We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Forty years ago, affirmative action (designed for Americans With Some African Genetics) was instituted on a temporary basis in an effort to make up for years of presumed socio-economic marginalization, or as compensation for a history of American slavery, or as a political maneuver, or something.
As a concept, it seems unconstitutional on its face. Today, it seems like insidious nonsense (eg, Is Obama more a black man or a white man? Or does the one-drop rule apply?).
The progressives on the Court are likely to desire to continue this unconstitutional entitlement for another 40 years or, God knows, forever. Why? Who knows? A reflex to condescension? Justice Kennedy is probably the swing vote. Here's Justice Kennedy and Affirmative Action.
I think affirmative action is insulting and condescending. Some related items:
Fire Dept of NYC required by judge to alter entry exam until racially balanced. I've seen plenty of Irish, Italian, and Hispanic NYC firemen, some black guys, but never an Asian fireman (are Indians also Asians? At some point, one can begin to sound like a Nazi with all of this genetic obesession).
Because of all of the bright and ambitious new Asians, the gene counters are beginning to categorize Asians as "White." It's all insane because we're all the same species of ape: Homo semi-sapiens.
It must be clear that I hate the idea of racial or ethnic discrimination in academia or in employment of any sort, but it doesn't happen these days because people will hire anybody who can get the job done. However, I think there are two subtle factors which might be holding back opportunities for Americans with African genes: 1, you can't be sure they aren't affirmative action applicants and, 2, if they don't work out in a position, there can be hell to pay to get rid of them because of their privileged situation. Just ask any HR department about this.
Firing Barack Obama for poor performance would go a long way towards integrating Americans with Some African Genes into the normal mainstream of American life. The Peter Principle knows neither skin tone nor gender.
Go read the transcript of the SC hearing on this over at Steve Sailer's blog. The absolute absurdity will blow your mind. It would make a classic Monty Python skit except the UT defender is serious.
The whole affirmative action, diversity concept is a scam, time to shut it down or at least get it back to its core purpose which was to assist African-American descendents of American slaves who also had to endure . If we can't postively determine who those are anymore than these programs are worse than worthless.
Affirmative action is by definition racial discrimination. Would anyone stand still for affirmative action in football and basketball? How about nursing and educational grants? Your local community college has programs that they don't advertise and in fact take efforts to hide that actively seek out illegal aliens to place in sought after classes. They do the same for most minorities and women. Ironically not because these groups are under represented, to the contrary it is white males that are under represented in college and many desirable education tracks. But it doesn't matter. Presumably if the colleges achieve 100% female and minority attendence they will still hire high paid affirmative action brown shirts to make sure no white men can get in. How is this different from what the Democrats did to blacks in the deep south prior to 1960???