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(Some Guy)   Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, 2006: "Affirmative action today, tomorrow and forever." George Wallace, 1963: "Segregation now, tomorrow and forever." And the politics of race goes on   (opinionjournal.com) divider line
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316 clicks; posted to Politics » on 02 May 2006 at 9:58 PM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2006-05-02 6:54:48 PM  
"There will be affirmative action here today," Kilpatrick said. "There will be affirmative action here tomorrow and there will be affirmative action in our state forever."



Because as we all know, the best way to end racial discrimination is to discriminate based on skin color!

Oh, wait....
 
2006-05-02 7:12:10 PM  
whadda loon.

More curious is Kilpatrick's choice of slogans. "Bring it on"? That's how losers talk. (w/ link to john kerry)

i don't know which i find goofier, the author - or the topic.
 
2006-05-02 7:58:26 PM  
This puts Kilpatrick at odds with the U.S. Supreme Court, which, although it approved some of the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), also stated that "25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary." That deadline is now only 22 years, one month and three weeks away.

Thomas and Scalia harped on this fact in their dissents in those cases -- I wonder why O'Connor even put a qualification like that in her opinion. It's as if she was saying "this ruling is only good for 25 years". Considering the expected rightward shift of the court, looks like affirmative action only has a limited shelf life
 
2006-05-02 8:11:32 PM  
Kilpatrick is a glorious cockbite who needs to die in a fire.
 
2006-05-02 8:16:27 PM  


--Booker T. Washington, 1911

STFU, Kwame. Why don't you GBTW on reducing the murder rate in your city?
 
2006-05-02 8:17:34 PM  
/let me try that again

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."

--Booker T. Washington, 1911

STFU, Kwame. Why don't you GBTW on reducing the murder rate in your city?
 
2006-05-02 9:36:47 PM  
By saying 'affirmative action forever' aren't you just admitting its never going to solve the problem its supposed to solve?
 
2006-05-02 10:34:44 PM  
goatleggedfellow just owned Detroit
 
2006-05-02 11:34:28 PM  
Did we really need the reference explained to us?

It wasn't particularly clever...
 
2006-05-02 11:38:42 PM  
affirmative action is kinda like a neck brace. we need it right now, but we're clearly not supposed to be using it in perpetuity.
 
2006-05-03 9:16:46 AM  
Remeber, Affirmative Action is necessary because we all know that there are no black people who can get a job without it. /sarcasm

You know, AA is a crutch. At some point in time, you're gonna have to learn to stand on your own without it.
 
2006-05-03 1:38:42 PM  
submitter clearly wants a dogfight...
 
2006-05-03 3:37:41 PM  
Whatever happened to judging a man based on the content of his character?

Live the dream...by giving in to AA folks are saying that they are second class citizens.

People who are exceptional on their own will no doubt have more fulfilling lives than those who seek assistance and don't need it. People rise up above their environments all the time and I doubt that successes are taking place because of AA.

-TLAY
 
2006-05-03 11:39:11 PM  
First of all Kwame needs to create these jobs where AA is even an issue.
 
2006-05-04 1:00:50 AM  
Ok, I know I'm going to regret even joining this discussion, but consider this. Affirmative action is not exclusively about eliminating job discrimination, although that is a large part of its intention. The real issue it is addressing is the massive economic disparity between minorities and whites in America. It has been shown time and again, that children of affluent parents are more likely to be affluent themselves. This is primarily because of the access to good schools, and stable community and homelife that affluence provides.

The simple fact is until there are significantly more college educated minorities competing for jobs in America, there will be no economic parity between races. Affirmative Action is an effective tool for ensuring that qualified minority candidates have fair access to good paying jobs, which in turn leads to more affluent minorities, ergo, ultimately more college educated minorities able to compete for jobs. At which point, AA will no longer be needed.
 
2006-05-04 1:05:49 AM  
tlay: People rise up above their environments all the time and I doubt that successes are taking place because of AA.

Such idealism... In a perfect world people would be able to rise according to their own merit. Unfortunately, minorities are at a significant disadvantage because of poverty and pervasive white privilege. It's like taking to equally good runners and handing one of them 20 lb barbells and telling them both to race the 100m. Who do you think is going to win?
 
2006-05-04 1:06:31 AM  
^"Two" equally good runners
 
2006-05-04 1:06:08 PM  
Willie_The_Pimp: So why not educate the hell out of the black populus. I'd would support spending discusting amounts of money of education for all. but yet we still have a system dispite "integrated schools" Where black people goes to poor black schools and white people go to rich while schools.

But forcing someone to hire based on color is disturbing, as is not being able to get an education just because your white.
 
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