard, but at least wherever I go to college I won’t have the sword of Damocles hanging over my head, over my career telling all who view me that I didn’t earn my education, my vocation, my rightful place in society.”
End affirmative action, end affirmative slave chains!