Affirmative Action President
July 15, 2010 13 Comments
A striking claim from Barry O’Bama’s wife.
The First Lady said that her husband’s presidency had been made possible by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) and urged the group to "increase its intensity".
I’m not sure that’s really to his credit, is it, dear?
The specific quote referred to is this:
So I know that I stand here today, and I know that my husband stands where he is today, because of this organization — (applause) — and because of the struggles and the sacrifices of all those who came before us.
But I also know that their legacy isn’t an entitlement to be taken for granted. And I know it is not simply a gift to be enjoyed. Instead, it is an obligation to be fulfilled.
One can argue about whether my post’s title – affirmative action – is fair, but I’m sure I’d like to think, in Barry’s shoes, that I became president on my own merit, and on that of my platform and activists, not because of my skin colour.
Her next comment in that speech is also interesting:
And when so many of our children still attend crumbling schools, and a black child is still far more likely to go to prison than a white child, I think the founders of this organization would agree that our work is not yet done. (Applause.)
Now then, disproportionate numbers of blacks in prison? There are two things the USA needs to do to fix that:
- Abandon such counterproductive policies as the 3-strikes law and mandatory minimum sentences, both of which have been shown to disproportionately impact on blacks.
- Abandon the war on drugs – look at how many people are imprisoned for drug offences, and look how many of those are black.
See? I iz sociologist.