Thursday, September 06, 2012
Article on "government-imposed racial labels"
Good article on "government-imposed racial labels" and the Fisher case from the Supreme Court's next term on affirmative action. Pardon my "political incorrectness," and "racism", but IMHO, if they ever were, racial preferences are no longer justified. "Equal Protection" means "equal protection." As Justice Harlan wrote (dissenting in Plessy v. Ferguson): "Our constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law." While racial preferences may have been motivated originally by good intentions, they have become a form of patronage and vote-buying. Preferences only add to the division of a badly-divided country. Further, even if justified, such programs should be authorized only by a politically accountable source (governor, legislator). Higher ed faculty and administrators generally lean far left and have no political (and rarely any other kind of serious accountability) accountability for rights violations. Lawsuits are the only real remedy. Of course, the taxpayer pays the costs for the legal defense of these policies.