You may have guessed that I’m fairly critical of politicians. With this election, that will not, of course, change. Despite the fact that I did not support Obama for President, I hope he does a great job and is the best president this country has ever seen.
Unfortunately, many years of data strongly suggest that implementation of his policies will lead to a severe curtailing of economic growth. But that’s beside the point.
We watched Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech in class the other day. It was a moving and inspirational experience, as it always is. One oft-repeated line of that speech expresses Dr. King’s hope that his children would be judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”.
To me, that line has always been a stinging indictment of Affirmative Action. Based on that line, I believe Dr. King would be fairly critical of the way we routinely put minorities into positions they’re not qualified for (be it at work or in school) simply because of the color of their skin, or their gender. Are there not qualified minorities out there? If not, doesn’t promoting unqualified people only hide the problem and guarantee they will never be qualified?
This type of reverse racism does nothing to erase the damage of events in the nation’s past. Instead, it continues to send the message that minorities can’t do it alone. Simply unconscionable.
Which is why, as I was driving to work today, I heard something that literally made me scream. NPR was running a story about a 109-year-old woman who’s father was a slave. She’s obviously ecstatic about Obama’s victory and what this means for civil rights in America. The reporter was interviewing other people and came to this quote:
“And I told my youngest grandson, [who] is 10, ‘You can be anything you want to be. You can even be president of the U.S.'”
Why did that make me scream? Because that kid could have been president, regardless of Obama’s victory.
Obama didn’t need to be elected for the way to be opened up for these kids or anybody else. And that’s what scares me.
Let me put it this way: if your company had hired a black CEO with four years experience in business (total) and no leadership experience whatsoever, what would you think?
You might think they were hired because they were black.
Let’s reflect. America just elected as president a man with no leadership experience, four years total experience in government and a slew of ideas, most of which could do serious harm to the economic and moral fiber of our nation (unions, taxes, abortion rights, gay marriage, to name a few). This man could not be any more of an enigma or a question mark.
Why did we do that?
“This is the ultimate victory of the civil rights movement,” said
Adams, who was chairman of Howard’s Department of Afro-American Studies
for nearly 35 years. “This is the triumph of content and character over
Was it really? Or was it the reverse?