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Time to End Racist Government Policies

A recent article* by Jesse Washington about college admissions points out one of the unintended consequences of government sponsored racism I’m not Asian Young people are hiding their ancestry in order to get into college.

Progressives of all stripes will tell you that race based admissions policies are not racist. They’ll tell you that government racial selection is OK because it makes up for past wrongs. But does it really? Is society helped or harmed by creating a situation where people must LIE about their heritage for fear of being discriminated against?

I’ve never been able to reconcile the progressive argument. It still seems to equate to “two wrongs make it right”. Their policy of deliberately harming children who have done nothing wrong, but happen to have been born with the wrong color of skin can be described as nothing BUT racism. But much of society has bought into their argument for decades. Stories like this may start creating cracks in their argument. Now that it isn’t just white males who are having to hide their race in order to NOT be discriminated against, perhaps people will see what a lame argument the progressives have made.

I’m not the first to call for an end to these quotas or claim that they are causing more harm that good. For example, Thomas Sowell wrote about the topic in 1999 Racial Quotas in College Admissions: A Critique of the Bowen and Bok Study pointing out that the data used to support institutional racism was flawed.

It’s time to end the institutional racism created by race based quotas in our nation’s schools! It’s time to admit students based ONLY on their character and ability rather than the color of their skin!

*I first read this article in the print version of my local paper a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I can’t find a link to the article on their web site (I won’t say it’s trying to cover a controversial story, it’s probably a copyright restriction).

Brian Hibbert
Midwestern conservative, Precinct Committeeman, county GOP Executive Committee secretary and currently a candidate for the Board of Trustees at Illinois Central College. It's amazing what can happen if you just show up and put in a little effort.

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  1. Agree completely. I found it distressing when I read in Clarence Thomas’ book that he was a diligent and successful student, but when he graduated, everyone assumed he was just another mediocre affirmative action victim.

    Institutionalized racism denies some students the incentive they need to work and others the success of their labor.

    It benefits no one and harms most. Yet the liberals in Congress [and the race hustlers in the world] act like it is the only reason anyone with extra pigmentation ever succeeds. What self-aggrandizing tripe. It is the soft bigotry of low expectations and it is a destroyer.

    • While I didn’t get into the detrimental effects on those these policies were supposed to benefit, you make some very good points. After writing this, I wrote a similar letter to the editor of our local paper. If they print it, I’m going to be defending my position on its merits and also I’m sure will be accused of racism (though I still find it strange that those who use race based quotas accuse those supporting race blind policies of being racists). If it’s OK with you, I’ll borrow some of your arguments for my replies.

  2. I believe this sort of thing only perpetuates racial tension and racial resentment. I am not certain that I know all the particulars about making this a society where all people of all races and both genders are given equal protection under the law, and equal opportunities to succeed.

    But I know that government-imposed quotas are certainly not it.

    • You’re right EPU. People resent unfair treatment and it will effect their judgement and opinions for much of the rest of their lives. When people who have worked hard to succeed are passed over and their slot given to someone who has worked less hard based solely on their skin color, those who were passed up will remember that wrong for life.

  3. ‘creating a situation where people must LIE about their heritage for fear of being discriminated against?’

    Or a situation where people lie about their heritage or their situation just to get the goodies.

    As in Pigford, where people were encouraged to recall if they had ever seen or heard or conceived of a “farm” or what it might be like to be a farmer, so they could scam the government out of a quick fifty grand.

  4. Race-based vs racist

    Even the 14th Amendment didn’t mention race when addressing slavery. Of course, the word racist originally meant those that believed that blacks are inferior to whites, which definition was mostly useless since what really matters is what the law is and what people actually DO. Liberals base everything on how they “feel”. more later

  5. Every time equality is addressed by a previously abused minority they refuse to accept equality as the solution. They, like the pigs in Orwell’s Animal Farm, feel they must become “more equal than others” to make up for their past discrimination. This “more equal” has become a profitable business played by bureaucrats, congress-critters, college admissions offices, government contractors… And don’t forget the Democrat Party that keeps its voter base on the plantation via this lucrative business.

  6. Has anyone here ever written a law before? Especially Illinois State law?

    I’m planning to visit my state rep Mike Unes this week and would like to bring this issue up with him. I doubt he’ll want to touch it given the explosive potential, but it’s the right thing to do so he might do it anyway (he’s one of the good ones).

    I’d like to have something like:

    “An educational institution that received state funding shall not use race as a factor in determining admission to the school or any class, degree program, organization, housing, or other program of the educational institution.”

    But I don’t know if the language is OK. Also Illinois laws are usually an amendment to the legal code of Illinois. I don’t know where such a statement should be inserted.

  1. Agree completely. I found it distressing when I read in Clarence Thomas’ book that he was a diligent and successful student, but when he graduated, everyone assumed he was just another mediocre affirmative action victim.

    Institutionalized racism denies some students the incentive they need to work and others the success of their labor.

    It benefits no one and harms most. Yet the liberals in Congress [and the race hustlers in the world] act like it is the only reason anyone with extra pigmentation ever succeeds. What self-aggrandizing tripe. It is the soft bigotry of low expectations and it is a destroyer.

    • While I didn’t get into the detrimental effects on those these policies were supposed to benefit, you make some very good points. After writing this, I wrote a similar letter to the editor of our local paper. If they print it, I’m going to be defending my position on its merits and also I’m sure will be accused of racism (though I still find it strange that those who use race based quotas accuse those supporting race blind policies of being racists). If it’s OK with you, I’ll borrow some of your arguments for my replies.

  2. I believe this sort of thing only perpetuates racial tension and racial resentment. I am not certain that I know all the particulars about making this a society where all people of all races and both genders are given equal protection under the law, and equal opportunities to succeed.

    But I know that government-imposed quotas are certainly not it.

    • You’re right EPU. People resent unfair treatment and it will effect their judgement and opinions for much of the rest of their lives. When people who have worked hard to succeed are passed over and their slot given to someone who has worked less hard based solely on their skin color, those who were passed up will remember that wrong for life.

  3. ‘creating a situation where people must LIE about their heritage for fear of being discriminated against?’

    Or a situation where people lie about their heritage or their situation just to get the goodies.

    As in Pigford, where people were encouraged to recall if they had ever seen or heard or conceived of a “farm” or what it might be like to be a farmer, so they could scam the government out of a quick fifty grand.

  4. Race-based vs racist

    Even the 14th Amendment didn’t mention race when addressing slavery. Of course, the word racist originally meant those that believed that blacks are inferior to whites, which definition was mostly useless since what really matters is what the law is and what people actually DO. Liberals base everything on how they “feel”. more later

  5. Every time equality is addressed by a previously abused minority they refuse to accept equality as the solution. They, like the pigs in Orwell’s Animal Farm, feel they must become “more equal than others” to make up for their past discrimination. This “more equal” has become a profitable business played by bureaucrats, congress-critters, college admissions offices, government contractors… And don’t forget the Democrat Party that keeps its voter base on the plantation via this lucrative business.

  6. Has anyone here ever written a law before? Especially Illinois State law?

    I’m planning to visit my state rep Mike Unes this week and would like to bring this issue up with him. I doubt he’ll want to touch it given the explosive potential, but it’s the right thing to do so he might do it anyway (he’s one of the good ones).

    I’d like to have something like:

    “An educational institution that received state funding shall not use race as a factor in determining admission to the school or any class, degree program, organization, housing, or other program of the educational institution.”

    But I don’t know if the language is OK. Also Illinois laws are usually an amendment to the legal code of Illinois. I don’t know where such a statement should be inserted.

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