McCain Woos The Ladies | Main | Freeze for upper Michigan. Al Gore sighted in vicinity.
August 25, 2008

Race Worriers: An Obama Presidency Might Be the End of Racial Preferences

I'm fairly certain that Ace has written about this topic before. Still, the article in the N.Y. Times is worth a minute:

They fear that growing numbers of white voters and policy makers will decide that eradicating racial discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity have largely been done.

"I worry that there is a segment of the population that might be harder to reach, average citizens who will say: 'Come on. We might have a black president, so we must be over it,' " said Mr. Harrison, 59, a sociologist at Howard University and a consultant for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies here.

"That is the danger, that we declare victory," said Mr. Harrison, who fears that poor blacks will increasingly be blamed for their troubles. "Historic as this moment is, it does not signify a major victory in the ongoing, daily battle."

This is the paradox of the successful social activist. As they get closer to achieving their goal, it becomes relatively less important that they do so. Other issues become more pressing and crowd out the attention and the money that activists depend on.

Of course, there are a few assumptions at work here. First, it is an uncompromising article of faith for civil rights activists that there will always be racism and racial discrimination. It simply will not end, ever. More than that, as far as they are concerned any amount of racism and racial discrimination justifies government intervention in the form of remedial racial preferences and quotas. (Just ignore the ironic dissonance, of course.)

Try to convince them that racial discrimination against minorities isn't so pervasive as to require legislative and judicial contortions to create and maintain state-supported racial discrimination against other groups and you will hear a lot of hemming and hawing and "We're just not there yet." And my suggestion is that you wear a rain slicker if you want to argue that class discrimination is a more destructive problem than race discrimination these days.

Second, and more troubling, is the assumption made about the goal of these activists. Most say the point is to end racism and racial discrimination. But too often it appears that the actual goal is to get as many benefits as possible for minority groups. Racism is simply a handy excuse to demand more attention, more payouts, and more preferences. In fact, these aren't social activists at all. They are lobbyists masquerading as civil rights defenders. These are the folks who turned the idea of a color-blind society into a punchline.

An Obama presidency, or even just his nomination and candidacy, should be seen as a victory for racial equality. If activists are worrying over just how invisible racial discrimination has become then it is time to man up and declare victory. Yes, it will be a change to not be part of a super-special, jump-to-the-front-of-the-line group, but wasn't that the whole point? God willing, at some point the modern civil rights movement will wake up and realize not just that everyone is equal, but that everyone deserves to be treated equally.


digg this
posted by Gabriel Malor at 11:21 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
rickl: "There's a candy manufacturer near me, Stutz Candy, ..."

All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes: "I ordered a copy as a gift for someone. Bluebel ..."

chavez the hugo: "792: satin dolls. ..."

Bertram Cabot, Jr.: "Chicken of the C Corp. ..."

Anon a mouse: "So what is Charity's real name, " Tiffany. ..."

sock_rat_eez[/i][/b][/u][/s]: "Tami - I remember that fondue place; out west on P ..."

lin-duh: "So what is Charity's real name, and what club does ..."

buzzion: "So what is Charity's real name, and what club does ..."

Anon a mouse: "Seasoned beef in sauce with cornmeal = chili. Ev ..."

KT: "Sees Candies bought the patent for a black walnut ..."

Insomniac - Nobody in Particular: "C corp. C corp run. Run C corp run. ..."

Weasel: "le do... (joking) Posted by: lin-duh at December ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64