Would you like to be?
The nation’s highest court is hearing two cases challenging racial admission preferences at Harvard and North Carolina universities. Even Ol’ Sparky has lost track of the race-based lawsuits churning through our courts. (A partial list.)
Grok the bureaucratic racial spread-sheeting (the Irish pronunciation): Harvard admits 56.1% of black applicants (fifty-six point ONE!) in the top academic tenth percentile compared with 31.3% of hispanics, 15.3% of whites and 12.7% of Asians. A black applicant in the fourth-lowest decile, the Wall Street Journal reports, ”has a higher chance of admission (12.8%) than an Asian American in the top decile.”
“Guamanian or Chamorro? How about ‘None of the Above’
What does it tell you that the primary racial problems in America today are two-fold? Reverse discrimination by government and institutions, for one. The other is the progressive tendency to substitute race for behavior.
The solution to all this is to ban, prohibit, outlaw, forbid and penalize any and all governmental references to race. At one swell foop, America becomes officially race blind. The racial make-up of jail “residents”? Irrelevant. If you’re beating classmates or shooting up the neighborhood, what difference does race make? Not even Derek Chauvin was charged with a hate crime — but aren’t all crimes hateful? Or do assailants love their victims?
How to kill identity politics
The place to start is the next U.S. Census. Quit asking race. Want to follow the science? Race is more religion than science. Even the Census Bureau admits, “An individual’s response to the race question is based upon self-identification.”
Yes, race is used to assure majority minority legislative districts. Got to stop. People with dark complexions are not monolithic. It is racist to think otherwise (not that it stops Democrats.) The Civil Rights Act of 1964, after all, bans racial discrimination “under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” For good reason, the high court in 2013 rescinded pre-clearance approval of voting laws in nine southern states. (Which Democrats wanted to restore in their scuttled Vote Back Better bill.) After 50 years, the medicine out-lasted the disease. Just ask Tim Scott, elected a U.S. senator in the birthplace of the Confederacy. As a Republican with a dark skin tone.
What is Tiger Woods, except one helluva great golfer and dangerous driver? If our progressive … acquaintances are intent on self-identification, perhaps Rachel Doleazal really is black! Who is anyone — her parents included — to say nay? (Maybe the horse she rode in on.)
Chief Justice Roberts’ Bottom Line: He said it in 2007: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”
David wrote, “The solution to all this is to ban, prohibit, outlaw, forbid and penalize any and all governmental references to race. At one swell foop, America becomes officially race blind. The racial make-up of jail “residents”? Irrelevant. If you’re beating classmates or shooting up the neighborhood, what difference does race make?”
You and I think similarly on this topic.
I’ve been making that kind of argument for years. I’ve made the argument on this blog, other blogs, on Facebook, on news media articles and I think I’ve touched on it a couple of times in my own blog (see a couple of quotes and links below). I’ve also been called a racist in the non-virtual world for making a similar arguments, especially in racially mixed crowds, and my reply is usually something like “to a racist everything is about race” and their opinion that race should be considered is a signature significant¹ Freudian Slip² that exposes their hidden, maybe even subconscious, racism.
¹Signature Significance: Signature significance posits that a single act can be so remarkable that it has predictive and analytical value, and should not be dismissed as statistically insignificant.
²Freudian Slip: noun, is a slip of the tongue that is motivated by and reveals some unconscious aspect of the mind.
Here’s what I wrote on this blog in May of 2021…
Here’s what I wrote on Dave Cieslewicz’s blog in October of 2021…
If we as a nation want to become as racially blind as we ethically and morally should, then I truly think that any question regarding race on any application of any kind in the United States of America should be considered illegal and I’ll make that argument every chance the topic comes up.
Good timing on this, as I see Joe Biden has already stated in advance that the replacement for Stephen Breyer will be a Black woman. Can you imagine if Trump had come out ahead of time and said “I’ll only pick from white men for my choice.”? Some kinds of racism are just fine, I guess… I’m becoming so cynical about this issue that I’m increasingly convinced the Left is trying to make racial division worse just as an employment plan for themselves.
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Predicting that Biden names Kamala Harris, mainly to off load the woman.
Either her or Stacey Abrams, the new pillar of Democrat incompetence.
Shouldn’t the pick also be trans. or at least alphabet+?
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I believe you’re 100% correct, John. No longer can we in the US just appoint (or even elect) based on merit, character and/or intelligence.
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I agree with you, David. The problem is that the Regressive (TM) Dems need people of various races to vote for them since they really have not much in their policies to stand on in order to move this country forward. By pandering to all the various ethnic backgrounds by repeated telling them that people of European descent are out to hold them down and back, despite reality, the Regressives (TM) have been able to keep racial minorities “in line”. That is starting to crack; hence the need to import people across our southern border like there is no tomorrow to overwhelm our political system and services to the new immigrants provided by the government. The Regressives (TM) then expect the new arrivals to vote Regressive (TM) as quid pro quo to replace those minorities who have figured out that the Regressives (TM) have used them for their votes and now vote for the GOP.
Affirmative Action is reparations lite and holy writ among college admissions officers. If the Supreme Court strikes it down, they’ll find another way to use race as one of the primary factors in deciding who gets into their domain. “After fifty years, the medicine outlasted the disease.” Can you think of any government program of which this is NOT true? And speaking of colleges, according to data from the nonpartisan National Student Clearinghouse, women account for nearly 60% of students enrolled in college in the 2020-21 academic year while men account for 40%. How many of those programs designed to promote gender equity in college enrollment have been rescinded? Now of course, the emphasis is on making sure the number of female astrophysicists or mathematicians or engineers equals (or better yet exceeds) the number of males in those fields. Yet somehow the glaring gender inequities among elementary schoolteachers or nurses is no cause for alarm.
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This is silly.
The entire race/sexuality conversation is simply a two-bit division tactic. Regarding it as anything more than an outdated social diversion strategy is very lemmingish.
Wisconsin Dells has just opened a Guam microbrew and restaurant. Any chance regular commenter Richard Lesiak could review the beer?
Is beer a solution to the entire race/sexuality conversation? Probably not, but it has worked. Blaska may remember the two bit tap beer.
First off; native Guamanians are the Chamorros. Many do live in the U.S. Interesting that you are only concerned with beer and not their foods. If your ever here try the red rice with a side of fina’denne. Lemmai, Mangga, Niyak, Bilimbines, Kelaguen and Kadonpika are also some of the local dishes served. The only thing Americans ever added to their culture was Spam. For you I would suggest having a “two-bit” tap of Blatz at Nigs. More your style.
America is the reason Guam hasn’t tipped over.
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