Comments on the Affirmative Action Debate; By Guest Blogger Clay Troxell

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Affirmative Action  by Clay Troxell

Many years ago when I worked for a large corporation, I was introduced to the term “Affirmative Action”. The company required that everyone attend courses on AA, which were presented by outside businesses. Invariably, the instructors were black and usually men.  After reflecting on the course’s objectives, I first was content with what was said. However, some time later, I began to question the fairness and presumptions in AA.

Affirmative Action was made “law” by executive order in 1961 by President Kennedy to help minorities obtain employment. Past discriminatory practices such as Jim Crow laws (“separate but equal” decisions by southern states) first implemented after the civil war had made it extremely difficult for blacks to achieve economic success. President Lyndon Baines Johnson issued a new executive order in 1965 to extend AA to women. An excerpt from EO #11246 reads as follows:

The contractor will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The contractor will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Such action shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment, upgrading, demotion, or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship.

It’s been 50 years since Affirmative Action was put into practice. Perhaps it was the right step to take in 1961, although that is debatable. It is time to end AA, which has in some cases resulted in quotas in industry and lower standards for minorities and women for admittance into institutions of higher learning.

One of the problems with Affirmative Action is that it is “affirmative” for some but discriminatory for others, especially white males.  It should be obvious that if two people of different ethnicity or gender apply for a job and if one is given special consideration just because of his or her birth characteristics, the other person is at a sharp disadvantage. Discrimination is wrong when perpetrated against blacks or whites. Stereotyping people based on their color or gender or ethnicity is anti-American. Are all white people racists? Are all white men to blame for past injustices committed against others? The answer of course is “no.”

Affirmative Action for some is Negative Action for others. AA is thus not benign. But discrimination is not the only difficulty with AA.  When minorities or women are hired, promoted, or admitted into college, AA engenders skepticism and even anger amongst their peers or fellow students.  This can be unfair to the very people who may have achieved their success without the help of AA. AA is not only discriminatory, it is also therefore perpetuates misunderstanding and unspoken distrust.

There are many outstanding African-Americans who have insisted that AA is harmful and unnecessary. Ward Connerly has labored incessantly to end minority and gender preferences in state hiring and college admissions. He is the man most responsible for California’s Proposition #209, which is anti-AA, and was passed by the electorate with 55% of the vote. Other influential African-American opponents of AA include Walter E Williams (author of “Race and Economics – How much can be Blamed on Discrimination”), Star Parker (activist and author of “Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It”), and Thomas Sowell(economist and author of “The Quest for Cosmic Justice” and well as many other books dealing with race relations.)

Of course Affirmative Action has a political appeal that has been championed by liberals and Democrats. Democrats promote victim-hood to gain votes and therefore are adamantly opposed to ending AA. Democratic leaders want to keep blacks and Hispanics on their political “plantation”, forever enslaved to the idea that minorities are incapable of making it on their own. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “he longed for the day when people would be judged by their character and not their color.” (my paraphrase). That day could be here if it were not for programs like AA which divide us by race and gender.

It’s time to end Affirmative Action and to de-emphasize hyphenated terms like African-American.  Color does not make the Man. We are all Americans. Let’s start acting that way.

Clay Troxell



5 Responses

  1. corrected comment, replaces the previous one.

    Clay Troxell,

    As a woman coming of age in 1960 when a married woman had to get permission from her husband for medical procedures (like she was nothing more than chattel), I happen to disagree with you since you left out so much.

    As anyone can see in Arizona, it is a backwater state that is still living with outdated laws and prejudices of the ’30′s. Arizona is a state where women have no say but instead are “used” as they always were — in politics as “puppets”, in marriage as subservient to the “man”, single and divorced women treated as nothing more than someone to be discarded, where the churches turn their backs on anything but “marriage” and the nuclear family while tens of thousands of children live homeless on the streets and over 50% of families are divorced facing further destruction and very much at risk in a state with this mindset.

    A simple example: Where those in control would deny birth control for women yet fund “viagra” for MEN, then nothing has changed and now more than ever there is a need for affirmative action.

    Since there is great inequality in Arizona that has NOT come into the 21st century — it is not time to end affirmative action. Arizona needs to move into the 21st century.

  2. Master Troxell,

    Your application for Goodyear Police Chief is late. I’m sure the council will find a management position for you. Your ‘hood’ and Pebblecreek pass are being delivered.

    When was the last time you saw a black or asian at a Goodyear City Council meeting or public hearing? Welcome to Goodyear, AZ.

  3. Master Troxell, So YOU think affirmative action needs to be ended…. this agency run by the “good ole white boys”, former secret service..

    “A look at the secretive world of air marshals” – CBS News

    For what it’s worth. You are dead wrong.

  4. Affirmative Action can be put on the shelf when black and Hispanic unemployment is as low as it is for whites, and when women are paid the same as men for comparable work.

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