Sunday, April 27, 2014

Affirmative Action Going Away

Eight states have enacted laws, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, related to university admissions, job promotions or anything else, in accordance with the Constitution.  The Supreme Court just upheld their law, enacted by initiative in Michigan, by a vote of 6 to 2.  Affirmative Action was supposed to benefit Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans; but it did so at the expense of every other racial group, including Asians.  It really is illogical to use discrimination to presumably deal with discrimination.  So, presumably a Black student with lower test scores and grades was being given preference, for university admission, over a White or Asian student with higher test scores and grades.   How is that equal protection under the law. 

Clearly, the Supreme Court just ruled that it is not equal protection.  Years ago, this Blogger experience Affirmative Action discrimination.   While I was working in education in LA City Schools, I received a call from an Administrator to tell me that I was being considered for an Administrative position in the district.  The woman who called me told me that they were really looking for a Mexican; but that they knew I spoke Spanish, was Italian and had a mustache at the time, which the woman concluded might be close enough.   I never did get a job interview because I was White.   The job actually went to a Black woman.  This incident was one of the reasons I left public education.  I concluded that even though I earned a Masters Degree in Education Administration, with straight A's and held an Administrative Credential, was a successful Program Coordinator and had taught junior, senior and adult schools, that I would not be given an opportunity to advance within the district as a result of Affirmative Action.   I moved on to experience success in business, which was a real loss to public education.  These people were being promoted not because of their qualifications; but solely because of their skin color and that was wrong.  In my case, I ended up better off because it caused me to leave the system to move on to greener pastures; but that is not always the case. 

Affirmative Action is bad for our country and should be eliminated because it is discriminatory.   If the argument is that public schools in the inner cities of our country are inferior to public schools in the suburbs, then poor parents should be given Vouchers to send their kids to private schools as the solution; not more discrimination.   Americans should compete for university spots, or for jobs based on their grades, test scores, education, experience and job skills, not on the basis of any one's skin color.  After spending trillions of dollars on the War on Poverty since 1965, that ship has sailed.  This argument is really more about economics than skin color anyway.   A poor White kid is probably no better off than a poor Black kid when it comes to university entrance, or connections to get good jobs.  Besides, we have a half Black President who is very smart and was only elected because he is Black.  In essence, Obama is an Affirmative Action President.   However in his case, Obama is incompetent because of his Socialist ideology and lack of experience; not the color of his skin.  It is time to move on.  The Supreme Court got it right.   

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