There has been nothing more negative than “affirmative action.”
Most normies are generally OK with equality of opportunity, but once you start talking about equality of outcome that is a whole different ball game because then you are effectively heading towards some pretty sick, skull-strewn communist territory.
Nevertheless, under the heading “affirmative action” this evil idea has been part of the state ideology of the United States for at least the last few decades, leading to countless millions of university places and jobs going to the wrong people, all in the sacred names of “diversity” and “equality.”
Now, at last, it looks like affirmative action could be on its way out, with the Trump administration apparently directing the Department of Justice (DoJ) to investigate and sue universities over “affirmative action” admissions policies that racially discriminate against White and Asian applicants.
The New York Times is claiming that a document it obtained shows that the civil rights division of the DoJ is seeking lawyers interested in working on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”
This basically means that universities ignoring objective criteria like test scores to bolster their “diversity quotient” through admitting lesser qualified Black, Latino, or whatever students could face punishing sanctions.
Of course, this is not just a legal issue but also a cultural one, as Liberals and leftists simply have a different way of looking at the world and have blind faith in something called the “legacy of slavery/racism.” So, even where there is no externally measurable element of discrimination, Blacks and Latinos (but strangely not Jews or Asians) are “unfairly” held back by an invisible hand, and therefore need to be helped up by the other groups being penalized and downgraded. How very, very affirmative!
Some conservatives have even been persuaded that this is the case. However, most normal Americans resent the obvious double standard that “affirmative action” has created, so Trump’s policy, if and when it is rolled out, would prove to be a vote winner.
In the past, the Supreme Court has given conflicting rulings on affirmative action. The basic position is that race-based discrimination is unconstitutional, so Leftists and Cuckservatives on the Supreme Court have had to find other ways to protect it; for example, ruling that universities can use some “affirmative action” to create diverse student bodies because “educational benefits” flow from having a diverse student body. Yes, having Black kids organizing a #BLM protest in the library just before finals must be a real godsend!
This argument is obviously a weak one, and strong counter arguments can be used against it, such as the argument that affirmative action merely heightens racial consciousness, creates Black and Latino privilege, and worsens race relations, in effect, perpetuating the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow rather than ameliorating it.
Of course, America will never truly get to a post-racial, race-blind society until it moves the various races out of actual eyeshot of each other, but the effort will be made. One of the things that will have to be sacrificed in the great attempt is affirmative action. It should be fun watching how this plays out.