Affirmative action is like nepotism: You end up with more unqualified people, and the qualified employees have to live 24 x 7 x 365 with people — including themselves — wondering if they are really there on their merits. I feel sorry for the qualified minorities hired under Affirmative Action programs. They can’t just enjoy what they do, they have live with everyone wondering if they really deserved the job.
Then there is the injustice to the more qualified candidates that don’t get hired. And the customers and citizens subjected to substandard service or even unsafe conditions (in the cases of emergency responders). Everyone loses. Affirmative Action may have had a benefit at a point in time, but it has long outlived its usefulness.
In a free market, the bigots will lose. You want to be stupid and not hire great employees just because they are black, or female, or whatever? Great! I’ll hire them and kick your company’s butt because I’ll have the best and brightest on my side. Just look at the history of how college football became integrated. The more schools like Alabama got whipped by teams with great black players, the less racist their recruiting practices got. Go figure. And the athletes didn’t have to wonder if they were selected on their merits. Blacks compete very well in athletics and entertainment, two of the most brutally competitive fields. Don’t insult them and other minorities by saying they can’t compete in education and business.
A controversy over cupcakes is heating up at UC Berkeley in California, where campus Republicans are planning to hold an affirmative action bake sale on Tuesday.
At the sale, white men will be charged $2 for a baked good, Asians will pay $1.50, Latinos $1, African-Americans 75 cents and 25 cents for Native Americans, KGO-TV reported.
Women will get a 25 cent discount.
“The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset,” Campus Republican president Shawn Lewis told the TV station. “But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions.”
The Campus Democrats immediately slammed the sale, which Lewis said is meant to take a stand against an affirmative action-like bill for the University of California system that is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
On Friday, the student newspaper reported that the student government could vote to defund the Republican group over the bake sale. A hearing is scheduled for Sunday on the fiery issue.
What a shocker: The majority Left can’t take the sting of satire so they have to use their power to oppress free speech.