Webb expresses my own view well.Bludgeon wrote:Democratic US Senator Jimm Webb, 2010 wrote:Lyndon Johnson's initial program for affirmative action was based on the 13th Amendment and on the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which authorized the federal government to take actions in order to eliminate "the badges of slavery." Affirmative action was designed to recognize the uniquely difficult journey of African-Americans. This policy was justifiable and understandable, even to those who came from white cultural groups that had also suffered in socio-economic terms from the Civil War and its aftermath.
The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history, not only during the period of slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that followed. But the extrapolation of this logic to all "people of color"—especially since 1965, when new immigration laws dramatically altered the demographic makeup of the U.S.—moved affirmative action away from remediation and toward discrimination, this time against whites. It has also lessened the focus on assisting African-Americans, who despite a veneer of successful people at the very top still experience high rates of poverty, drug abuse, incarceration and family breakup.
But I am not for dismantling Affirmative Action entirely. Specifically, we are talking about college admissions. I want to make preferences income-based, which will indirectly continue to level the playing field for minorities.
Nobody, conservative or liberal, has hazarded an opinion on my hybrid approach. I take this reticence as a brutal rejection, or as Sally Fields might say, "you don't like me, you really, really don't like me."