During this political season I’ve listened to the supporters and opponents of Affirmative Action and those who think they are a supporter or opponents for awhile and wanted to offer a different perspective on the topic.
Affirmative Action has become an ideological divisive issue that has been effectively used to play on the fears of primarily Whites and Blacks in America, but other racial groups should be included as the political targets of fear mongers too.
The fear mongers are those who support and oppose Affirmative Action. I believe that it’s not always intentional, but due to a lack of understanding for the need for the program and the conditions that supports its existence.
Affirmative Action — Why do we need this program? Why do you agree or disagree with it?
If you’re honest with yourself you will admit that after you read the title you immediately had a mental picture of Barack Obama. That’s the product of effective social programming and accepted cultural perceptions. Affirmative Action = Black for many people of all races including African Americans.
I want to challenge you to think about the numerous expectations placed on Barack Obama during the Democratic Primary and in the General Election and one could argue that it doesn’t measure up to the definition of Affirmative Action.
So what is Affirmative Action?
Affirmative Action is a set of public policies and initiatives designed to help eliminate past and present discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Why is it that more African Americans benefit from this program than other races?
I believe that’s the misconception that is promoted by those who use the program as a political baton to drum up support or division.
Instead of allowing yourself to be divided by an issue I am asking you to measure your arguments for and against Affirmative Actions fairly and equally to all candidates.
The Republican Vice-Presidential Candidacy of Sarah Palin should not be measured differently than any other candidacy. Isn’t it basically what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “…judged by the content of my character not the color of my skin.” Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney did not get any breaks. So why should Sarah Palin be protected from public scrutiny? If we are to eliminate the need for Affirmative Action we can not permit the bar of expectations to be lowered to ground level for one, but not for all. If we live in a “post-racial” society you wouldn’t have the need for the program, but that united state has not become reality in America.
The level of expectation was not lower for Barack Obama. The level of expectation was not lower for Bill Richardson. The level of expectation was not lower for Hillary Clinton. The level of expectation was not lower for Mitt Romney. If or when they misspoke or made a mistake they paid for it. The bias against the unknown or misunderstood supports the argument for Affirmative Action and undermines the argument against it.
Conservatives tend to argue against Affirmative Action using the typical rhetoric passed down year after year, but does nothing to address the valid argument for it.
Liberals tend to argue for Affirmative Action using the typical rhetoric passed down year after year, but does nothing to address the valid argument against it.
No one seems to want to listen to each other and work together towards true equality and unbiased treatment. Isn’t that the ultimate goal? What you want will not happen until you work together and address the real issues behind Affirmative Action.
Sarah Palin is the Affirmative Action Candidate in the election cycle, not Barack Obama. The fact that she is protected for speaking to members of the media is an indicator that she is the Affirmative Action Candidate. The fact that the political spin masters want you to ignore the facts is an indicator that she is the Affirmative Action Candidate. When her statements are easily fact checked as false, but she’s still viewed as credible is an indicator that she is the Affirmative Action Candidate.
If Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney made the same mistakes that Sarah Palin has and continues to make during this campaign season they would have been disqualified quickly and deemed unsuitable to hold the office of President or Vice-President of the United States.
Whether you’re for or against Affirmative Action you will have a difficult time disproving that Sarah Palin is the Affirmative Action Candidate.
PS: Now I know someone is going to submit some unusual arguments without even reading or getting a grasp of what was just written. So for those individuals I know will feel the need to comment, just think about it first. I’m not arguing for or against Affirmative Action. I actually understand both sides of the argument. My argument is that nothing is going to change until we all change our way of thinking and come on one accord to resolve our grievances both past and present without reservations and misconceptions of what the other group thinks.
More Information and News Stories around Affirmative Action:
- N.O.W. “The Origins of Affirmative Action”
- Cornell University Law School “13th Amendment“
- Cornell University Law School “14th Amendment”
- Cornell University Law School “15th Amendment”
- U.S. Equal employment Opportunity Commission
- Wikipedia “Affirmative Action”
- Washington Post – October 1998 “Affirmative Action Under Attack”
- MSNBC – 07/27/08 “McCain backs efforts banning Affirmative Action”
- USA Today – 07/27/08 “McCain sides with ban on Affirmative Action”
- ABC News – 07/27/08 “McCain Reverses Himself on Affirmative Action”
- ABC News “Barack Obama’s view on Affirmative Action”
- 1999 Unity Convention (Seattle, WA) – 07/08/99 “John McCain Supports Affirmative Action”
- ABC News “Democratic Primary Debate with Clinton & Obama”
- Slate – 03/31/08 “Shades of Gray”
- U.S. Department of Labor “Facts on Executive Order 11246 – Affirmative Action