bobsheridan at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 28 02:17:27 PST 2006
Many of the immigrant groups in America can point to a long history of
having been victimized in their homeland and of being made to feel
unwelcome here through bias, prejudice, and all sorts of
discrimination. Many have succeeded, nevertheless, in competing
successfully while maintaining their group identity. Few had the
benefit (?) of a program of affirmative action. They were in fact left
to sink or swim. They take pride in having overcome adversity. They
seem stronger for it.
To the extent that AA survives, it may be self-defeating for the
minority it is supposed to benefit, for it proclaims the members of that
group as victims. You don't want to be a victim. You want to be a
person who overcomes adversity and is stronger for it. AA is training
wheels for people who don't need it. At some point one needs to ride w/o
the unnecessary support, which only invites ridicule and hostility.
It seems to me that there must be all sorts of ways, some discussed
here, of encouraging those who want to compete better, to do so. I
don't think we've exhausted the list of possible ideas, and suggest that
all the effort, energy, and rancor devoted to the legitimacy, or not, of
AA, might be better devoted to exploring other ways of general
application that don't discriminate among group members. To the extent
that these require government support, well and good. Government could
rightfully help show the way to a brighter future for all citizens, not
just those of particular groups, and it would be a worthwhile project to
come up with useful proposals toward this end. AA seems to draw
attention away from such efforts, which can hardly be a good thing.
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