I am a heterosexual White male from the middle class. I am married and have an infant son.
Translation: "I won the lottery and ended up with a highly privileged status, yet somehow have managed to remain completely unaware of exactly how privileged I am."
Being in the middle class is considered winning a lottery or being in a highly privileged status? What planet do you live on? I earn too much to qualify for government assistance but so little that I'm living paycheck to paycheck. I can't even afford a single family residence, having to satisfy myself with a town home.
I was in a racial minority in elementary and high school (20% of my high school was White).
Translation: "I've been around a LOT of those brown people in my life, so I think that qualifies me as an expert on social policy with respect to managing the negro problem."
Another incorrect translation. I don't think there is even a Negro problem. The problem has to do with economic classes and cultural mentality, not race. My point was that I know what it's like being in a minority and being singled out because of my race. My point is that depending on where in the country you are, it might be Whites who are discriminated against instead of Blacks or Latinos.
My university was 51% White and had several public debates on how to get more minorities in student government
Translation: "I hope you'll ignore the fact that I haven't told you what proportion of the student government was white, and instead that you'll focus on the fact that I've claimed that fully 49% of the student body was brown at my college! Furthermore, I'll hope you don't ask me for any of the results of those public debates which probably found that there were systemic and social issues at my university that actively discouraged minorities from trying to participate in student government, and just let the domination of student government by white people continue by default. After all, it's not racist if the brown people chose not to participate in student government because they didn't have the time or resources to navigate the vast gauntlet of obstacles and hindrances the white people put in their way!"
Incorrect one more time. Asian does not equate to brown; Black doesn't equate to brown; not all Latinos are brown. You just set up straw man after straw man. You assume that Whites are to blame that so few Polynesians, Asians, and Latinos ran. You assume that it takes vast resources to run for a position in the student body government at a university. You assume there were obstacles which were designed to prevent non-Whites from running.
I have long stated that Affirmative Action is broken.
Translation: "When I get drunk, I secretly worry about how the brown people are getting really uppity. And I tell all my white friends repeatedly that I'm not racist at all, so there's no need for Affirmative Action anymore."
How many straw men can you construct in a single post? Firstly, I abstain from alcohol. Secondly, most of my friends are Polynesian and not White. Thirdly, race hasn't ever been an issue between my friends and I. I only talk race when one group or another cries out that they deserve special privileges based solely on race.
I applaud its desire to fix a real problem, but the net effect is reverse discrimination.
Translation: "I use Affirmative Action as a cornerstone of my justification for my racist behavior. And I make myself feel better about my racist behavior by reminding myself of all the really nice brown people I've known over the years, especially the ones who've given me great service in their dead-end minimum wage jobs."
Yet more wrong assumptions and straw men. I don't have racist behaviors nor thoughts. And you assume that more of my non-White friends ended up in dead-end minimum wage jobs than my White friends.
Best qualified is best qualified
Translation: "Best qualified is white middle class heterosexual males like me, but it's impolite to say it."
whether male, female, black, blue, brown, yellow, white, or orange.
Translation: "Black people love me, so I'm totally not racist. Look how diverse-minded I am - I'd even accept orange colored people at my company if they existed!"
It doesn't matter if Blacks love me or not; what counts is if I judge them based on race. If you believe that a Black needs special protection because of his race (eg. he can't succeed on his own merits), then YOU are the racist.
Here's the rub, chum: If you claim affirmative action is unnecessary, and merit is all that matters, then you are actively saying that the disproportionate representation of minorities means that somehow, by some mechanism, that minority is simply... incapable of producing the most meritorious candidates for the job. After all, if merit was all anybody considered, then we'd have a representative sampling of each minority in any given job, since minorities are equally capable of succeeding. Right?
WRONG. Not everyone desires any given job. Undocumented immigrants (I hate that term!) tend to do manual labor because those employers are less likely to verify the legality of their presence in the US.
Yet, disproportionate outcomes still happen in fact. There are two dimensions at play here:
1) Is the minority *capable* of producing the best candidates for a given job;
2) Is the minority *producing* the best candidates for a given job;
Your answer to #1 seems to be that, YES, of course minorities are capable of producing the best candidates for a given job. This leads to the second question, of whether or not a capable minority is, in fact, producing candidates who are "the best" for a given job.
So, if we say:
- Yes, a minority is capable of producing the best candidates, and Yes, a minority *is* producing the best candidates: affirmative action is absolutely an effective solution to the disproportionate representation in this scenario. The candidates are out there, and you have an affirmative duty to go find them.
Correlation does not equal causation.
- Yes, a minority is capable of producing the best candidates, and NO, a minority is NOT producing the best candidates: affirmative action may also be helpful here, because it's likely that a minority is suffering from some sort of disadvantaged status in terms of education, funding, opportunity, and affirmative action applied to the allocation of education, funding, and opportunities will help them produce their fair share of "best candidates."
This only holds with a victim mentality.
- No, a minority is incapable of producing the best candidates, then the answer to #2 can only be NO, they are not producing the best candidates. In this case, affirmative action is useless, because you will ONLY be selecting inferior candidates and there is never any hope that the situation will improve. And in this case, it's incumbent on you to demonstrate exactly why and how a minority is genetically disadvantages in such a way that they will never produce the best candidates.
So... affirmative action is useless. When can we expect to see your proof explaining exactly why and how minorities are genetically inferior to white people and should stop expecting to enjoy the same privileges white people do, since they're naturally incapable of rising to our highly-meritorious level?
More straw men, and completely opposite of my views. Never have I even hinted that "minorities are genetically inferior".