Thursday, August 02, 2007

Obama post edit re: affirmative action

Here's a correction of the below post. Looking it over again I realized that I hadn't fully responded to Obama's statement regarding affirmative action.

"My daughters should probably be treated by any admissions officer as folks who are pretty advantaged," he said. "I think that we should take into account white kids who have been disadvantaged and have grown up in poverty and shown themselves to have what it takes to succeed.".

Well, you're daughter's rich. Shown to have what it takes to succeed? Do you realize how many kids automatically go to college because their parents are upper middle class? But the poor, oh, they have to prove themselves in ways that these people don't experience because the poor are suspect of being lazy. Beyond that, the point of minority under representation in both college admissions and in government contracts isn't just about economic status. Presumably, if a government contractor hires a minority owned firm that firm isn't going to be poor. The same thing with government hiring. Despite what critics say, if you get to a point in civil service where you're applicable for affirmative action programs you aren't going to be totally unqualified. But what's identified as affirmative action in the presentation the public gets is college admissions only.

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