Affirmative  Action


Affirmative Action is an open-ended solution to a problem that has already been fixed.  The blatant discrimination that existed fifty or a hundred years ago is all but completely gone, but this "solution" is here to stay.  Now the tables are turned, and a system of racial quotas and (constantly expanding) reverse discrimination appears to be in place permanently.

When you look at a list of federal government agencies, departments, bureaus, divisions and directorates, one thing you'll notice right away is the number of offices and agencies dedicated to career advancement for certain people based on their gender or ethnicity.  Every facet of the government seems to include an office for the promotion of workplace diversity, equal employment opportunity, minority resources, or disadvantaged business utilization.  These are all code words for discrimination against able-bodied white males.  In some cases a single office is in charge of equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity.  But it is logically impossible to implement diversity without discrimination.

Workplace diversity adds nothing to productivity.  The Japanese economy is thriving, yet Japan has the least diverse work force in the world.  God originated workplace diversity at the Tower of Babel — as punishment! — and stopped the entire project overnight.

If I were the only person who disagreed with the racial discrimination now known as "affirmative action", this page would be pointless.  And if every one of the articles listed on this page had been written by a caucasian, you could easily dismiss it as a the ranting of bigots.  But in fact many of these authors are themselves black and/or female, or represent some other minority.  Some have PhD's, and they all write very convincingly.

Related page:  Elizabeth Warren plays the Affirmative Action system.



Mathematics Is Not 'White'.  Recently, the NYC Board of Regents decided to loosen the certification process for new teachers, since not enough of their P.C. diversity quota were passing these qualifying tests.  Are we to believe that adults choosing the noble profession of teaching who cannot read, write, speak, or calculate to an established rigorous level (a level any parent expects) should be granted exemptions owing to some diversity goal?  Can't jump over the bar?  Let's lower it, then!  Problem solved.

Not Affirmative Enough.  Affirmative action privileges for blacks and (to a lesser extent) Hispanics have been a near-universal feature of college admissions for what is now approaching a half century.  What have we learned since the late 1960s?  Perhaps the strangest result is that the biggest winners from racial quotas have turned out to be blacks who aren't descended from victimized American slaves but are instead descended from the slave peddlers, or from whites, or, as in the case of Barack Obama, from both.

Former Agent:  Secret Service Lowered Standards In Pursuit Of Diversity.  As the U.S. Secret Service sought greater diversity in its ranks, the agency lowered its standards, former agent Dan Bongino says in a new book on the inner workings of the government agency assigned to protect the President of the United States.  This accusation has led to a war of words between the former agent and the agency he used to work for.  The lowering of standards has been ongoing since at least "the early 2000s," according to the book.

Justine Damond:  Killed By "Islamophobia".  Mohamed Noor is a Somali Muslim.  He was the first Somali Muslim on the Minneapolis police force.  In 2016, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges expressed her excitement about that fact: [...] Hodges wasn't excited because Mohamed Noor had the skills necessary to become a fine police officer.  She was only excited because he represented a religious and ethnic that she was anxious to court.  And it is increasingly clear, as we learn about Mohamed Noor's nervousness and jumpiness and lack of respect for women, and from his own account of events that he relayed to friends (that he was "startled" and reacted by opening fire), that Mohamed Noor was not cut out to be a policeman.  He did not have the temperament for it, and if he hadn't killed Justine Damond, he would likely have done something similar at some point.  So why was he on the force at all?  Because he was the first Somali Muslim on the Minneapolis police force.  He was a symbol of our glorious multicultural mosaic.  He was a rebuke to "Islamophobes" and proof that what they say is false.  Minneapolis authorities placed a great deal of faith in Mohamed Noor.  He was for them the triumph of diversity, the victory of their worldview.

Why Obama's presidency didn't lead to black progress.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was followed by large increases in black elected officials.  In the Deep South, black officeholders grew from 100 in 1964 to 4,300 in 1978.  By the early 1980s, major US cities with large black populations, such as Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia, had elected black mayors.  Between 1970 and 2010, the number of black elected officials nationwide increased from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000.  Yet the socioeconomic progress that was supposed to follow in the wake of these political gains never materialized.  During an era of growing black political influence, blacks as a group progressed at a slower rate than whites, and the black poor actually lost ground.

New York Public Schools Prefer Illiterate Teachers.  As bad as New York public schools are presently, they are about to get a lot worse.  The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that, "New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers..."  Now why would the New York Education Department do such a thing?  Care to take a guess?  If you guessed racism, you win the prize.  Actually there is no prize other than the satisfaction that you have an understanding of the liberal mind — where if all is not right with their world, the fault must be due to racism.  They claim that scrapping the "Academic Literacy Skills Test" is necessary "because an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing it." [...] By some miracle, the tests appeared to doing what they were designed to — separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.  But the problem is that the chaff is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.

Who Has More Privilege Than Barack Obama?  Obama was not born into substantial wealth, but his family on both sides was well connected, providing a traditional advantage that allowed him entry into elite society.  This old-style leg up then combined with modern leftist ethnic-racial privileges, overwhelmingly present in academia and the media, to advance Obama at every turn.  This created a powerful cocktail of built-in benefits that gave Obama almost every conceivable benefit of the doubt while at the same time allowing him to claim victim status.  More than anything else, it is this dynamic that explains his rise and his selfishness.  It also clarifies Obama's heavy narcissism, bullying behavior, and utter lack of graciousness.  Without these privileges, Obama gets nowhere.

Parting Regrets from the LOSer's Presidency.  It is not certain that Barack Obama is the first president with African progenitors on adjacent branches of the ancestral tree.  It is absolutely certain that he is the first president in American history who shot to the presidency on the rocket of race-based preferentialism.  Mr. Obama became commander-in-chief without ever evidencing knowledge or even respect for the U.S. military because throughout his education and career, he enjoyed astronomical preferences above his peers, even above more qualified competitors, due not to his achievements, but to his bronzish mug.  He in turn chose his wife and his attorneys general from his cohort beneficiaries of the peculiar institutions of affirmative action, the racialist hypersensitivity and preferencing that arose in the 1960s.

Is Affirmative Action the New Noblesse Oblige?  The idea of a privileged class bestowing gifts and benefits to lower classes — their economic and social inferiors, by definition — rubs against our egalitarian principles.  It's an implicitly condescending attitude, but that's not the worst part.  Noblesse oblige was despised in Revolutionary France because it inhibited social progress.  As the peasantry pushed for meaningful reforms that might transform the state of their condition, French patricians patted themselves on the back for bestowing kindness on the poor peasants, remaining oblivious to their actual grievances.  There seems to be a bit of a parallel here to affirmative action policies in the United States.

Feds Order Law Enforcement Agencies to HIRE Criminals as Cops.  The Obama administration has taken its liberal, forced-diversity campaign to law enforcement with the administration's latest request that law enforcement agencies dramatically lower their standards to get more people from "underrepresented communities" hired.

Trump's Answer to Black-on-Cop Murder.  Racial resentment and hostility against white people have been an institution in this country for at least 40 years.  Every affirmative action program — in Europe they call it positive discrimination — has two sides:  Give black people special preferences for jobs, schools, contracts... you name it.  But the other side, the darker side, is a story of how black people are relentless victims of relentless white racism — all the time, everywhere, that explains everything.  This fairy tale of white racism has saturated every nook and cranny of our public and private lives and done enormous damage.  And now it is coming home to roost in the form of black-on-white hostility that is mainstream and easy to find.

The Fraud Goes On.  Supreme Court decisions in affirmative action cases are the longest running fraud since the 1896 decision upholding racial segregation laws in the Jim Crow South, on grounds that "separate but equal" facilities were consistent with the Constitution.  Everybody knew that those facilities were separate but by no means equal.  Nevertheless, this charade lasted until 1954.  The Supreme Court's affirmative action cases have now lasted since 1974 when, in the case of "DeFunis v. Odegaard," the Court voted 5 to 4 that this particular case was moot, which spared the justices from having to vote on its merits.  While the 1896 "separate but equal" decision lasted 58 years, the Supreme Court's affirmative action cases have now had 42 years of evasion, sophistry and fraud, with no end in sight.

The Speaker Crisis and the Rape of the 'Typical American'.  Since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s typical Americans have been told to sit down and shut up.  First was the need to provide Affirmative Action for the victims of slavery, although plenty of other Americans had suffered dreadful exploitation and oppression before coming to the Land of the Free.  Then the typical American had to wait while high-status women were integrated into the workforce and had broken the notorious glass ceilings.  Centuries of patriarchy and the Double Standard had marginalized well-born women from the chance to work in a cubicle and from experiencing their inner CEO.

When Did White Men Become The Bad Guys in America?  White people (men included) are the only group in the country that is discriminated against via Affirmative Action by official government policy.  In all fairness, Asians are also discriminated against by universities that often wave them off in favor of less qualified applicants from different racial groups, but there's no widespread cultural assault against Asian Americans.  To the contrary, when it comes to white men, outright hatred based on our skin color is commonplace.

NY Times Bosses Warn Managers:  Meet Diversity Goals or Get FiredWashington Post media blogger Erik Wemple reports that The New York Times is getting very serious about diversity goals in recruiting, hiring, and promoting.  Chief Executive Mark Thompson raised eyebrows at a gathering of managers on the business and news sides of the newspaper.  According to three Wemple sources, "Supervisors who fail to meet upper management's requirements in recruiting and hiring minority candidates or who fail to seek out minority candidates for promotions face some stern consequences:  They'll be either encouraged to leave or be fired."

Whether they're qualified or not...
Hillary: My Cabinet Will Be 50% Women.  Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised that her Cabinet would be 50% women if she is elected president during a town hall on MSNBC on Monday [4/25/2016].

Christians, Conservatives, Men, and White People Are Not Responsible For Your Problems.  White people are obsessively lectured about white privilege, usually by very privileged black professors and television personalities who apparently have no sense of irony.  We hear endlessly about the supposed perils of white racism in a nation that just elected the first black president while it's the official policy of the government to discriminate against white Americans based on their skin color via affirmative action.

State Police boosted academy diversity by ignoring background checks, suit says.  A veteran state trooper alleges in a whistleblower lawsuit she was retaliated against by her superiors after raising objections that police academy background checks were compromised because of pressure to increase racial diversity among State Police ranks.  Acting Sgt. Jaclyn Jiras, who spent five months working as a background investigator at a time the division was being scrutinized for its lack of black cadets, claims she was reassigned and denied a promotion when she flagged applicants with troubled legal histories and criminal backgrounds.

DOD Diversity Chief Violates Rules, Gives Leftist Groups $300k to Promote Agenda.  To meet the Obama administration's goal of "implementing a robust diversity strategy" at the Department of Defense (DOD), the agency's director of diversity violated government rules by distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to controversial leftist groups. [...] Among the recipients is the notorious open borders group League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Minority Access Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit committed to decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices, and the renowned National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Others include the Society of American Indian Government Employees and the Asian American Government Executive Network.  In all, the Pentagon's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODME) gave these and other groups north of $300,000, according to a DOD Inspector General report released this month.  These are considered "affinity" groups involved with networking or professional associations that are often race, ethnic background or gender based, according to the report.

Obama's 'diversity' diktat is a giant gift to lawyers.  If you're a white male looking for a job, your search just got harder.  Claiming women aren't getting paid enough, President Obama wants to make it easier to accuse employers of gender discrimination and hit them with class-action lawsuits.  A new regulation proposed on Friday [1/29/2016] will require all employers with 100 or more workers to report how much their workforce is paid, broken down by race and gender.  The rule, slated to go into effect in September 2017, will cause headaches for employers and anyone — man or woman — who works hard and expects to get ahead based on merit.  The winners are federal bean counters, class-action lawyers and the Democratic Party, which is playing up the gender "wage gap" as usual during this election year.  Never mind that the gap is largely fiction.

The quota-driven drive to make flying more perilous.  Air-traffic controllers are far too important to Americans' safety to be subjected to unconstitutional race-based hiring in the name of "diversity."  It's a shame the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't see it that way. [...] That the agency responsible for maintaining the safety of thousands of aircraft that transverse the United States each day, not to mention the millions of Americans on-board, would abandon a time-tested procedure for hiring the nation's best and brightest in the name of diversity is shocking, but not surprising, given the administration's obsession with race.

Woman who failed FDNY physical test 6 times given another chance.  A woman who six times failed the physical test to become an FDNY firefighter is being given another chance — and this time, critics say, the fix is in.  "She'll graduate, no question," said an FDNY member.  "The department doesn't want another black eye."  Wendy Tapia was allowed to conditionally graduate from the Fire Academy on May 17, 2013, even though she had failed the running test.  After swearing her in, the FDNY gave Tapia five more chances to run the required 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less, but she couldn't do it.  She quit — never having worked a tour of duty.

The next affirmative action group will be Muslims.  Barack Obama continues to fundamentally transform and tilt our nation to favor one of his favorite groups — Muslims — at the expense of everyone else.  Early in his presidency, Barack Obama's plans to control the Census Bureau unleashed a firestorm of criticism.  The White House in a radical move ordered the Census Bureau to work directly with Barack Obama aides.  Since the 2010 census would play a key role in drawing House districts and electoral votes at least until 2020 there was criticism that Obama's moves, supported by other Democrats, would be used for partisan purposes to empower Democrats.  But there may have been ulterior motives, as there so often are when it comes to Democrat machinations.  The Wall Street Journal reports that moves are afoot to create a new way to empower Muslims who live in America: [...]

Affirmative Action: Race to the Bottom.  On Dec. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to racial preferences in college admissions.  These preferences obviously hurt whites and Asians turned down to make room for less qualified minorities.  Ironically the preferences also harm many Hispanics and African-Americans — the very students that are supposed to be helped.  No wonder campuses are roiled with racial tension.  It's high time the court put a stop to racial preferences entirely.

The most obvious beneficiary of "affirmative action" yet:
Guest Writer Says Obama 'Should Be Forced to Resign'.  [Scroll down]  The fact is, Obama continues to serve for no other reason than the color of his skin.  As a black man, he relies on the collective guilt of white liberals to engage in whatever "high crimes and misdemeanors" he feels are necessary to his political agenda.  It is indisputable that, if he were a white man, he would have been removed from office long ago.

At last, the one day of the year when black federal employees can't be fired for any reason!
Black U.S. leaders call for Abolition Day holiday.  A group of black U.S. lawmakers and other prominent figures on Tuesday [11/24/2015] called on the federal government to declare a national holiday to mark Abolition Day, the official end to the nation's use of slavery.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as a federal appeals judge and the NAACP released a petition asking for the holiday to fall on Dec. 6, which this year marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

Would you go to a doctor who benefited from affirmative action?  Would you go to a doctor who you knew was admitted to medical school based on lower standards simply because of his ethnicity?  It's an important question, because the left is clamoring for even more of it.

Tech Jobs and Female Privilege.  Overall, women received 18 percent of Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degrees in 2013, yet were 26% of the computing workforce in 2014.  Women make up 30% of the workforce at tech giant Apple; at Intel, they represent about 24%; 22% of leaderships positions at Google are held by women.  Compared to their rates of participation in STEM majors in college, women also receive disproportionately higher job offers in IT, engineering and physics. [...] Intel is upping the ante, adding additional incentives including referral bonuses that are double for women candidates than male.  25% of Intel's workforce is female; moreover, 35% of its recent new hires were women, both well above the rates at which they are awarded computer-related degrees.  This affirmative action decays into reverse discrimination when they introduced a quota system to draw 40% of recruits in 2015 from underrepresented groups.

A Black Skin Privilege Tax?  The term "affirmative action" was first introduced by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, and developed and enforced for the first time by President Lyndon Johnson. "This is the next and more profound stage of the battle for civil rights," Johnson insisted.  "We seek... not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result."  The idea behind affirmative action was a well-intentioned effort to level the so-called playing field, primarily in the arenas of jobs and education.  Just as important, it was supposed to be a temporary remedy.  More than five decades later that temporary remedy is still with us.  Moreover that level playing field has tipped decidedly in favor of minorities, and its subsequent permutations have roiled the nation, beginning with the 1978 Supreme Court case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke.  The Court ruled 5-4 that the inflexible quota systems that resulted in white medical school applicant Allan Bakke being rejected in favor of less qualified minority applicants were impermissible.  Nonetheless the Court maintained the legality of affirmative action per se.

Use PsyWar Principles to Stop Clinton and Biden.  We now have people who advocate the election of Hillary Clinton for the sole purpose of giving the country its first female president, much as Barack Obama's election underscored the fact that affirmative action means hiring, appointing, or electing people for the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.

Obama's Killing the Left: Let's Help Him.  From the outset of this administration it has been clear that "diversity" (which to Obama means advancing the careers of every one of his cronies at the expense of non-Hispanic whites and males) over competence has been a major goal.  And each week we see how much that harms national needs and shatters national unity.  This week's big domestic fail, amusingly spun as "data exfiltration" of the over 21 million personnel files at the OPM, reveals the utter incompetence of Obama's select OPM (Office of Personnel Management) head, Katherine Achuleta, who finally was axed.

Archuleta OPM hack disaster crystallizes Obama administration incompetence.  Katherine Archuleta resigned as head of the Office of Personnel Management yesterday [7/10/2015], but the effects of her spectacular incompetence will harm the United States for many years to come.  Her rise and fall symbolically and substantively capture the essence of the Obama administration approach to its grave responsibilities, and its failure to meet them.  Archuleta's appointment to the position she occupied — in essence, human resources director for the largest employer in America — was a classic three-fer, in the cynical parlance of contemporary affirmative action.  She is a woman!  She is Hispanic!  She is (or was) politically connected and reliable!  You see, her prior work experience was on the Obama campaign.

Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test.  The FDNY for the first time in its history will allow someone who failed its crucial physical fitness test to join the Bravest, The [New York] Post has learned.  Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday [5/5/2015] from the Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply, an insider has revealed.  "They're going to allow the first person to graduate without passing because this administration has lowered the standard," said the insider, who is familiar with the training.

The Editor says...
I doubt if she will last very long as a fire fighter, since she will probably get very little assistance from her fellow rookies, and none at all from the old timers.  Then when she is fired, she will naturally file a discrimination lawsuit.

A first: Recruit fails fitness test but she's joining FDNY anyway, report says.  A recruit will be allowed to join the New York Fire Department, despite failing a grueling physical fitness test, according to the New York Post.  The Post reports that Rebecca Wax, 33, will graduate from the Fire Academy on Tuesday [5/5/2015], and will become the first firefighter to have failed the Functional Skills Training test.  The test requires potential recruits to climb six flights of stairs, break down doors and drag dummies with little visibility, limited air and not a lot of time, among other tasks, according to the Post.

Update:
Struggling firefighter injured after just 10 days into new job.  A firefighter who was allowed to graduate the Fire Academy despite failing physical tests has already gone out on medical leave — just 10 days into the job, The [New York] Post has learned.  Probationary firefighter Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder injured herself Monday while conducting a routine check of equipment at Queens' Engine 308 in South Richmond Hill.  Getting off the truck, Doirin-Holder missed a step and landed on her left foot, suffering a fracture, sources said.  It was her second shift after a transfer from Engine 301.  In training for a hazmat assignment, officers found her struggling to perform the required tasks.

Obama Administration Hires Top Attorney For Immigration Enforcement With Zero Immigration Law Experience.  President Barack Obama's administration is bringing on a new "Principal Legal Advisor" for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  But she has no experience in immigration law.

The Loretta Lynch Race Game.  Saturday's [4/18/2015] Washington Post front page carries on its recent tradition of fanning racialist flames without substantial regard to fact or context.  The header reads:  "Race creeps into debate over stalled nomination for attorney general" and the first graph notes that "African American and other civil rights leaders" are infuriated that Loretta Lynch's confirmation as attorney general has been held up because of — you guessed it — racism.  Responding to the president's dog whistle, National Action network and multimillionaire tax scofflaw Al Sharpton says he's going on a three-day hunger strike to force consideration of her nomination.  Be our guest, Al.

Nixing Loretta: Never mind her race, sex.  An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general:  Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist?  As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds.  The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality — membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which accusation of bias to make.

The Editor says...
Affirmative Action advances in only one direction, and has now reached the point where black females not only can't be fired, they can't be not hired.

FDNY Drops Physical Fitness Test Requirement to Boost Female Hire Rate.  In a somewhat controversial move, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has dropped the physical test requirement for probationary firefighters.  The move was done in part to increase the number of female members in FDNY.

The most destructive affirmative action case of all:
Obama's Black Skin Privilege.  Everyone knows it is true, and no one has the courage to say it.  The American people are letting Barack Obama destroy this country through illegal executive orders for one reason and one reason only.

The End of Affirmative Action.  Sometimes doctrines just vanish, once they appear as naked as the proverbial emperor in his new clothes.  Something like that seems now to be happening with affirmative action.  Despite all the justifications for its continuance, polling shows the public still strongly disagrees with the idea of using racial criteria for admissions and hiring.  Its dwindling supporters typically include those who directly benefit from it, or who are not adversely affected by it.  Arguments for the continuance of affirmative action are half-hearted and may explain why some supporters descend into name-calling directed at those who dare question its premises.

Black Skin Privilege.  Since the 1970s, most major corporations (and a host of smaller ones) have implemented wide-ranging race-specific strategies for recruiting minorities, sponsored scholarships for minority recipients, funded internship programs earmarked exclusively for nonwhite high school and college students, paid current and former employees a "reward" merely for identifying the names of potential "diversity candidates," and given financial bonuses to managers for successfully recruiting and/or promoting a significant number of black employees. [...] And of course, all of these measures also serve to separate their workers on the basis of race.  Needless to say, since government is the real source of these segregated arrangements, racial privileges are ubiquitous in government hiring practices.  Police and fire departments nationwide go to great lengths to recruit black applicants.  Where those applicants have failed the qualifying examinations in disproportionately high numbers, departments have simply thrown out the results, lowered the standards, or created new definitions of what constitutes a passing grade.

Top five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments.  Affirmative action used to be defended on the grounds that certain groups, particularly African Americans, are entitled to extra help because of the horrible legacy of slavery and institutionalized racism.  Whatever objections opponents may raise to that claim, it's a legitimate moral argument.  But that argument has been abandoned in recent years and replaced with a far less plausible and far more ideological claim: that enforced diversity is a permanent necessity.

High Court Humpty Dumptys.  Many may think that all race and sex discrimination is barred.  Not so!  Long ago, the court announced a constitutional right to engage in good discrimination (against whites and males), prohibiting only bad discrimination (against designated minorities and females).  Of course, linguistically gifted justices would never put it so crassly; instead, they elegantly distinguish "benign" from "malign" discrimination.  Ginsburg and Stevens used these terms.  Using Harvard lawyer skills, Justice Blackmun camouflaged the double-talk with a clever turn of phrase:  to "get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. ... [I]n order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently."

Affirmative Action reaches the Presidential Level.  [Scroll down]  Today, affirmative action is firmly established.  It is a common experience to learn that a less qualified candidate got the job or promotion that you interviewed for.  Being turned down for a job or promotion is bad enough, but it is demoralizing when you realize that your rejection was based on politics rather than qualifications.  Although these dubious government policies are still in effect, the public's support for them has largely faded.

What We Should Care About.  Conservatives love to point out that affirmative action programs actually hurt minorities and that feminism has hampered women.  Yes, that is probably true, but it misses the moral point to score electoral points.  Affirmative action programs and feminism are evil because both create notional classes of oppressors and oppressed, and both treat groups of individuals like cattle in a herd.  Statist bigotry toward white people or men is as vile as statist bigotry toward black people or women.

Barack Obama's America.  Barack Obama's America is one where black applicants who easily pass an entrance exam for the fire academy in New York can be denied a job for years but where black applicants who missed 70 percent of the exam questions can be eligible not just for jobs but for back pay, benefits and retroactive promotions.

A Discussion On Race, Crime And The Inconvenient Facts.  Let the record show that for the past 40 years or so, the only legally sanctioned racial discrimination in the U.S. has been in favor of blacks (and some other minorities), against whites.  When codified as so-called affirmative action, this was the first time in world history that an ethnic majority group intentionally disadvantaged itself to benefit another, purely out of a sense of justice (sometimes derided as "liberal guilt").  Some gratitude, indeed, on the part of the beneficiaries.

Liberalism and Mass Shootings.  Both large-scale military base slayings were carried out by protected minorities.  We can say without much fear of contradiction that Nidal Hassan was covered by someone — probably many someones — in the military hierarchy due to a desire to have a Muslim officer to show off in public.  Despite his lectures praising Jihadi terrorists, his refusal to serve in theatres involving combat against "fellow Muslims," and his Jihad r' Us business cards, Hasan was shielded right up to the day he opened fire at Fort Hood.  Needless to say, nobody in today's debased officer corps suffered for this.  The same process is not at all unlikely in the case of Aaron Alexis.  A black Buddhist is a twofer, a catch that any affirmative action officer would boast about for the rest of his career.  It's unlikely the vetting process went deeper than that.  It's well known that when racial quotas are involved, other criteria are thrust aside.  This practice has become life-threatening.

Would It Kill You to Hire More Black Cops? (Yes).  In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery, and aggravated assault will be.  Violent crime increased by a minimum of 3.3 percent every year after affirmative action policies went into effect — and the spike in crime was highest in black neighborhoods.  The problem was not, Lott showed, with black cops, but rather with the lowering of standards across the board, resulting in less-qualified officers of every race.

Why Are Democrats So Afraid?  [Scroll down]  Maybe the African American and women voters are right to be afraid. Any African American that works in a bureaucracy in America has to worry:  what would happen to me if Affirmative Action and diversity ended tomorrow?  How far would I sink without an Obama and a Democratic Party that's "Got My Back?"  Maybe women voters are right to be afraid too.  Not about their contraception, but about their jobs. Women are "overrepresented" in jobs like teacher, nurse, social worker.  Guess what would happen to jobs like that if Republicans ever got into power and started doing education reform, health care reform, and welfare reform?  So history comes full circle.  People that used to be on the outside looking in are now the insiders looking out at the angry faces pressed against the window.

Secret Service Requires Female Agents to Meet Lower Physical Strength Standards Than Male Agents.  According to the Secret Service, a male recruit in his twenties needs to perform 11 chin-ups to receive an "excellent" rating; performing four chin-ups or fewer would disqualify him from serving as a Secret Service agent.  But for a female recruit in her twenties, four chin-ups would earn her an "excellent" rating; just one chin-up is enough for her to avoid the disqualifying "very poor" rating.

Boston Police Civil Service Exams Don't Discriminate, Judge Says.  US District Court Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. ruled on Friday [9/5/2014] that civil service promotional exams used by the Boston Police Department did not discriminate against minority officers, The Boston Globe reports.  The decision means that the testing procedures of the exams, used by the BPD and several other departments in Massachusetts between 2005 and 2008, will not be required to change.

No More Affirmative Action Presidents.  We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.  With many people now acting as if it is time for "a woman" to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a president of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics, instead of individual qualifications.

Holder's absurd push for equal-outcome policing.  Women are thought to be not big enough and not strong enough to play [professional basketball] with men.  In a game where the scoreboard can't be argued with, that's not discrimination, but a simple recognition of the differences in strength, size and stamina between men and women.  Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. pretends there are no differences.  The Justice Department has sued the Pennsylvania State Police, alleging sex discrimination in the hiring of troopers.  The government lawyers argue that the physical-fitness tests the Pennsylvania State Police have used since 2003 "disproportionately disadvantage" women.

Obama Administration Suing State Police Over Physical Fitness Tests.  Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women.

FDNY 'babying' cadet who can't pass fitness tests.  She walked through her running tests and got winded climbing stairs, yet a physically unfit female FDNY probie was still allowed out in the field like a normal graduate — and given a year to pass, The [New York] Post has learned.  "She's literally the most pathetic specimen of physical fitness I've ever seen," fumed an academy classmate of Choeurlyne Doirin, 39, who was given a uniform and a "light-duty" assignment even though she did not graduate on June 2 with the other 286 cadets.

Yes, the defendant made a mistake, but this is the fruit of minority contractor quotas:
Paving company executive pleads guilty in massive fraud case.  A second Boggs Paving executive pleaded guilty Tuesday morning [7/22/2014] in connection with charges that the company received more than $87 million in road projects by misrepresenting the role a minority-owned contractor played in the work.  Prosecutors say a third high-ranking company official will plead guilty Thursday.

If more teachers were black, test scores would necessarily skyrocket!
US teachers nowhere as diverse as their students.  Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.

Minority New York firefighters settle racial bias suit for $98 million.  Black and Latino applicants to the New York City fire department who alleged that they lost out on jobs because of racially discriminatory written exams settled a long-running lawsuit for $98 million in back pay, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.  The consent decree, which still requires court approval, calls for a court-appointed monitor to oversee the fire department's recruiting and hiring process.  The department will face specific recruiting goals and must create the positions of diversity advocate in the uniformed force and chief diversity and inclusion officer in the executive ranks.

Rawlings-Blake wants new fire chief to make agency more diverse.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her pick to run the city Fire Department said Monday they hope to hire and promote more minorities and women — even as the department cuts positions.  In introducing Niles Ford, 48, as her selection to lead the Baltimore City Fire Department, Rawlings-Blake called a lack of diversity in the agency a "persistent problem."  She pointed to Ford's work as fire chief in Lincoln, Neb., where he created a plan to hire more minorities and women.

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If your house is on fire, and you call the fire department to put out the fire, would you turn the firemen away if they were the wrong color?  Wouldn't you want the fire department to hire the best available candidates instead of picking candidates based on race?

Obama: The Affirmative Action President.  Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back.  Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow.  Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action.  Yes, racist.  Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin — that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is.  And that is what America did to Obama.

The Liberal War on Scientific American.  Scientific American, like many older publications, wanted to get into the blogging game.  Unfortunately Scientific America was not too picky about whom it let through the door.  And it made the mistake of having Danielle Lee write a blog called The Urban Scientist.  Urban is liberal code for Black.  Obviously Scientific American was looking to push some minority friendly stories.  But its focus was on science.  It didn't realize that identity politics and science go together about as well as phrenology and science or as well as Scientology and science.

How the Left Treats Obama Like a Child.  The Tea Party — stockholders in America — have a right to ask questions of the Chief Executive of America without being called racists. [...] If Obama were the CEO of a private-sector company, his actions would at the very least get him drug-tested.  As a former management consultant to some of the world's largest corporations, I don't know a single former client who wouldn't have fired Obama in the second year of his tenure.

Does a well-off black student deserve affirmative action?  I defy many black stereotypes.  I grew up in a quiet suburb, where I have never faced a dangerous situation.  My parents have been happily married for 18 years.  I attend private school, and my standardized test scores rank in the 90th percentile.  I never have had an encounter with the law. [...] So, should affirmative-action efforts apply to me?

NBC News/WSJ poll: Affirmative action support at historic low.  As the Supreme Court prepares to once again weigh in on the issue of affirmative action, a record-low number of Americans support such programs, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  Just 45 percent of respondents said they believe affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities, while an equal 45 percent feel the programs have gone too far and should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against whites.

The New Affirmative Action.  In an increasingly multiracial society, it has grown hard to determine the racial ancestry of millions of Americans.  Is someone who is ostensibly one-half Native American or African-American classified as a minority eligible for special consideration in hiring or college admissions, while someone one-quarter or one-eighth is not?  How exactly does affirmative action adjudicate our precise ethnic identities these days? [...] Aside from the increasing difficulty of determining the ancestry of multiracial, multiethnic, and intermarried Americans, what exactly is the justification for affirmative action's ethnic preferences in hiring or admissions — historical grievance, current underrepresentation due to discrimination, or both?

Whites to be minority in children under age 5 by next year.  For the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group and will be a majority by this year or next.  That's according to new census numbers that show a faster shift than expected toward a minority-majority, one where whites will be in the minority by 2043.  The new estimates also show that, for the fist [sic] time in more than a century, the death rate for white Americans outnumbers the birth rate.

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But the minorities will still have preferences, even when they're in the majority.

IRS Hiring 'Diversity and Inclusion Specialist,' Starting at $123,758/Year.  The IRS is looking to hire a "diversity and inclusion" specialist, with a minimum salary of $123,758 a year.  The opening for a full-time "Supervisory Diversity and Inclusion Specialist" at the agency's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. was announced on June 11 and is open until June 24.  The Diversity Specialist will "serve as a change agent to provide strategies, solutions, training, tools, resources and thought leadership on diversity and foster inclusion" across the workplace and "build internal awareness" for diversity and inclusion throughout the agency.

Companies Sued For Trying To Avoid Hiring Convicts.  In 1963, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King said it was his hope that black Americans would no longer be judged on their color of their skin, but on the content of their character.  Fifty years later, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says King got it wrong.  The EEOC launched two lawsuits against private companies this week over their use of criminal background checks, claiming that in rejecting applicants with proven criminal records, they somehow discriminated against minorities under a disparate impact clause in their guidelines.

More Justice Department Chicanery: Thomas Perez and 'Disparate Impact'.  One of the administration's favorite legal theories, "disparate impact," may get taken up again by the Supreme Court. [...] Under this theory, a policy — such as requiring high credit scores for loans — can be completely neutral, but if it yields a disparate impact on a particular racial or gender group, an institution using that policy can be held liable for discrimination.  In other words, an entity can be found to have discriminated even if it didn't actually intend to discriminate.

NYC Firefighters Fight Perez.  President Barack Obama's nominee for labor secretary Tom Perez is taking heat from New York City firefighters for his support of racial and gender quotas.  The Department of Justice filed a discrimination suit against the New York City Fire Department in 2007 because too few minorities passed the department's entry exams.  The DOJ cited the legal theory of "disparate impact," which holds that even seemingly neutral criteria such as impartial exams taken by all applicants can be considered discriminatory if they disproportionately keep a protected racial class from receiving employment.  A federal judge in Brooklyn awarded $128.7 million to minorities who failed to pass the 1999 and 2002 exams in 2009.

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That's not good news for those of us who are not in "a protected racial class."

Phoenix to Recruit Minority Lifeguards — Even If They Can't Swim.  In a bizarre case of affirmative action run amok, Phoenix is recruiting minority lifeguards for its public pools — even if they can't swim.

City Recruits Minority Lifeguards Even if They Can't Swim.  In a staggering case of affirmative action gone wild, officials in a major U.S. city are actually recruiting minorities to be lifeguards at public pools even if they're not good swimmers.  It's all in the name of diversity. [...] Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired, says the city official who adds that "we will work with you in your swimming abilities."
...but only if you're black.

Cummings: Postal Service cuts would hurt minority groups, single mothers.  The U.S. Postal Service's decision to eliminate Saturday delivery could disproportionally hurt minority groups, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee.  "You're talking about just this reduction ... from six days to five days will cut anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 employees.  And with regard to Asian, African-Americans, and Hispanics, they comprise about 40 percent of the Postal Service employees," Cummings told Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC Friday night.

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This is the inevitable consequence of affirmative action:  When women and minorities have been hired for decades — to the complete exclusion of white males — the staff will consist of women and minorities only.  When it's time to lay off some or all of the employees, guess who gets the boot.

Manufacturing Racism: Academic Hiring and the Diversity Mandate.  It wasn't called affirmative action at the prairie university where I began my teaching career; it was called equity hiring, an odious misnomer.  What it meant, I was told, was that if two equally qualified candidates applied for a position, the one whose hiring would enable the department to become more "diverse," and therefore ostensibly more representative of our society, would be chosen.

'Major Hasan Syndrome' at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department?  [Scroll down]  So why did it take such a flagrant act of subverting her own department's objectives before action was taken against her?  Everyone knows the answer to that:  [Bernice] Abram was given a pass because she is a black female working in an organization that values "diversity" more than competence, and even, to at least some extent, more than adherence to the law. [...] She knew no one would dare touch her.

Obama To Unleash Racial-Preferences Juggernaut.  If your organization has a policy or practice that doesn't benefit minorities equally, watch out:  The Obama administration could sue you for racial discrimination under a dubious legal theory that many argue is unconstitutional.  President Obama intends to close "persistent gaps" between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation rates.

Enough with Affirmative Action Presidents.  I taught at the University of Virginia for 25 years.  During my time at UVA, I had three deans, and one of them was a black woman and an affirmative action hire.  She turned out to be a disaster. [...] The dean's qualifications didn't matter, her experience didn't matter, and her interpersonal skills didn't matter.  The president wanted a black woman to serve as dean; that's what he got, and our school lost five years doing battle with a dean who didn't know which way was up.

Enough with Affirmative Action Presidents.  I'm not opposed to a black man being elected president, but I am opposed to electing a president simply because he's a black man.  We've had enough of affirmative action hires for the highest office in the land.  It's time to elect a real president.  If we do, there is a chance that we might actually solve some of the problems that we face as a nation, but time is running out.  We don't have four more years to waste on a man who has already proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that he is totally out of his league.

Affirmative Action In Bank Lending Policy Promises Economic Disaster.  Welcome to the bizarre world of banking regulation.  Despite the recent disaster wrought by affirmative action lending, Washington ratchets up still more politically correct requirements and shifts the measure of discrimination towards "disparate impact."  Even unbiased behaviors are subject to penalty unless they benefit protected classes.  It's no longer blind justice meted equally before the law.  "Diversity" has become Washington's Holy Grail, discharging unequal justice in preference for specific outcomes.  The burden on businesses expands beyond banning discrimination into virtually requiring reverse discrimination.

Federal Judge Imposes Racial Quota on FDNY, Responding to Minorities Who Failed Entrance Exams.  A federal judge is ordering the New York City Fire Department to implement racial quotas to address grievances from minorities who failed entrance exams.  On July 5 in Brooklyn, Nicholas G. Garaufis, a Clinton-appointed judge for the Eastern District of New York, issued a ruling that requires two of every five newly hired fireman to be black and one of every five, Hispanic — until the department has fulfilled the court-ordered quota of 186 black and 107 Hispanic hires.

Racial Arsonists' New Target: FICO Credit Scoring.  It was bad enough the government pressured banks to rubberstamp home loans for folks with poor credit scores.  Now there's a more dangerous push to attack the credit-scoring system itself.

Obama May Impose New Title IX Quota on Math and Science Students.  President Obama recently signaled that he will take action to create 'equality' for women in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  The Obama administration's decision to push for more female representation in STEM coincides with the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Fake but Accurate Identities?  The trivial Elizabeth Warren "high cheekbones" fraud nonetheless offered a draw-back-the-curtain look into the gears and levers of our national race industry.  The real story is not that the multimillionaire liberal (and one-percenter) Warren fabricated a Cherokee identity for over a decade (to the delight of her quota-thirsty universities), but rather the notion that if a pink blond at Harvard can get away with faking a career-enhancing minority identity, then anyone, anywhere, can — or rather often has.

Warren ancestry claim puts light on corrupt system.  Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled.  Why does the "non-issue" of Harvard law professor and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry "require so much attention?" he asked last week.  When Warren was teaching at Pennsylvania, Texas and Houston law schools, she identified herself as Indian, or, to be politically correct, Native American.  Then she was hired at Harvard, and dropped the Native American from her biographical description.  Harvard Law today says it has one faculty member of Native American heritage.  But it won't say which one.

Harvard professor who sided with Warren on Native American heritage also a campaign donor.  A Harvard Law School professor who defended Elizabeth Warren against charges she unfairly obtained her teaching position by falsely claiming a Native American minority heritage is a donor to her U.S. Senate campaign.  Professor Charles Fried gave $250 to Warren's campaign in November 2011, according to a review by The Daily Caller of donor records published by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Learn from Elizabeth Warren.  I think the attacks against Elizabeth Warren, who pretended to be an American Indian to advance her career, are wrong.  To the contrary, she simply did what we all should be doing!  She sabotaged America's racist affirmative action regime, or — the term I prefer to call it — America's affirmative apartheid.

UPenn also called Elizabeth Warren a minority in diversity report.  Harvard University may not be the only school that thought Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was a Native American.  In 1994, one year before she joined the faculty at Harvard, Warren won the prestigious Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was teaching at the time.  Eleven years later, the Minority Equity Committee of the University of Pennsylvania published a report that listed every winner of the award since 1991 and highlighted the names of minority recipients — including Elizabeth Warren's.

Warren found listed as a minority professor at second law school.  Elizabeth Warren was listed as a minority professor by a second law school in a report detailing the school's progress in creating a diverse faculty.  In addition to Harvard University, where Warren is on faculty, the University of Pennsylvania Law School also touted Warren as a minority, according to an April 2005 document obtained by The Hill.

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Trail of Tears.  Revelations of Elizabeth Warren's 1/32nd Cherokee heritage raise new questions about her academic career.

Harvard EEOC Report Listed Warren as Native American in 1999.  A newly revealed document taken from a 1999 Affirmative Action Plan Book published by Harvard University indicates that Elizabeth Warren was officially listed as a Native American by Harvard Law School.  Though Warren is not mentioned by name, the report shows just one Native American member of the law school.

Warren's Cherokee Claim Based on Family Newsletter.  The slender thread upon which Elizabeth Warren's claim that she is 1/32 Cherokee rests — a purported 1894 marriage license application — has been exposed as non-existent.  Based on a review of the original marriage records found in the files of the Logan County, Oklahoma Court Clerk's office in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and the statements of ReJeania Zmek, the Court Clerk of Logan County, Oklahoma, it is likely that the ephemeral 1894 marriage license application never existed.

Tom Lipscomb: Mrs. Warren's profession, cont'd.  First an indifferent law school student who has never contributed an article to it is elected President of the Harvard Law Review.  And now, barring a recantation, it appears the venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society and Christopher Child have colluded in an election fraud upon the people of Massachusetts to publicly and repeatedly advantage a candidate from the Harvard Law School for political office at the expense of their own professional standards and the evidence now staring them in the face.  It is time for the press to call them to account.

U.S. Puts Limits On Employee Background Checks To Protect Minorities.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's updated policy on criminal background checks is part of an effort to rein in practices that can limit job opportunities for minorities that have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites.

Rep. Bobby Rush: I'll stop Metra 'in its tracks'.  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is threatening to stop Metra "in its tracks" unless more African-Americans firms get work from a massive railroad construction project in his congressional district called the "Englewood Flyover."

Race-Baiting in the Era of Obama.  Alas, racial tension in this country is not new.  What is new is having a president who, for political gain and selfish ideological reasons, is instigating a racial divide that has not been seen for decades.  In order to ignite a passion in his base, Obama is intentionally taking this country back to the Civil Rights Era, when violence in the streets was commonplace.  But a black person in America in 2012 has every civil right that a white person has — and then some.  Affirmative action has led to black people actually having an easier time accessing certain schools, jobs, and positions of higher authority.

Affirmative Action on Life Support.  Where do we go if the Supreme Court effectively bans the consideration of race in college and graduate school admissions?  We pivot, as the left always does, from race to class.  President Obama has long hinted at his preferred form of affirmative action, giving lower-income school applicants preference over students from upper-middle class and wealthy families.

Holder's Revenge.  Attorney General Holder recently addressed the question of affirmative action, and for how long it would be required.  He answered, stunningly, that reverse discrimination has only just begun:  "Affirmative action has been an issue since segregation practices," Holder said.  "The question is not when does it end, but when does it begin[.] ... When do people of color truly get the benefits to which they are entitled?"  We see in these remarks the soil out of which rises the bitter fruit of racial resentment.

Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity.  Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region's largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits.  The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a career death knell.

Obama's Legal Mentor Shows Affirmative Action Limits.  [Derrick] Bell was for years a civil rights lawyer, but not an academic legal scholar of the sort who gets appointed as a full professor at one of the leading law schools.  Yet he became a visiting professor at the Stanford law school and was a full professor at the Harvard law school.  It was transparently obvious in both cases that his appointment was because he was black, not because he had the qualifications that got other people appointed to these faculties.  At Stanford, his students complained that his course on constitutional law was not up to the standards of the other courses they were taking.  Stanford at that time had one of the leading scholars in constitutional law, Professor Gerald Gunther — and Derrick Bell was no Gerald Gunther.

So When Are We Allowed to Be Intolerant?  [Scroll down]  As a specific example, consider what happened in Dayton, Ohio, in February 2011.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the Dayton, Ohio Police Department to lower its testing standards to increase the number of minority candidates who passed the two-part examination.  The passing scores for the exam were reduced from 66% to 58%, and from 72% to 63%.  The DOJ acted because, in its opinion, not enough minorities were passing the test, but the ultimate result was that the DOJ order guaranteed the continuance of mediocrity through lower civil servant standards.  Those who studied, who prepared, who worked to pass the exam were not rewarded for their efforts — indeed, they were penalized.

Pepsi Beverages pays $3.1M in racial bias case.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the company's policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants.

Diversity, Inc.  [Scroll down]  But to keep this obsession with racial pedigrees going, either we will have to become entirely cynical and allow that the affluent suburbanite with the Cherokee grandmother really is "Native American," or we will have to establish clear-cut blood laws and hire federal genealogists.  And to apply economic litmus tests for affirmative action is taboo:  for to admit that many minorities do well in America and do not need preferences is to suggest that race itself does not predetermine one's fate.

A.D. 2041 — End of White America?  When affirmative action was first imposed, whites outnumbered blacks nine to one.  The burden of reverse discrimination on the white community was thus relatively light.  Today, however, not only blacks, but Hispanics and women — two-thirds of the entire population — qualify for affirmative action in hiring and school admissions.  And the burden falls almost entirely on white males, who are one-third of the country but three-fourths of the dead and wounded coming back from Afghanistan.

Preferences slow minority advancement.  For 33 years, the [Supreme] court has been entangled in a thicket of preferences that are not remedial and hence not temporary.  Preferences as recompense for past discrimination must eventually become implausible, but the diversity rationale for preferences never expires.  Liberals would never stoop to stereotyping, but they say minorities necessarily make distinctive — stereotypical? — contributions to viewpoint diversity, conferring benefits on campus culture forever. ... But what if many of the minorities used in this process are injured by it?

Obama Administration Reverses Bush Policy on Affirmative Action — Communists Approve.  The Obama Administration has initiated a major "Affirmative Action" policy reversal, that could create major new social divisions in the run up to the 2012 election.

Justice Department: Diversity trumps 1964 anti-discrimination law.  The Justice Department is telling university administrators they can grant valuable university slots to people in favored races and ethnic groups.  The department's legal advice, announced late on Friday [12/2/2011], says "race can be outcome determinative for some participants in some circumstances," when administrators are weighing who gets acceptance letters from private and government-funded universities.  But the letter also highlights advocates' growing worries about a pending Supreme Court decision that could ban the use of race in awarding university slots.

The unintended consequences of racial preferences.  Preferences as recompense for past discrimination must eventually become implausible, but the diversity rationale for preferences never expires.  Liberals would never stoop to stereotyping, but they say minorities necessarily make distinctive — stereotypical? — contributions to viewpoint diversity, conferring benefits on campus culture forever.

How Nixon Created Obama.  Who started affirmative action?  AA as compensatory racial favoritism was first announced by Lyndon Baines Johnson.  But it was implemented by the Nixon Labor Department as the Revised Philadelpha Plan, with strict racial quotas and timetables.  The Philadelphia Plan was supposed to make up for genuine discrimination against blacks in the Philadelphia buildings trades.  But it quickly triggered an avalanche of racial compensation claims, legal decisions, and executive orders that flipped the burden of proof.  Today, instead of having to prove a history of group discrimination, AA simply presumes a proven history of discrimination and compels employers to prove it ain't so.

The Expanding Vengeance of Affirmative Action.  Since its beginnings in 1965 with President Johnson's Executive Order 11246 — an order continued by every president since — affirmative action is now woven into the fabric of American everyday life and not simply the federal work force.  Indeed, virtually nobody prominent in government, business, labor, philanthropy, sports, entertainment or religion now thinks of challenging it.  They know well that a misperceived stray remark, not to mention a "discriminatory" policy, can end their career or, failing that, threaten their social standing.  Corporate officials now regularly celebrate their respective companies' commitment to racial, ethnic and gender "diversity," often contributing generous checks to nonprofit groups controlled by civil-rights hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to avoid lawsuits or boycotts.

Illinois hasn't hired enough minorities for new Mississippi River bridge, suit says.  A group that represents minority contractors and workers has sued the Illinois Department of Transportation, seeking $650 million in damages and an order halting the award of additional contracts for the new Mississippi River bridge.

It's The CRA, Stupid!  Starting in the mid-1990s, in a major switch, regulators no longer enforced traditional lending rules.  Prudent underwriting was deemed racist and banks were judged on how "flexible" they could be in qualifying "nontraditional" credit cases.  The more they bent their old rules and the more lower-income minority borrowers they rubberstamped for loans, the better they did on their all-important CRA examinations.  In the run-up to the crisis, boosting minority home ownership became the goal of the U.S. government.  And incredibly, lowering mortgage-underwriting standards to achieve that goal became government policy.

More about the Community Reinvestment Act.

The End of Affirmative Action?  Opponents of state ballot initiatives that outlaw race and gender based affirmative action programs have vowed to take their fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

American Blacks Cannot Be Blamed For Barack Obama.  If anything, Obama is a product of white American culture, by means of affirmative action.  Obama is to some extent the stereotype result of affirmative action, the black kid made good who is continually trotted out to justify these obnoxious programs.  (Recall Patrick Chavis, the black doctor who took Allan Bakke's place in medical school, and was presented as a towering success and proof positive of the value of set-aside programs until it was discovered that women were dying in his liposuction clinic.)

Racial quotas, speech codes and the thought police.  It's racially discriminatory to prohibit racial discrimination.  That's the bottom line of a decision issued Friday, just before the Fourth of July weekend, by the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.  The case was brought by an organization called By Any Means Necessary to overturn a state constitutional amendment passed by a 58 percent majority of Michigan voters in November 2006.

College bake sale criticized for racial tones.  On Upper Sproul Plaza, where free speech reigns supreme, the Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin.  The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you're Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans.  Women get a discount of 25 cents.

Berkeley GOP group in hot water for 'affirmative action' bake sale.  Definitely not politically correct.  And, as you'll see, the liberals are having a hissy fit.  It's a bake sale being put on by UC Berkeley Young Republicans that is designed to be both humorous and thought provoking.  What they didn't expect were death threats.

Uproar over 'satirical' bake sale where prices differ according to your race.  An 'Increase Diversity' bake sale planned by a group of students is being branded racist because the prices are based on the buyer's gender and race.  The fury over the sale in California, however, is exactly what the organizers, the Berkeley College Republicans, wanted.

Government-Sponsored Discrimination.  The Congressional Research Service has issued a study entitled "Survey of Federal Laws Containing Goals, Set-Asides, Priorities, or Other Preferences Based on Race, Gender, or Ethnicity" that details 276 federal statutes that grant preferences in employment, contracting, or awarding federal benefits on the basis of membership in a preferred class (in 1995 there were 172 such statutes).  The figure doesn't include the numerous agency regulations that also discriminate in favor of preferred classes.

Survey of Federal Laws Containing Goals, Set-Asides, Priorities,
or Other Preferences Based on Race, Gender, or Ethnicity
.  The purpose of this report is to provide a broad, but by no means exhaustive, survey of federal statutes that specifically refer to race, gender, or ethnicity as factors to be considered in the administration of any federal program.  Such measures may include, but are not limited to, goals, timetables, set-asides, quotas, priorities, and preferences, as those terms are generally (however imperfectly) understood.

The End of an Idea — Why Affirmative Action Should Stop.  Is there a color-coded graph somewhere that says the darker one is, the more consideration one is due?  Apparently not — given that most East Asians and Arabs are not usually extended affirmative action status.  OK, but do third-generation affluent Japanese-Americans qualify for preferences on the rationale that their parents as children were interned in camps in the American West; or fifth-generation Chinese because their great-great-grandparents were treated horribly while building the transcontinental railroad?

Chicago must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates, court rules.  The Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates — and distribute "tens of millions of dollars" in damages to 6,000 others who will never get that chance — a federal appeals court ruled Friday [5/13/2011], upholding a landmark ruling.

The Chord Donald Trump Strikes.  One thing the political class seems to have forgotten is that there are few living white Americans who have not had some personal experience with an affirmative-action co-worker and/or collegiate peer.  For decades now, we Mainstreet dwellers have borne the brunt of this liberal two-wrongs-really-can-make-a-right folderol, and now we stand, mouths agape at those who still pretend this isn't what happened in 2008.  Awarding the pinnacle of world power to a guy on the basis of eternally-aggrieved skin color is quintessentially anti-American and the people know it.  It was playing with fire and we're getting burned.  The people know this.  The people are saying it in private.

Affirmative Action Since Obama Shattered the Highest Glass Ceiling:  A little over two years ago, a black man educated at Ivy League schools was democratically elected to the most powerful office in the world.  Most people saw the election of Obama to the U.S. presidency as decisive evidence that affirmative action policies are no longer necessary, if they ever were.

City agrees to lower test scores for police exam.  [Dayton Ohio's] Civil Service Board and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed on a lower passing score for the police recruit exam after it was rejected because not enough blacks passed the exam.

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It would be nice to have smart cops, but above all else, they must be black.

Racism lives at Department of Injustice.  Flunking is the new norm at racist Eric H. Holder Jr.'s Department of Injustice.  In yet another ugly, blatant and defining racist move, Mr. Holder is forcing the city of Dayton, Ohio, to lower the passing threshhold on the test for those wanting to be police officers because not enough black recruits passed the exam.  Instead of attracting the best and brightest to serve the public, racist Mr. Holder will now ensure that the good residents of Dayton will be protected by dunce cops who score the equivalent of a D or F on the entrance exam.

Slippery Standards.  Two seemingly unrelated stories in the news last week reveal the bankruptcy of the progressive mindset.  In Dayton, Ohio, under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice, the city's Police Department is changing its passing grades — again — on tests for police recruits.  Last Wednesday, in a report to Congress, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan revealed that up to 82 percent of public schools could be labeled "failing" because they don't meet the requirements established by the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB).  Duncan claimed the law needed to be "fixed."  In both cases, the "fix" is lowering standards.

Justice Dept. Orders Lower Standards for Police Exam.  The DOJ ordered the Dayton Police Dept. to lower the passing score for an entrance exam when not many minorities passed.  As a cop, I know what happens next and the consequences could be deadly.

Department of Injustice.  One of the requirements to become a Dayton, Ohio police officer is to successfully pass the city's two-part written examination.  Applicants must correctly answer 57 of 86 questions on the first part (66 percent) and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the second part.  Dayton's Civil Service Board reported that 490 candidates passed the November 2010 written test, 57 of whom were black.  About 231 of the roughly 1,100 test takers were black.  The U.S. Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, rejected the results of Dayton's Civil Service examination because not enough blacks passed.

Dayton throws out written police exam scores.  The city of Dayton plans to discard the test scores of the 748 people who passed its police recruit exam in November and will instead hire officers based only on a subjective oral interview — a change meant to improve the city's ability to hire more minorities.

Racial Quota Scandal at Obama Justice Department.  Judicial Watch uncovered hundreds of documents from the City of Dayton, Ohio, showing that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials pressured the Dayton Police and Fire Departments to lower testing standards because not enough African-American candidates passed the written exam. ... These new documents detail a scheme by DOJ officials to bully the City of Dayton, Ohio, into lowering testing standards for firefighter and police recruits because minority candidates did not perform well enough on the written exam.  (One of the most shocking claims by the DOJ is that it's not all that important for firefighters to be able to read and write!)
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
End Racial Preferences Now.  As new figures from the Census tell us, the United States is becoming an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse nation -- with a population that doesn't fit neatly into the racial boxes constructed for "diversity" purposes.  So why is it that some universities and other institutions continue to use the old paradigm of granting preferences to members of groups that are deemed "underrepresented"?

Want to Save Real Money in D.C.?  The Republican Study Committee recently announced a plan to prune $2.5 trillion from the long-standing federal spending spree.  Yes, $2.5 trillion is a lot of pocket change, but the RSC plan doesn't go far enough in ridding the federal government of the feminist strongholds salted throughout the bureaucracy.  Let's be clear:  These feminist programs are not about promoting equal opportunity. ... These "female-empowerment" initiatives are all about sex-based quotas, preferences, and earmarks that in practice serve to disadvantage men in schools, in the workplace, and in the legal system.

Last Gasp of Affirmative Action?  Whether it is called "positive discrimination" in Britain and in India or "standardization" in Sri Lanka or "sons of the soil" in Malaysia, Indonesia and some states in India, group preferences and quotas to achieve equity are not unique to America.  Though societies committed to the equality of individuals have claimed that these programs would be temporary, i.e., in India it was to last from 1949-1959, it is a self-perpetuating situation.  Such preferential policies have long exceeded their initial claims in all countries.

Obama's EPA devotes another $7 million to 'environmental justice' campaign.  Judicial Watch reports that [the EPA] announced late last week that the $7 million will be awarded "to study how pollution, combined with stress and other social factors, affects people in 'poor and under-served communities.'  The agency refers to it as cumulative human health risk assessment research and the goal is to rid under-served communities of extensive pollution-based problems."  Environmental Justice is a left-wing activist concept in which poor communities are assumed to be more heavily affected by pollution because they are politically defenseless against polluters, and therefore it is up to the government to step in and provide assistance to redress the alleged imbalance.

Another $7 Mil For Environmental Justice.  Here's how it works; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives money to leftwing groups — including some dedicated to helping illegal immigrants — that teach black, Latino and indigenous folks how to recycle, reduce carbon emissions through "weatherization" and participate in "green jobs" training.  To carry out that phase of the environmental justice crusade, some 80 community organizations have received about $2 million.

Anti-affirmative action bill to return to Legislature.  A controversial push to ban any form of preferential treatment in Utah based on race, gender or ethnicity will be back before the Legislature next year, where Republican gains in the body make it almost certain to pass.

Affirmative Action for the Navy SEALS?  The Navy SEALS are embarking on a targeted campaign to recruit more minority candidates, reports the Navy Times.  Apparently some are concerned because "minority representation" is below the national average.  There is no evidence that they are changing the standards to be a Navy SEAL. ... [But] Why seek to hire more African-American or minority SEALS?  Why not just recruit SEALS, pure and simple?

Most Americans Say Government Is Too Sensitive to Minority Concerns.  Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans believe the U.S. government is too sensitive to the concerns of racial, ethnic and social minorities in the country.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 24% of Adults think the government is not sensitive enough.  Sixteen percent (16%) say the level of sensitivity is about right.

Arizona Bans Affirmative Action.  Voters in Arizona on Tuesday [11/2/2010] approved Proposition 107 banning the consideration of race, ethnicity or gender by units of state government, including public colleges and universities.  With 2,075 of 2,239 precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, the measure had just under 60 percent support in unofficial state results.

Financial reform bill calls for diversity.  The recently enacted financial reform legislation tries in numerous ways to change how Wall Street companies and their federal regulators act, but a little-noticed provision aims for something potentially more difficult and controversial — altering how they look.  To promote diversity in the largely white male world, the law requires each of the 30 federal financial agencies and departments, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and all 12 Federal Reserve banks, to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.

Another protected minority that can't be fired?
State police sued over Muslim chaplain's dismissal.  The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a discrimination lawsuit Monday [8/30/2010] against the Illinois State Police on behalf of Kifah Mustapha.  State police hired Imam Kifah as its first and only Muslim chaplain.

California High Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban.  California's highest court has upheld the state's 14-year-old law barring preferential treatment of women and minorities in public school admissions, government hiring and contracting.

Race realist Jared Taylor declares the "civil rights struggle was won long ago".  What is known as "affirmative action" is really discrimination against whites.  If the kinds of preferences shown to blacks or Hispanics were shown to whites it would be a nation scandal, but because the victims are whites (and sometimes Asians) it is of no consequence.  Whites must work to eliminate this while it is still possible to do so.  When non-whites become majorities, they are likely to push for even more extensive racial preferences than the ones they enjoy today.

Racial, Gender Quotas in the Financial Bill?  [Scroll down]  I was searching the bill for a provision about derivatives.  What did I find [was] Section 342, which declares that race and gender employment ratios, if not quotas, must be observed by private financial institutions that do business with the government.  In a major power grab, the new law inserts race and gender quotas into America's financial industry.

Another Twenty-Five Years of Affirmative Action?  The Obama administration has filed a brief with the fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case involving the use of racial preferences in the admission of undergraduate students at UT Austin. ... What is involved in the Fisher case, therefore, is nothing less than the most crucial question of individual rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.  On one side are those who believe, as the Fourteenth Amendment makes abundantly clear, that all citizens are entitled to "equal protection of the laws" without regard to race, gender, religion, or national origin.  On the other side are those who believe that those very factors are of such overriding importance that efforts to shape equality of outcome must transcend the equal protection clause itself.

Bias by the numbers.  Is an employment test unfair if it doesn't produce a racially balanced result?  A case before the U.S. Supreme Court deals with this question.  The plaintiffs in Lewis v. Chicago claim that the city violated federal civil rights law because a disproportionate number of blacks failed a written exam for firefighting jobs.

Blacks Held to Lower Standards in Perpetuity.  Racial minorities, especially blacks, should feel highly insulted by the entrenched assumption that they should not be expected to compete against whites on pencil-and-paper multiple choice civil service tests.  Not only should they speak out against such condescending assumptions, they should refuse any and all special treatment, and demand to be treated as capable and responsible individuals.

The Lesson of an Affirmative Action President:  Affirmative action was allowed by the Supreme Court as a temporary exception to the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution until blacks had the same opportunities others did.  It has now been about forty years, and the goal posts have just moved farther and farther Left.  Today it's not just blacks — it's women, homosexuals, and illegal aliens.  And it's no longer equality of opportunity, but equality of outcome, which was the goal of Communism for seventy years in the Soviet Union, until the whole Soviet Empire crumbled as a result. ... From a temporary policy to give black people a better chance in life, we have now arrived at a Marxist goal of universal equality for everyone — except for white, male, heterosexual, and excessively normal people.

Truths We Dare Not Speak:  Affirmative Action.  The concept was noble, but now antiquated and mostly absurd.  It requires the logic of the Old Confederacy to determine racial purity among the intermarried citizenry.  Jet-black Punjabis get no preferences.  Light-skinned Mexican-Americans of the fourth-generation claim privilege.  Poor whites from Tulare don't rank.  The children of black dentists do.  I see very little logic here.

What Does Affirmative Action Affirm?  My objections to correcting the past fall into two categories:  First, the people receiving compensation are not the victims.  Second, the people paying compensation are not the perpetrators.

The Content of Obama's Character.  It's telling that 47 years ago, when Reverend King made his great speech on the Washington Mall, he did not say that he had a dream that one day, an African-American would become president.  King's vision on August 28, 1963 was less ambitious:  "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."  Even so, Barack Obama was elected president based on the color of his skin.

Police May Scrap Entrance Exam:  Report.  The Chicago Police Department is seriously considering scrapping the police entrance exam, sources tell Fran Spielman.  Dropping the exam would bolster minority hiring and avert legal battles, according to one source, while others confirm that the exam could be scrapped to open the process to as many people as possible.

Change We Can Believe In.  [Scroll down slowly]  Whether intended or not, affirmative action has become the pet project largely of elites, who feel their own capital and insider connections will ensure their own do not suffer from the unspoken quotas they impose on others -- as a sort of cheap psychological penance for their own guilt over their own privilege.

Have any American blacks benefited from affirmative action?  Note that the uptick in employment numbers usually comes from government payrolls.  Public officials can pad these any way they want to, and historically have. … Still, I thought that the educational establishment could run a McDonald's-style "billions served" claim on its part of AA law.  After all, that which the government runs and funds it can cook and season.

Liberal Hate Speech.  Have you ever wondered why Barrack Obama never brings up Martin Luther King's speech where Doctor King speaks of racial equality?  The reason is that that speech calls for all races to treat each other with respect.  Doctor King would have refused to pass any program such as Affirmative Action because he would have considered that program racist based on its discrimination for skin color.  Dr. King had no interest in punishing the innocent for the crimes of the guilty and he would be outraged over the actions of hucksters such as Jesse Jacksone, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright and Van Jones.

Affirmative action and gay marriage are frauds.  Equality of rights does not mean equality of results.  I can have all the equal treatment in the world on a golf course and I will not finish within shouting distance of Tiger Woods.  When arbitrary numerical "goals" or "quotas" under affirmative action are not met, the burden of proof is put on the employer to prove that he did not discriminate against minorities or women.  No burden of proof whatever is put on the advocates of "goals" or "quotas" to show that people would be equally represented in jobs, colleges or anywhere else in the absence of discrimination.

Political Power Hasn't Brought Black Progress.  Blacks are probably the most politically loyal people in the nation, and it is almost taken as gospel, at least among civil rights organizations and black and white liberals, that the only way black people can make socioeconomic progress is through the politics of race and special government programs.  However, such a vision can be subjected to empirical evidence.  In 1940, when blacks were politically impotent, their poverty rate was 87%.  By 1960, before blacks achieved much political power, it had fallen to 47%.  During that interval, in various skilled trades, the incomes of blacks relative to whites more than doubled.

Suit says college singled out blacks.  A former dean of the State University of New York at Cobleskill has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the school, saying it discriminated against black students by keeping them in school for their tuition dollars when administrators knew they had no chance of earning a degree.

Chucky The Lip has struck again, but this time it's a good thing.  [Scroll down]  What most of those Americans who are wondering how Obama got to be president are wondering about is not how a black man got to be president, but how a guy with only two years experience as a U.S. senator, less than 10 years experience as a state senator and absolutely zero years of military experience got elected president of the United States, leader of the free world and commander in chief of our armed forces.  Really, could a white guy with those same credentials have run for president of the United States and won?  Or would a white guy with those same credentials have been laughed out of the presidential race before he was barely in it?

Obama the Trickster.  This administration is just filled with racial anger.  So why would Sotomayor be its first Supreme Court nominee? ... Sotomayor believes in the US Constitution like Obama does:  not at all.  But Sotomayor is not nearly as good as Obama at this double game, seeming rather dim-witted.  She's given away her Hispanic Victimhood at least half a dozen times in public, not exactly what you expect from a Justice of the Supreme Court.  She would be a living embarrassment to the US Constitution. ... Her job on the Supremes will be to keep the Affirmative Action Establishment in power.

A Tangled Web.  The original Civil Rights Act of 1964 was very straightforward in forbidding discrimination.  But, even before that Act was passed, there were already people demanding more than equality of treatment.  Some wanted equality of end results, some wanted restitution for past wrongs, and some just wanted as much as they could get.  Opponents of the Civil Rights Act said that it would lead to racial quotas and reverse discrimination.  Advocates of the Act not only denied this, they wrote the language of the law in a way designed to explicitly prevent such things.  But judges, over the years, have "interpreted" the Civil Rights Act to mean what its opponents said it would mean, rather than what its advocates put into the plain language of the legislation.

Has Affirmative Action run its course?  The very idea of continuing a policy which drives home the message that blacks can't make it in this country without racial quotas and preferences makes a mockery of, not only Obama's political success, but of every black person's efforts to reach personal goals without the stigma of having done so only because the government gave them an unfair advantage. … If blacks are ever to be viewed as equals, the perception of them as needy must change.

When Affirmative Action Is A Quota System.  The supporters of affirmative action often deny that the hiring or award of a position in a university was a quota, but if they were honest they would have to admit that a quota system was involved in many cases, when it was decided in advance that the job will only go to a minority, or a promotion, tenure, or resources will only go to a woman.  These examples involve a quota system: the next person hired will be Black or there will be X number or percentage of women with tenure, etc.  This is what a quota is all about.

The Meaning of Ricci:  It's not enough for a city to say, as did New Haven, that it was afraid of being sued by black firefighters.  The evidence was irrefutable that the tests were put together in a conscientious, race-neutral way.  Not only were minority firefighters over-sampled in devising the questions.  The designers established nine oral exam boards, each a three-person panel, each consisting of precisely one white, one black and one Hispanic.  (Such is the extreme race consciousness that the Civil Rights Act, of all things, has brought upon us.)

Intelligence is Not an Affirmative Action Program.  Earlier this year when Long Island's Newsday printed on its cover the names and headshots of the 59 of the national Intel science contest's 300 semifinalists who come from the region, it put journalism before politics by not concealing what would be a major problem for certain elements of the Left and Right:  The contingent didn't "look like" America — at least as some conceive it. ... What would the contemporary promoters of "equality" consider a just and "natural" outcome, evincive of a total absence of any form of bias?  For that to be true, the 59 must reflect perfectly the ethnic breakdown of the United States — or at least Long Island — or better yet, for the full 300 to be a microcosm of the country.  How would that be possible?

An in-depth look at the "Rooney Rule":
The NFL's Affirmative Action Deception.  Imagine an America in which employers faced steep fines for failing to interview a sufficient number of minority candidates for a vacant management slot prior to making a hiring decision.  Even in this day and age, where diversity rules, that might seem a far-fetched scenario.  Yet for the last half-dozen years, this has been the way the National Football League has operated.  And its advocates are seeking ways to expand this regime to a variety of venues — and with a strong assist from government.

The cost of a diverse Naval Academy.  The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis recently that "diversity is the number one priority" at the Naval Academy.  The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him.  Everyone understands that "diversity" here means nonwhite skins.

Behind the blindfold.  The most distinctive characteristic of our president's legal thinking is the extent to which it reflects the leftist orthodoxy of the law schools in which he spent his formative years, including the assumption that the American legal tradition has been little more than a mechanism of oppression and white privilege.  In reading his speeches and comments over time, it is clear that he views the law not as a neutral set of rules to be presided over in umpire-like fashion by impartial judges, but as a form of historical affirmative action designed to right the wrongs of the past.  As such, his conception of jurisprudence begins and ends with the idea of the courts as agents of social change.

New Haven Firefighters.  In this one case we see the multiple issues which will be at the center of Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.  And what's more we have a story that the average American can understand and relate to.  The disabled guy worked hard under adverse circumstances and did better than most of his non-disabled peers, only to be told, "Sorry, the 'numbers' didn't come out right."  And this is justice?  Most Americans, I suspect, will think not and will want to know why Sotomayor acted as she did.

Reverse Discrimination Case Could Transform Hiring Procedures Nationwide.  Inside a burning building, fire doesn't discriminate between Matthew Marcarelli and Gary Tinney.  Inside the New Haven Fire Department, however, skin color has put them on opposite sides of a lawsuit that could transform hiring procedures nationwide.  This week, the Supreme Court will consider the reverse discrimination claim of Marcarelli and a group of white firefighters.  They all passed a promotion exam, but the city threw out the test because no blacks would have been promoted, saying the exam had a "disparate impact" on minorities likely to violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The New 'Separate but Equal'.  On the surface, it seems like a blatant case of unlawful discrimination.  The fire department in New Haven, Conn., administered an exam for firemen seeking promotions.  "Many firefighters studied for months, at considerable personal and financial cost," as Justice Anthony Kennedy recounts on behalf of the Supreme Court's majority in Ricci v. DeStefano.  When the results came out, the city decided to deny promotions to the men who had earned them — because they were of the wrong race.

You'll Love Diversity — Or Else.  Racial and ethnic diversity is the key to happiness, success in the global marketplace and, not least, an interesting life.  So we are told in a batch of new "fair housing" radio ads that are the sort of treacly propaganda that cause sober drivers to run off the road.  Presented as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the ads were produced by the National Fair Housing Alliance, a private, nonprofit group whose stated purpose is to make sure the act is properly implemented.  The act bans housing discrimination and imposes stiff penalties for those who get caught.

So You Want To Boost The Economy?  End Affirmative Action!  The assumption that lower economic achievement by a minority must be the fault of the majority has created costs vaster than previously imagined.  For example, VDARE.com economist Edwin S. Rubenstein's recent report Cost of Diversity [PDF] for the National Policy Institute estimates the price of affirmative action, immigration, and multiculturalism at eight percent of the GDP, or $1.1 trillion.

How Obama Stimulates Feminists.  Since 1969, when Richard Nixon foolishly imploded America's prospects for equality by turning the concept of affirmative action into a reality, the country's race shysters and guilt peddlers have come a long way, baby!  They polarized the nation and discern disproportionate treatment out of every difference between individuals.  This is true for minority hustlers of every stripe.  Foremost among the con artists to cash in on a once-proud nation's guilt are the radical feminists.  Gender feminists are a virulent strain of far-leftist whose power has exponentially grown over the past four decades.

Improving Schools:  A Job for Parents, Not Bureaucrats.  With the arrival of a new Democratic administration, the country will no doubt experience another bout of self-reflection and debate on race-based preferences.  Despite the fact we have elected an African-American president — a clear demonstration if ever there was one of the diminishing level of racism in America — the civil rights lobby sees no reason to diminish their fierce defense of a racial spoils system which has come to dominate education, contracting, and employment at all levels of government.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up 'reverse discrimination' case.  The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up a potential major reverse discrimination case examining the use of race as a factor in government hiring.  The announcement came Friday afternoon after the justices' private conference earlier in the day. The case will likely be argued in April.

Liberals, Liars, and Cheats.  Recently, the Los Angeles Board of Education was so eager to fire School Superintendent David Brewer that they bought out the last year-and-a-half of his four-year contract.  Because Mr. Brewer is a black man, certain parties are suggesting that the Board's decision was racially motivated.  One can't help wondering how it's possible to accuse the same people who hired the incompetent to a $300,000-a-year job can now be accused of being racists for dumping him, even though they wrote him a check for about half a million dollars.

The Prez-Elect's Quota Challenge.  Racial preferences are, after all, extremely unpopular with most Americans.  Voters in blue states like California, Washington and Michigan have banned them in referenda over the last decade or so.  Voters in red-state Nebraska just did the same thing, by a thumping 58-42 percent margin.  (A similar measure in purplish Colorado may pass as well; the votes are still being tallied.)

Justices to Hear White Firefighters' Bias Claims.  Frank Ricci has been a firefighter here for 11 years, and he would do just about anything to advance to lieutenant.  The last time the city offered a promotional exam, he said in a sworn statement, he gave up a second job and studied up to 13 hours a day. ... Mr. Ricci did well, he said, coming in sixth among the 77 candidates who took the exam.  But the city threw out the test, because none of the 19 African-American firefighters who took it qualified for promotion.

Congressman says Obama's Senate Replacement Must Be Black.  The race to replace Barack Obama as Illinois' junior senator heated up Tuesday as Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to name a black man or woman to the seat.  By invoking race, Rush, who is black, drove a potential wedge between the prospective white and black contenders for the seat.  Rush said it would be a "national disgrace" if Obama's seat were not filled by an African American.

The Editor says...
This is exactly the kind of racism that liberals pretend to oppose — when it benefits white people.

A plan to survive the Obama years.  Well, Americans usually get the government they deserve, and I urge you all to get ready for this 21st century version of amateur hour. ... That's not to say that Obama's election doesn't come with a couple of interesting side effects.  For example, henceforth no black man in America may be called unqualified for any job that he might seek, no matter his prior education or experience level.  Want to be a nuclear scientist but lack a Ph.D. in physics?  If the applicant is a black man, it's no problem.  Just offer hope to the profession and promise change from all those stuffy theorems that have given the discipline its structure over the years, and you're in.

Thomas says Constitution forbids racial preference.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday [9/9/2008] that African-Americans are better served by colorblind programs than affirmative action.  Thomas, addressing leaders of historically black colleges, said affirmative action "has become this mantra and there almost has become this secular religiosity about it.  I think it almost trumps thinking."

My Preferences.  Over the past ten years, no American president, Congress, legislature, or governor has acted to eliminate preferences — in other words, to enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which commands the government to treat us all "without regard to race, color, national origin or sex."  In addition, the United States Supreme Court has handed down conflicting opinions about the matter.  In response, I have led the national effort to enforce the act through ballot initiatives in states that allow them.

Affirmative action just moves different groups to the back of the bus.  The conversation has intensified over this November's Michigan Civil Rights Initiative to ban affirmative action preferences in college admissions and government hiring in our state.  But anyone seeking a logical reason to oppose this fair-minded proposal is encountering more difficulty in doing so.

Senator Obama, You're No King.  In the fullness of time, the American people have done precisely what Dr. King urged us to do:  We have worked diligently to create a nation in which skin color is not a barrier to opportunity. … And, yet, despite our progress, there is one issue that stands in the way of our completely fulfilling King's dream; and that is race-based affirmative-action preferences.

Cultural affirmative action:  What do you think Bill Clinton was referring to when he said that he wanted his cabinet to "look like America," meritocracy or quota orthodoxy?  Yet Clinton isn't alone; he merely gave voice to common practice.  Would Condoleezza Rice have been appointed Secretary of State and Joycelyn Elders Surgeon General if they weren't black women?  Would Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O'Connor have ascended to the Supreme Court and Janet Reno been Attorney General if they weren't female?

Preferences Forever?  We've come a long way since 1964, when the late civil rights hero Hubert Humphrey stood on the Senate floor and told his colleagues that if the civil rights bill contained "any language which provides that an employer will have to hire on the basis of percentage or quota related to color, race, religion, or national origin, I will start eating the pages one after another, because it is not in there."  Four decades later, supporters of racial preferences imposed by government agencies are blocking legal efforts to establish the color-blind society that Martin Luther King envisioned.

Affirmative action dishonesty.  Bill is a contrarian by nature, and he has never been able to stomach the combination of moral sanctimoniousness and rampant dishonesty that often characterizes the most aggressive supporters of affirmative action, especially in the academy.  He spoke with open contempt about several of his colleagues who had been hired for affirmative action purposes, and with even more contempt for his white colleagues who had made these hiring decisions.

Deconstructing Obama:  Deconstructionists have attempted to remake society around a new set of power relations.  In their philosophical re-do, they imperiously take the advantage away from white males and hand it over, lock, stock and barrel to all non-white males and females of all varieties.  And presto-change-o the world is still unfair, but it is unfair in a different direction.  A more "fair" form of unfairness, or so say the deconstructionists.

'Help' That Harms:  The arguments about the unintended consequences of affirmative action aren't new.  What is new is a growing body of empirical evidence to back up the claim that affirmative action in higher education harms not only whites and Asians but also blacks and Hispanics.  But this body of evidence may never see light — which is why the report is so important.

The End of Affirmative Action.  Affirmative action in theory bears no resemblance to affirmative action in reality. … Of course, it should come as no surprise that people engage in racial discrimination in hiring when they are specifically asked to do so by human resources.  But what is surprising about affirmative action is the extent to which it encourages discrimination along the lines of other variables not classified as "allowable" under official policies.

Affirmative action may be on ballots.  A campaign is underway to ban affirmative action in five states already embroiled in debates over illegal immigration.  Efforts are proceeding in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma to put initiatives on November ballots that would end programs to increase minority and female participation in government and education.  The push is led by Ward Connerly, a California management consultant who successfully ran similar campaigns in California, Washington and Michigan.

Democratic Chickens Coming Home to Roost.  Affirmative action is unconstitutional, in violating the 14th Amendment.  It is illegal, in that it violates the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act.  And it is a moral outrage.  But for most blacks, as for their white patrons, support for affirmative action is a political and moral litmus test.  Any white who fails that test is for them a "racist" and irredeemably evil.

The First Affirmative Action Candidate.  There is little difference between the rhetoric of Obama and the white candidates.  They all speak of hope and change.  Why should Obama's words be more believable, legitimate or acceptable?  The answer is white guilt.  American institutions tainted with white guilt are ready to dispense with justice for what they perceive as the higher goal of attaining moral legitimacy.  The charge of racism in contemporary America is probably the most intimidating, if not the most ruinous, to white people's careers.

McCain Backs Ban on Affirmative Action.  Presidential challenger John McCain said Sunday [7/27/2008] that he supports a proposed ballot initiative in his home state that would prohibit affirmative action policies from state and local governments.  A decade ago, he called a similar effort "divisive."

Arizona University is Forced to Treat White Professors Equally.  A federal judge in Phoenix this month said that Northern Arizona University owes $1.4 million to a group of professors who have been pursuing justice through the courts since 1995. … The lawsuit and its outcome are yet another striking illustration of the perils of affirmative action, with its often contorted logic of redress and blame and its tendency to commit exactly the sort of discrimination that it was designed to prevent.

Group seeks affirmative action vote.  A civil rights group in Michigan will ask voters through a ballot initiative this November to decide whether to abolish affirmative action for college admissions, government hiring and contracting.  The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) has been trying for three years to pose the question to voters, all while fending off lawsuits and other civil rights groups, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, a Democrat, and some prominent state lawmakers who oppose it.

Affirmative Blackmail:  According to its mission statement, a primary goal of the American Bar Association is to "promote respect for the law."  In the interest of mandating racial preferences in admissions, however, the ABA has just ordered law schools to do the opposite — in fact, to violate the law — and is resorting to blackmail to achieve its end.

Students disrupt election vote.  Hundreds storm meeting hurling insults at panel trying to certify affirmative action ban for 2006.

[If Affirmative Action is put to a vote it will fail.  This incident shows that the beneficiaries of Affirmative Action will resort to violence to perpetuate it.]

Police investigate alleged threat to affirmative action foe.  An official with the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which is pushing for an end to race-based affirmative action policies, has accused a member of an opposition group of threatening her with a knife.

Help wanted:  Must not be white, male.  Able-bodied white men seeking a career in Canada's Department of Public Works had best wait awhile before submitting their resumes — the deputy minister of the federal agency has instructed managers to temporarily hire only visible minorities, women, aboriginals and the disabled.

Racial profiling for dollar$:  The Bush administration supports racial profiling — as long as it's lining the pockets of the right people.  Bean-counting government bureaucrats are free to take race, ethnicity and gender into account when doling out public funds to non-white-male contractors.

The darker side of quotas:  When racial preferences are lifted, whites don't gain much, but Asian admissions jump through the roof.  At the University of Texas-Austin, when preferences were removed, Asian freshmen jumped to 18 percent in a state where Asians comprise only 3 percent of the population. … The diversity "racket" discriminates against some minorities for the benefit of other minorities.

Questions for Senator Schumer.  During debate on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Hubert Humphrey, the Minnesota Democrat who was one of the principal sponsors of the legislation, denounced the "wholesale distortions" and "nightmarish propaganda" that the law would permit preferential treatment of an individual or group because of race or a racial "imbalance" in employment.

Destroying effective policing:  Police departments must use race and sex preferences in hiring as a result of federal court consent decrees and political pressures.  To meet these demands, many police departments have lowered, and in some cases eliminated, established standards for personal character and intellectual and physical capacity.

How Racial P.C. Corrupted the LAPD:  The LAPD was once known as "the world's greatest police department," due largely to its stringent character screening.  Back in the era of Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD candidates were checked out as thoroughly as homicide suspects. … All that is now history.  In a bid to appease racial activists and meet federal decrees, strict screening and testing measures were dismantled.  New black and Hispanic officer candidates were hustled into the ranks at any cost.

The road to bad laws is paved with good intentions.  The more likely that an assault will be successful, the more likely criminals will be to make it.  The major factor determining success is the relative strengths and sizes of the criminal and officer.  In particular, when officer strength and size requirements are reduced because of affirmative action, each one-percent increase in the number of female officers increases the number of assaults on police by 15 to 19 percent.  The Atlanta-courthouse shooting simply arose from such a case.

Affirmative Action Has Mixed Results for Cops.  Because of large differences in strength and size between men and women, different standards are applied to ensure that there are more female officers.  In the Nichols case, the difference was stark:  the suspect was 33 years old and 6 feet tall; the female sheriff's deputy guarding him was 51 years old and 5-foot-2.

The Decline of Affirmative Action.  By tying it to the then controversial women's movement, [Democrat Congressman Howard W.] Smith hoped to kill the Civil Rights Act. … Within decades, government had imposed de facto quotas and fair practice standards for women (and minorities) throughout the work place and academia.  That had not been [President] Kennedy's intention.

Baking up a controversy:  The enemies of campus bake sales are at it again, inflaming one another over the dire threat of cupcakes and cookies sold at different prices to whites, minorities, and women.  The sales are political parody, of course, poking fun at affirmative action policies and trying to get a debate going.  Campus orthodoxy holds that such policies are sacred and that any dissent, even in the form of satirical cookie prices, is illegitimate and deserving of suppression.

Preferences aren't necessary.  For more than three decades, supporters of affirmative action have argued that racial preferences in higher education were absolutely vital if blacks and other minorities were to obtain college and professional degrees.  A new study, however, debunks the myth that those preferences are necessary … providing stunning evidence that affirmative action may actually hurt the chances of blacks to obtain their law degrees.

Double Standards, Double Talk, and Multiple Troubles.  Fairness in the public realm once meant equality before the law, but many today equate it with equality of outcome.  Is it any wonder, then, that American political culture has become plagued by identity politics, victimization claims and affirmative discrimination?

Alan Keyes On Affirmative Action:  In the 1960s, the civil rights movement sought to enforce the principle in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.  Today's civil rights groups, including the NAACP, have abandoned that principle.  Today, civil rights groups defend affirmative action by arguing that it cures past discrimination.  They do not see that no one can cure a past injustice with another injustice, and that it patronizes American blacks because it presumes that blacks cannot succeed on their own.  Affirmative action does not advance civil rights in this country.  It is merely another government program to secure money and jobs for a few people who benefit from it.

Real Reason to Oppose Affirmative Action:  Debate over affirmative action is centered on a person's perceptions of fairness.  Those favoring it argue it is unfair to have the same requirements for select minorities as for others.  Those opposed believe it's unfair that the more qualified candidate loses an opportunity to a less qualified member of a preferred group.

Federal Overhiring of Minorities:  12,310 new federal jobs were created during FY 2001 but only 2,820 of this total were filled by white males and other "non-minorities".  That means that fewer than 23 jobs out of every 100 new Federal jobs were filled by non-minorities.  Apparently FY 2001 just wasn't a very good year for white guys to apply for a federal job!

Blacks in the Federal Work Force:  The First Place prize in the federal quota competition goes to Court Services and Offender Services (CSOS) for employing 1,025.4% more blacks than their affirmative action "target".

Diversity Means Quotas.  Times executive editor Howell Raines has basically admitted that affirmative action played a major role in giving disgraced former reporter Jayson Blair the opportunity to prosper at the paper.  Blair came to the paper on a minority internship and was promoted to national reporter, covering the beltway sniper shootings, over the objections of a Times editor.  The editor was told Blair had to be promoted to diversify the newsroom.

How Title IX [held] us back at the Athens Olympics:  Should the gold medals be divided equally among the participating countries?  Of course not, nor should money be allocated equally to everyone who shows up.  Yet that is what Title IX regulations impose on our schools and colleges.

Title IX Tied Our Hands At the Beijing Olympics.  U.S. athletes won in spite of Title IX regulations, which impose gender quotas on sports for institutions that receive any federal money.  Title IX has crippled our national competitiveness.  Title IX regulations have forced educational institutions to eliminate men's teams until the number of men and women on sports teams is the same ratio as the number of men and women enrolled in academic classes.  In the numerous colleges that are now 60 percent female in academic enrollment, Title IX requires that men's teams be eliminated until only 40 percent of the athletes are men.

Speaking of Title IX...
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.  In a mind-boggling move, NCAA president Miles Brand recently urged NCAA institutions not to blame Title IX for any athletics cuts that they might be forced to make in the current economic downturn. ... The truth is that Title IX is always a factor in athletic department program decisions.

Affirmative action?  No, racial preference.  The affirmative action described in President Johnson's Executive Order 11246, issued on Sept. 28, 1965, specifically said things were to be done without regard to race.  The 1964 Civil Rights Act says the same thing.

The soft bigotry of low expectations comes from many directions.  Paul Hornung, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, NFL Green Bay Packers' star and Notre Dame Heisman trophy winner, stood recently before the public relations' "racial insensitivity" pit that dragged down John Rocker, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, Al Campanis, Fuzzy Zoeller and Sen. Trent Lott.

Affirmative Action Is Not What It Used to Be.  The term "affirmative action" has long since ceased meaning what it meant in its beginnings soon after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  In 1968 President Lyndon Johnson issued Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 which ordered government agencies to take "affirmative action" (urged by President Kennedy earlier) to encourage the full participation of minority-members in American life.  Later gender was added to affirmative action.

College Bake Sales Spark Conflict.  Campus bake sales by conservatives who oppose affirmative action are cooking up discord — and complaints about restrictions on free speech.  Organizers charge white students $1 for a cookie, while blacks and other minorities pay 25 to 95 cents.  Unfair?  So is affirmative action, organizers contend.

Conservative Black Leaders React to Supremes' Affirmative Action Ruling:  A strong opponent of racial preferences is praising Justice Clarence Thomas for his strong dissent in the Supreme Court's ruling on the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action plan.

Destroying black youth:  Let's examine some practical matters ignored in the pro-affirmative action celebration of the court's decision.

Saving quotas:  There was some talk recently about upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court because some retirements were expected.  However, the High Court's decision on affirmative action suggests that there are already vacancies, even though no one has resigned.

The Supremes and affirmative action:  The Supreme Court decision upholding affirmative action is incoherent, disingenuous, intellectually muddled and morally confused.  Yet, it is welcome.

Bush supports racist affirmative action.  President Bush commented on the Supreme Court ruling yesterday [6/23/2003] stating, "I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing the value of diversity on our Nation's campuses.  Diversity is one of America's greatest strengths."

"Diversity" Breeds Journalistic Corruption.  The Jayson Blair/New York Times scandal represents the impact of the insidious push for "diversity" in the media.  Blair, considered a "promising" and "talented" black reporter, was a living example of the importance that the major media attach to "diversity" in the newsroom over accuracy and objectivity in the journalistic product.

Jayson Blair:  A study in compassionate racism.  As newspaper editors convened emergency denial-control meetings and minority journalists circled their wagons, New York Times executive editor Howell Raines went ahead and admitted what was obvious to anyone without a blankie over his head:  Of course it's about race.

Racial preferences at the New York Times:  Jayson Blair, the black now-disgraced, former up-and-coming reporter of The New York Times, personifies everything wrong with racial preferences.

Crash landing for affirmative action?  It is difficult to imagine how the morale so necessary for national security can be maintained in a military which does not use merit as its sole basis for performance evaluations.

Quota "logic".  Old-timers may remember a radio program about a crime-fighting hero called The Shadow, who had "the power to cloud men's minds, so that they cannot see him."  Affirmative action has that same power today.  Some of the murkiest thinking of our times has come from those defending group preferences and quotas.

The grand fraud:  part I.  Many defenders of affirmative action are not even honest enough to admit that they are talking about quotas and preferences, even though everyone knows that is what affirmative action amounts to in practice.

The grand fraud:  part II.  In the feminist movement's version of history, women's changing economic position is explained by women's being repressed by men until they began to be rescued in the 1960s by the women's movement, anti-discrimination policies, and affirmative action.  Hard facts tell a very different story.

The grand fraud:  part III.  The end of affirmative action in the state-supported universities of California and Texas was decried and denounced by those who said that it would mean the end of black students' "access" to college, the "resegregation of higher education" and other irresponsible rhetorical flourishes.

The grand fraud:  part IV.  Someone once said of Lillian Hellman that every word she uttered was a lie, including "and" and "the."  Many defenders of affirmative action deserve a Lillian Hellman award.  Not only is much of what they say contradicted by readily available facts, much of what they say publicly contradicts what they themselves say privately.  Often their very reasons for favoring affirmative action are false.

Create affirmative action for the truly needy:  Presently, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to the racist admissions policy at the University of Michigan.  The university ranks applicants on a scale that awards points for SAT scores, high school grades and the color of one's skin.  A perfect SAT score is worth 12 points.  Being black earns you 20 points.

Quotas on trial:  The dishonesty that is incidental to other policies is central to affirmative action.  Most of what is said in support of this policy is either wholly unsubstantiated or demonstrably false.

Quotas on trial:  part II.  People who are for or against affirmative action are usually for or against the theory of it.  What actually happens under this policy gets remarkably little attention.

Dirty Secrets About "Affirmative Action":  "The dirty little secret about affirmative action is that it doesn't work."  So concluded ABC network reporter Bob Zelnick in his excellent book on the subject, titled "Backfire."  An even dirtier secret is that virtually no one really cares whether or not affirmative action works to advance minorities or women.

Affirmative Action:  Facts and Myths.  Why do so many prominent social critics possess so little understanding of the causes they champion with such passion?  Nothing so limits the public's ability to form reasoned opinions about vital issues as does the endless barrage of irresponsible, baseless assertions made by such individuals.

Affirmative Action Hero:  The Life and Death of Patrick Chavis.  Seven years ago, Chavis became the toast of the media elite and the racial preference crowd when he was profiled lavishly by New York Times magazine writer Nicholas Lemann.  Chavis, who made the cover of the magazine, was a black physician admitted to the University of California-Davis medical school under a special racial-preference quota.

Affirmative action, a disservice to us all:  The University of Michigan employs an admissions process that openly and unapologetically benefits minorities.  Opponents decry the policy as a violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the Bill of Rights (drawing specific attention to the Equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment).

"Affirmative action" revisited:  Secretary of State Colin Powell distinguished preferences from affirmative action in his autobiography.  "Equal rights and equal opportunity… mean just that," said Powell.  "They do not mean preferential treatment.  Preferences, no matter how well intended, ultimately breed resentment among the nonpreferred.  And preferential treatment demeans the achievements that minority Americans win by their own efforts.

Next:  Get rid of racial boxes.  President Bush has spoken.  Giving 20 bonus points to public college and university applicants just for being black, Hispanic or Native American is "divisive, unfair, and impossible to square with the Constitution."

Racism in the newsroom:  The diversity craze in the newsroom has not only hurt good, qualified white male reporters and editors in tangible ways, it has hurt the very people it was intended to help and it has hurt the credibility and viability of the news organizations infected with this disease.

Diversity is Not Merely Skin Deep:  The Illinois Board of Higher Education recently sought public comment on its campaign to promote faculty "diversity," which it equates with skin color or national origin.  Most of the current and proposed "steps to increase minority faculty," however, are unnecessary and unconstitutional.

Why Affirmative Action is Harmful:  I'm not a very good "briefer," as they say in Washington, because I tend to throw complications at politicians who want simple answers, but on this issue I can keep it simple.

10 States Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Michigan Affirmative-Action:  Ten states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case involving the use of race-conscious admissions policies by the University of Michigan Law School.

Race is Still an Issue in College Admission, Activist Says:  In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 209, which did away with racial preferences in admissions.  The Center for Equal Opportunity says the University of California is ignoring the law in a unseemly manner and is back to using race as a factor in admitting first-year students.

One of the Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric:  Affirmative Action.  Hubert Humphrey, a self-described sixties liberal, defined discrimination as "any distinction in treatment given to different individuals because of their different race."  Today's preference programs have gone far beyond that view and, as reformers have suggested, now threaten to turn Dr. King's dream into a nightmare and his vision of a color-blind society into a dangerously polarized illusion.

"Friends" of blacks:  During the 1940s, black students in Harlem schools had test scores very similar to those of white working class students on the lower east side of New York.  Sometimes the Harlem scores were a little higher or a little lower, but they were never miles behind, the way they are today in many ghetto schools.  If blacks could do better back when their opportunities were worse, why can't today's ghetto students do better?

"Friends" of Blacks, Part 2:  No group is more in need of forgetting old political ties and making some new ones than blacks.  The black vote has been almost an automatic monopoly of the Democratic Party for years.  Yet the dominant forces among the Democrats have agendas that are directly contrary to the interests of blacks.

New Words for the Same Old Hustle:  Martin Luther King Jr. did not protest the double standards of Jim Crow so they could be replaced with the double standards of affirmative action.  Americans today are a remarkably tolerant and unbigoted people — especially when compared with others around the world — and yet our government and laws are obsessed as never before with race and racial categories.  That obsession in turn infects our workplaces, our schools, our media.  Thirty-four years after Dr. King's death, we are more mired in race than ever.

American History vs. Affirmative Action Hogwash:  No one wants to talk about this because it would undermine the myth that the government and black "leaders" are responsible for the advancement of the black population.  One of the consequences of that myth is that, while most blacks lifted themselves out of poverty, the public image is that government programs were responsible.  This has left many whites wondering why blacks can't advance themselves by their own efforts, like other minorities -- and left many blacks likewise convinced that without government programs they would be lost.  Such myths help race hustlers but hurt the race that they claim to be leading.

Affirmative action's latest victim:  a black judge.  Unfortunately, Affirmative Action is now little more than a euphemism for the use of quotas, though they often go under the cover of "goals" or "diversity" or some other verbal disguise.

Affirmative Action Can't Be Mended.  "Even if affirmative action was not a violation of justice and fair play, was not a zero-sum game, was not racially polarizing, it is a poor cover-up for the real work that needs to be done."

Imaginary History:  Picture three white fire fighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.  Then picture a magical transformation:  a statue of one white, one black and one Hispanic.  The rulers of political correctness didn't like what really happened, so they plan to portray it the way they think it should have been.

Judge People by Their Character, Not Skin Color:  Color blindness now has been replaced with color preference in the form of affirmative action.  No amount of rationalizing can disguise the fact that affirmative action involves implicit or explicit racial quotas, i.e., racism.

Affirmative action for Osama:  Under the affirmative action program now pending before the Supreme Court in Adarand Constructors v. Mineta, each of the 12,000 boys born in Pakistan last year who were named "Osama" would be granted preferential treatment over American-born whites.  They just have to immigrate here.  Our government discriminates against native-born Americans in favor of Pakistanis.



The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act
Creating a state within a state.


Native Hawaiian group adopts constitution at convention.  The proposed constitution, approved Friday [2/26/2016] by an 88 to 30 vote with one abstention, allows room for recognition by the U.S. government while holding out for the possibility of independence, said Na'I Aupuni, an organization that says on its website it's dedicated to "establish a path for Hawaiian self-determination."

Obama Administration Promoting Race-based Hawaiian Election.  This all began in Hawaii in 2011 when Act 195 was passed.  It called for an election to take place in Hawaii but specified that only indigenous Native Hawaiians could vote.  The purpose of the election was to enable Native Hawaiians to exercise their right to self-determination and discuss Tribal Nation self-governance.  The election would choose 40 delegates to an aha, or constitutional convention.  To administer this restricted election a Native Hawaiian Roll Commission was established, funded by Hawaiian taxpayer dollars.  This Roll Commission created a list of Native Hawaiians who would be eligible to vote.

Supreme Court Blocks Racially Discriminatory Hawaii Election.  The Supreme Court has just issued an order blocking the racially discriminatory separatist election in Hawaii.  The order enjoins (stops) the counting of ballots and certification of results pending further order of the Supreme Court. [...] Only one race is permitted to register to vote with Hawaiian government officials for the separatist election.  Hawaii has given a private organization millions of dollars to run the election.  They believe these actions are constitutional.  Judicial Watch has sued Hawaii, and the Public Interest Legal Foundation has filed an emergency brief with the Supreme Court on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union asking the court to stop the election process.

Hawaii Is Holding an Election That Only Allows People of Certain Racial Background to Vote.  It's bad enough having a state hold an election that is racially discriminatory.  Now we have a judge willing to allow it to move forward.  That would be federal district court Judge J. Michael Seabright (a George W. Bush appointee, surprisingly enough).  He's refused to issue an injunction to stop an election in Hawaii to set up a separate government that excludes anyone who doesn't meet the state's definition of "Native Hawaiian."  Seabright's deplorable decision in Akina v. State of Hawaii is on an emergency appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — which, unfortunately, doesn't always seem to believe in following Supreme Court precedent.

Obama Administration Seeks Race-Based Government In Hawaii.  President Barack Obama's administration has quietly suggested it is willing to create a two-tier race-based legal system in Hawaii, where one set of taxes, spending and law enforcement will govern one race, and the second set of laws will govern every other race.  The diversity proposal is portrayed as an effort to create a separate in-state government for people who are "native Hawaiians."  If Obama succeeds, "what's to prevent creating similar [self-governing racial] groups out of say, Cajuns, or Orthodox Jews or Amish?" said Gail Heriot, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  "If you can do that with groups that are already part of the mainstream, you can balkanize the country," said Heriot, who is a law professor at the University of San Diego.

Obama Looks to Bypass Congress and Promote Racial Spoils in Hawaii.  When we pledge allegiance to the flag, we also pledge allegiance to the Republic for which it stands — "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."  The modern American left has put each of these qualities up for grabs.  For example, implementing "social justice" would make it logically impossible to provide justice for all of us as individuals.  The left is also unfavorably disposed to the idea of one indivisible nation.  The Akaka Bill was a good example.  As Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow explained, this legislation, which the House passed in 2010, would have enabled the nation's approximately 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians to organize themselves into one vast Indian tribe. [...] Existing Indian tribes have a degree of sovereignty.  But this was an attempt to establish and empower a tribe where none existed, and to do so along racial lines.  Naturally, as Heriot and Kirsanow explained, the attempt was really about funneling billions of dollars to ethnic Hawaiians, a Democratic constituency.

Native Hawaiians seek rights to self-government.  Hawaii politicians are scrambling to gather enough votes in Congress to pass a bill that would grant Native Hawaiians a degree of self-government and possibly a share of the land ruled by their ancestors.

An unconstitutional act.  If Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii gets his way, the Senate next week will pass S. 147, a bill that would for the first time create a race-based system of governing in the United States.  Akaka's bill, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, would erect a new governmental structure to have jurisdiction over American citizens who have "one drop" of Native Hawaiian blood.

Apartheid for Native Hawaiians:  Now there's a new group that wants in on all the special rights, free benefits and racial preferences that accompany sovereign tribal status:  Native Hawaiians.

Hawaii Moves Toward Second 'Ethnic' Government.  In a move that critics call a direct threat to the U.S. Constitution, federal legislation is moving forward in Congress to create a second, separate government in Hawaii solely controlled by ethnic and indigenous Hawaiians.

Hawaii's Racial Separatism Threatens America's Fundamental Principles.  Among the 50 states, Hawaii is the most diverse.  All ethnic groups are minorities.  Intermarriage is commonplace.  All races live, work, play and pray side by side.  But despite the Aloha Spirit, institutional racism has become entrenched in Hawaii, causing huge problems.  Hawaii is rapidly building a bridge to the Nineteenth Century.  Hawaii has "affirmative action" on steroids.  The favorite racial group is the 20% who have at least one drop of Hawaiian native blood.  Two state government agencies serve "Native Hawaiians" exclusively.

'Native Hawaiian' Act a Pending Disaster, Experts Warn.  Representatives of 10 state and national organizations that advocate for property rights and low and fair taxation are warning members of Congress and others with influence over national policy of dire consequences if the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007 becomes law.

Trouble in paradise?  I've been talking to some buddies from high school, and we're thinking of getting together and forming an Indian tribe. … Why?  The benefits are just too good. … Indian tribes are exempt from many federal laws, collect their own taxes and generally can ignore the Bill of Rights, discriminate in favor of their "tribe" members and operate their own justice system.

Bill Would Divide Hawaii by Race, Dole Out Entitlements.  Legislation to divide Hawaii along racial lines and hand out race-based government benefits to as much as 20 percent of the state's population is moving through Congress, having attracted almost no attention outside the state, despite its implications.

The 'Native Hawaiian' bill.  The U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin debate soon on S.147, the falsely named "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005."  The proponents of this bill, some motivated by seemingly benign purposes and others by simple greed, argue that the legislation redresses ancient wrongs done to early Hawaiians by the United States.

Black Activists Oppose Race-Based Hawaiian Government.  Members of the black leadership network Project 21 are expressing concern that legislation now under consideration in the U.S. Senate conflicts with America's "melting pot" philosophy.

Pluribus Sine Unum.  America's motto is "E pluribus unum," Latin for "Out of many, one."  Some U.S. senators seem to be reading it backward.  This week the Senate will consider legislation that would create an independent, race-based government for Native Hawaiians.  If the bill becomes law, it would create a racial spoils system that would hand special privileges to up to one-fifth of the state's population — including many with only a trace of Hawaiian blood.  It could inspire mainland groups such as Hispanic separatists to seek similar spoils, should they ever gain enough political leverage.

Did Anyone Ask the Hawaiians?  If I told you there would be a bill coming to the floor of the United States Senate this week that would create a sovereign government based on race, would you believe me? You can be forgiven for being skeptical.  It sounds ridiculous.

Time to stand for unity.  A number of Republicans appear ready to jump on the Native Hawaiian bandwagon.  The bill's chief sponsor is Sen. Daniel Akaka, who has tried to get the legislation through Congress for several years.  In the past, he's been given a boost by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who has also pushed for legislation to make Puerto Rico a state, but most mainstream Republicans have steered clear.  Not so of late.

Gonzales' time to shine?  Within the week, the Senate is expected to hold a vote on Senator Akaka's Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.  Akaka's bill would institute an extra-constitutional race-based government for native Hawaiians.  The new government would have jurisdiction over Hawaiian residents with "one drop" of native Hawaiian blood.  Those governed by this new, race-based government would not be subject to the same federal and state tax laws as their non-native Hawaiian neighbors.  The bill's opponents note that this is surely is a recipe for racial conflict on the Hawaiian Islands.

Conservatives facing uphill battle.  The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, S. 147, sponsored by Hawaiian Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka, has drawn harsh criticism from conservatives who see it as a new form of extra-constitutional race-based governing. Akaka's bill would set up a separate governing entity to preside over residents with "one drop" of Native Hawaiian blood.

Hawaiian tribe:  The first business for the Senate when it reconvenes Sept. 6 after the summer recess will be passing a bill giving native Hawaiians the same status as mainland Indian tribes, despite opposition by Republican leaders and the Bush administration.

House votes to let Native Hawaiians self-govern.  Native Hawaiians should regain some of the self-governance powers lost when the islands' queen was overthrown more than a century ago, the House decided Wednesday [10/24/2007].  The White House threatened a veto, saying the legislation that passed by a 261-153 vote would divide Americans "along suspect lines of race and ethnicity."

The Editor says...
Isn't that exactly what the Congressional Black Caucus does? Or the NAACP? Or "Affirmative Action" quotas?

More information about the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.

Status of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005.

Politics Rules in Debate over Hawaiian Ethnicity Bill.  A bill that would have created a "Native Hawaiian Government" with special powers for 400,000 persons of native Hawaiian ancestry died in the U.S. Senate on June 8, when the measure came four votes short of the 60 that were needed to keep it alive.

Black Activists Criticize Congressional Plan to Create a Race-Based Hawaiian Government.  Members of the black leadership network Project 21 are expressing concern that the legislation directly conflicts with the spirit of inclusion and equality that civil rights activists fought so hard to create.

Senate committee approves Native Hawaiian bills.  The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved bills today to extend self-government and self-determination to Native Hawaiians and to reauthorize federal housing programs for them.  Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, said he did not expect the Native Hawaiian government bill to reach the Senate floor until after May.

Bush Administration Strongly Opposes Passage of H.R. 505 — Known as 'The Akaka Bill'.  As the U.S. Civil Rights Commission recently noted, this legislation "would discriminate on the basis of race or national origin and further subdivide the American people into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege."

Akaka Bill is Bad for America.  The proposed legislation would dedicate scarce financial resources to promote ethnic divisions within our great nation and, at the same time, expand the role of government in an attempt to fix a system that does not appear to be broken.

Race-baiting the Aloha state.  The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act that was passed Wednesday [10/24/2007] by the House is a stunning display of racial divisiveness.  If enacted, it would further inflame tenuous race relations nationwide by allowing an estimated 400,000 people across the country who claim native Hawaiian ancestry to form their own body of government for negotiating with state and federal governments.

Hawaii and the Ethnic Grievance Industry:  Under legislation that the House of Representatives has voted 261-153 to foist on Hawaii, [Hermann] Goering's role would be played by a panel empowered to decide who is a "Native Hawaiian" and entitled to special privileges and immunities.  Because there are perhaps only 7,000 "pure" Native Hawaiians, "Hawaiian blood" will inevitably be the criterion and the "one-drop rule" likely will prevail.  Goering would have approved of this racialist sorting-out.

Somewhat related:
Native Hawaiians Reclaiming Land.  More than 200 acres of land that belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii before the United States took control a century ago will be returned to Native Hawaiians, according to terms of a $200 million tentative settlement announced Friday [1/18/2008].

The Editor says...
I don't get it.  If the land belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii, which is now the State of Hawaii, why isn't it state property?

Native Hawaiians Occupy Palace.  A Native Hawaiian group that advocates sovereignty locked the gates of a historic palace Wednesday [4/30/2008] in downtown Honolulu, saying it would carry out the business of what it considers the legitimate government of the islands.

Hawaiian group demands restoration of the monarchy.  Surrounded by royal guards and the occasional tourist, Her Majesty Mahealani Kahau and her government ministers hold court every day under a tent outside the palace of Hawaii's last monarch, passing laws and discussing how to secure reparations for the Native Hawaiian people.

The Editor says...
I support Hawaii's right to secede, provided that Texas is allowed to secede as well.

Democratic platform adopts native Hawaiian recognition.  Recognition of native Hawaiians is back in the Democratic Party's national platform.  The wording is a bit different from the plank adopted in 2000, but the emphasis on some form of native Hawaiian recognition by the federal government runs on the same track.

So this is what the Native Hawaiian stuff is all about!
The Akaka Bill:  A Cash Cow for Democrats.  Obama's multi-billion dollar nationwide scheme to circumvent campaign spending laws comes neatly disguised as a Hawaii-only deal for "reconciliation" and "justice".  "Campaign finance" isn't even in the bill's description.  It is called the Akaka Bill.  Reintroduced February 4 for the 2009 Congressional session as S381 and HR862, the Akaka Bill creates a process to establish a Native Hawaiian Tribal Government.

Regrets Only?  Native Hawaiians Insist U.S. Apology Has a Price.  Lawyers typically warn clients never to apologize for anything, since a plaintiff could seize upon the remorse as an admission of liability.  But what happens when governments apologize?

Time for Hawaii to secede?
Who's Ready for the "Native Hawaiian Council"!  The 50th state is on the verge of being governed quite differently, now that a pro-sovereignty Hawaiian is in the White House.

Shakedown at the luau.  Imagine what would happen if Congress proposed setting up a special, sovereign government for any descendant, anywhere in the country, of the mix of Cajuns and American Indians who lived before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 in what is now the state of Louisiana. ... Substitute "Native Hawaiian" for "Native Cajun," however, and this is exactly what the House and Senate leadership plans to ram through a slumbering Congress this month.

By hook or crook...
Race-Based Government Established at Expense of Troops?  The House and Senate are wrapping up work on the last appropriations bill of the year and rumors are swirling that the controversial Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, also known as the "Akaka Bill," will be included in the Defense Appropriations bill.  The defense measure is proving to be controversial, because House and Senate appropriators are using it to carry non related matters like a $1.9 trillion debt limit increase, an extension of unemployment benefits and the Native Hawaiian measure.

Aloha, Segregation.  President Obama speaks proudly of his childhood in Hawaii, so we wonder what the state's voters think of his support for a bill that would redistribute its wealth based on race.  That's what would happen under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which Congress is trying to sneak through in its final days this year.

Nine weeks later, another article with the same title:
Aloha Segregation.  A bill expected to pass the House today [2/23/2010] with overwhelming Democratic support would accomplish something peculiar for a liberal republic in the 21st century:  It would partly disenfranchise a portion of one state's residents, create a parallel government for those meeting a legislated criterion of ethnic purity, and would portend the transfer of public assets, land, and political power from those who fail to satisfy the standard of ethnic purity to those who do.  For these reasons and many more, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act richly deserves opposition.

Bill to Grant Native Hawaiians Sovereignty Passes House.  A bill that would give native Hawaiians the same right as Native Americans is halfway through the congressional process but opponents say the legislation is divisive and would turn over valuable land and resources out of U.S. hands.

Congress Tries to Break Hawaii in Two.  Last week, the House of Representatives, in a largely party-line vote, passed the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.  Popularly known as "the Akaka bill," this piece of legislation might turn out to be this Congress's single most calamitous decision.  The bill creates a complex federal framework under which most of the nation's approximately 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians can organize themselves into one vast Indian tribe.

Senator Akaka's Native Hawaiian Bill Going Nowhere.  The House bid farewell to departing Rep. Neil Abercrombie last week by passing the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, a vote the Hawaii Democrat emotionally described as "the culmination of a legislative lifetime for me."  It's probably just as well that Abercrombie is now back in Honolulu.

Congress to Divide Hawaii Along Ethnic Lines.  The U.S. House last week passed legislation that would in effect divide Hawaii into two states, one for ethnic Hawaiians and the other for everyone else.  In an opinion piece in Monday's Wall Street Journal, Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow — members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights — said the bill "might turn out to be this Congress' single most calamitous decision."

Native Hawaiian government may become reality.  Their kingdom long ago overthrown, Native Hawaiians seeking redress are closer than they've ever been to reclaiming a piece of Hawaii.

Aloha Oy Vey!  By law, Congress cannot discriminate in favor of one race over others.  Congress cannot create Indian tribes, it can only recognize ones that exist, provided they can prove their history.  Furthermore, a large percentage of tribal members live on reservations, whereas Native Hawaiians are scattered throughout the Hawaiian Islands and some live on the mainland.  Approximately 20 percent of Hawaii's residents would become part of this "governing entity," and it would have jurisdiction over members residing in other states.  The bill would give them racially exclusive rights, thus discriminating against their fellow citizens of other races.



Color Bind:  Racial preferences carry a high price.

Bush Backs Racial Preferences:  Contradicting a campaign pledge, the Bush administration backs constitutionally dubious racial set-asides of government contracts.

Bush administration supports racial preferences:  Never-Ending Supreme Court Case Has Bush Fighting for Affirmative Action.  Back when he was just a hopeful candidate with his eye on the White House, George W. Bush expressed concerns about affirmative action.  "I don't like quotas," Bush said during the third presidential debate against former Vice President Al Gore in October.  "Quotas tend to pit one group of people against another.  Quotas are bad for America.  It's not the way that America is all about."  But the Bush administration's Justice Department is set to defend the policy of awarding some government contracts based on race when it argues the remnants of a long-running case returning to the Supreme Court this fall.

Racial Double Standards:  A measure of accommodation is accorded children because they are not adults and thus not to be held to the same accountability standards. But should that same accommodation be accorded to a race of people?

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