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Monday, June 29, 2009



two wrongs don't make a right. but there are a lot of white mediocrities out there who have achieved much through the mere fact of being white. looking back after 8 years of what can only be called mis-rule, does anybody think george bush was qualified for the presidency? it's funny to me that so many are so aggressively aggrieved by the very thought of affirmative action while the tendency of the mostly white upper and middle-classes to quietly make room in the world for only those who look like them doesn't seem to bother anyone. i've known and seen far too many whites with important jobs who were barely qualified to tie their own shoes to take all this "awful tyranny of racist affirmative action" crap seriously. again, i don't believe 2 wrongs can ever make a right, but until we can acknowledge the pervasiveness of affirmative FOR whites in this society, this will always be a stilted and dishonest conversation.



I think George W. Bush was qualified for the presidency. The qualifications are stated in the Constitution, and he met them. I am not "aggressively aggrieved by the very thought of affirmative action." But I do think that when one person is chosen for a position over another solely due to race, that that is a bad thing regardless of who benefits. As you say, two wrongs don't make a right. But that is the whole point, isn't it?

I am also very dubious about the effects of affirmative action. Why did Black applicants do so poorly on the firefighter test? Affirmative action does nothing to address that problem. It might make matters worse. Barack Obama served as President of the Harvard Law Review, and taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Did he ever publish anything? Is it really good to wave the ordinary requirements for promising Black candidates? I suspect not.

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