Posted on | September 30, 2012 | 12 Comments
In court briefs, the Obama administration has backed the University of Texas’s right to run its affirmative action program. It’s being challenged by Abigail Fisher, a white undergraduate applicant who was denied admission. But Obama aides have a history of being skittish about getting publicly enmeshed in debates over race — and education-related affirmative action in particular.
A federal government policy statement on the use of race in education languished in protracted interagency debates until last December.
“It took three long years to pull that policy out of the Obama administration. It was only after we pestered and cajoled them that they finally got it out,” John Brittain, a civil rights activist and law professor at the University of the District of Columbia, said in an interview soon after the document was released. “The administration had a paralysis of analysis. …. Overall, the Obama administration just has a reluctance to take on race and equality, and when they do so everything is so carefully sanitized and scrubbed to make sure it’s the least offensive thing possible.”
This blog would like to suggest that Romney say something like:
“Racism is intolerable, and antithetical to the liberty upon which this country was founded. Sure, you can point to where the reality took time to catch up to the ideal, but that does not negate the ideal itself. In contrast, Affirmative Action is to liberty what the Hammurabi Code is to vision and dental health; great work if you’re an optometrist or dentist, but cui bono, other than bureaucrats?
A Romney Administration would seek to eliminate all federal Affirmative Action legislation. It is fundamentally wrong for a taxpayer of Asian extraction to fund a system that may be used against that taxpayer. Liberty and meritocracy are essential to who we are as Americans, and continuing to fund systems used by the likes of Elizabeth Warren to tilt the game in her favor is just false.”
I submit that such a statement would be worth 2-3% on election day.