By using the very definition of Racism, I ask how anyone can honestly support Affermitve action and "diversity enhancement" programs.
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
I ask this in light of the up comming election because Senator Kerry supports such and President Bush isn't very keen on them. Its one of the more clear difference between the two parties as a whole.
I am a student of MLKJr.: "Judge a man on the merits of his Character, not the color of his skin"
I try to live by those words, and nothing gets my blood boiling more then to hear Republicans called racist... for not supporting programs that are inherintly racist.
The true problems that lie at the root of society, poor education, poverty and the like, cannot be solved by programs that ignore these issues in favor giving special treatment to minorites. Its an insult to every man woman and child in America to say that a black person cannot achieve without assistance from a government program.
My favorite example of this is a little scenario I put together, yeah its a tad simplified but its a pretty good example of how damaging "diversity" and "Affirmitive Action" is in real life.
You and your good friend Pam start high school, you work your TAIL off, Straight A's Honor Roll, advance classess, the whole shabang. Pam on the other hand, coasts through HS with a B average at best. Pams a "minority" doesn't matter what minority you pick, any. Your parents are middle class, there is no difference aside your skin color between you.
You both apply to the "Big University" because you both want to pursue the same degree, and Big U is the best in the country for that degree. You are denied, she gets in, WITH a scholarship....
How do you feel the next day, the next week?
Take it the next step, you both graduate, you went to the next best school for the degree, you graduate top honors, she graduates with average grades. You both want to work for Company X. Cause company X is hot hiring people with your degree, they pay weel, benifits are top notch. You both are in the running, but you are told "Sorry, you aren't what we are looking for" she gets the job.
Now how do you feel? You end up taking a job with Company Y, less pay, lower benifits... 8 years of hard work for nothing because the government has pushed "diversity" and you aren't the right color.
Well lets take this just one more step.
Company X buys out Company Y, and you and Pam work together for the next five years, your both high up, but the person just above you retires. The company decides to look in house for a replacement. Its between you, Pam and two others. You know you put in the extra hours, work harder, you had brought in more business whatever... you know, everyone knows oyu are the more qualified all around.
She gets the job, privatly, you are told that the Government had come by a month before and complained that the board room lacked "diversity"
Pam's got the big corner office, the 6 figure income... your hard work for the last 18 YEARS is all for naught, because you lack the right skin color.
Thats diversity in action.
Racist buisnesses, schools and institutions CAN be delt with, punished, and they SHOULD BE, at every wrong turn. But punishing or rewarding someone based on thier skin color is IMHO evil to its core.