For all their talk about being “color-blind,” Democrats are some of the worst at being just not-that. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the great state of Mississippi, a state with a sordid past but one that has made great strides? Maybe it’s because I’ve turned my television off and haven’t been bombarded with all the hogwash for the last several years? I dunno what it is, but Obama’s latest announcement is just irritating.
Yes, I’m talking about his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. And before anyone goes there, this has nothing to do with her; I know nothing about her. And, an interesting side note at how a liberal media works: technically, she has been “nominated” by Obama. However, my local paper said “Obama named federal…” suggesting, of course, that it’s a done deal. While it may be a done deal because of the Democrat overload, it’s not yet.
But that’s not really the thing that bothered me. Again quoting my local paper: Obama “said a Hispanic on the court would mark another step toward the goal of ‘equal justice under law.'” Why? This is something I’ve never understood. Why not say that putting the most qualified person on the court would be step toward justice? Why suggest that just because she is Hispanic, things are suddenly set right?
I’ve always been one to believe that the best qualified applicant for a job should get the job, regardless of race, creed, sex, color, perfume, or shoe size. That’s why it really bothers me to read those equal opportunity lines in job announcements. You know, most of them read “women and persons of color encouraged to apply.” Why? Why not read “qualified applicants encouraged to apply regardless of race or sex?” As a white male, the first one makes me think they’ve got no interest in hiring me, even if I am the most qualified. If I’m not, I’m not. That’s the way it goes.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with and associate with folks of all flavors: black, white, Hispanic, Asian, European, Indian…and had the opportunity to teach students of all flavors: Russian, Japanese, India, Jordanian, Turkish, African, and others. I’ve found that people are people. Some from each group are smart folks…some not so much so. But that’s with each and every group.
I’ve always thought the quota system was a bad idea. However, if we’re going to use it, let’s be fair about it and use it universally. I mean, that’s what Affirmative Action is supposed to be about, right? Fairness. In that case, seeing as to how black Americans make up about 12% of the population and Hispanic Americans make up about 13% of the population, the NFL and NBA need to get to cutting some and hiring others. After all, it’s only fair…right?