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Should Blacks Have Special Privileges? Part 1

Published Nov 21, 2005

There would be a scream to high heaven if I asked if there should be special privileges for Whites. No fair person would say that should be true. To be honest, white people have had it better and easier than people of color until recent years, and people of color have had to work harder and smarter to stay even with Whites.

However, today people who usually make sense are talking nonsense when they demand special treatment for Blacks because of mistreatment in the past. This is called “affirmative action,” but it is really reverse discrimination.

However, today people who usually make sense are talking nonsense when they demand special treatment for Blacks because of mistreatment in the past. This is called “affirmative action,” but it is really reverse discrimination.

This nation should reward achievement and do its best to encourage ambition in every sector of life. But, there is a hue and cry from the “knee-jerk” liberals throughout the land to reward the under-qualified and under-achiever and to do so at the expense of the more qualified. I tend to believe that the hue and cry has been raised by those who have a vested interest in reverse discrimination.
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Former Detroit’s mayor, Coleman Young candidly said, “The master and the slave cannot unite. It takes special steps to bring the slave up, then they can unite as equals….Some people say affirmative action is discrimination in reverse. You are d___ right, the only way to handle discrimination is to reverse it.”

If the mayor appeared to be a black bigot, at least he was an honest bigot. I reminded the mayor in a column that Blacks are no longer slaves and have not been for over a  hundred years!
         
The Detroit News asked in an unsigned editorial: “How can society remedy economic injustice in a constitutional manner and without creating a new injustice? To reverse the blade of discrimination and cut down whites, as blacks were cut down in the past, is retribution–not a solution.”
         
That is exactly correct. If discrimination against Blacks was wrong fifty years ago (and it was) then discrimination against Whites is wrong today. I have never had that statement rebutted by any of the liberals I have debated on the subject.
         
I was challenged to a debate at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana on the subject of affirmative action because of a bill I had introduced in the Indiana House of Representatives. I debated Dr. William Marsh (a white man), professor of law at Indiana University Law School in Bloomington, and Reginald Bishop, a black columnist for the Indianapolis News.
        
I asked Bishop how long America would have to give special treatment to Blacks to atone for past discrimination of them. He answered, “two hundred years.” I laughed at him.
        
Many people who usually make sense are talking nonsense when they demand special treatment for Blacks because of mistreatment in the past. I am called a racist because I believe in equal treatment for everyone regardless of color, and people like Bishop appear as champions of civil rights!
       
A black preacher friend of mine who is critical of the NAACP said, “Why can’t we have an organization known as the National Association for the Advancement of People? After all, I’m people.” That‘s right. If all people are advanced, then Blacks will be advanced.
       
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supposed to guarantee that people would no longer be discriminated against because of race or color. Finally, the law would be color-blind. Questions on job applications indicating race and national origin were now illegal. Children would not be placed in schools according to color. This was supposed to be a major victory for all men and a giant step toward equality. From now on merit and ability would be the criteria for advancement. Alas, that was not to be.

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