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Race-Based Affirmative Action Sends Wrong Message

Race-Based Affirmative Action Sends Wrong Message

Last week the Supreme Court heard the affirmative action case Fisher v. Texas. It is the case in which Abigail Fisher alleges she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she is white. Just this week there was an uproar over a controversial academic initiative in which Florida passed a plan for race-based academic goals.

The University of Texas is arguing the need for equity, based on what amounts to reverse discrimination, while Florida argues their race-based educational plan will improve the test scores of children whose parents and teachers have failed them.

Learning is not intended to be a color-coded industry; it is intended to be a goal oriented-industry.

Not only do I find neither argument persuasive–I find both arguments insulting, dehumanizing and taxpayer-funded portals to continued failure, seasoned with a perpetuated lack of personal responsibility and accountability.

Even more egregious, I find it an indictment of the education system and those responsible for the academic attainment of those they are charged with educating.

Learning is not intended to be a color-coded industry; it is intended to be a goal oriented-industry. The goal of said industry is to ensure that children learn commensurate with their ability through the combined efforts of parents and teachers.

It is unforgivable in the year 2012 that a University would bend the bar to the breaking point to accept Miss Fisher if she were a male capable of scoring touchdowns, hitting home runs, making lay-ups and/or shooting three-pointers from 20 feet. But because she is a female academician she was denied admission based on the institution’s failed belief that the University will benefit from students of color academically unprepared to excel. While Florida believes they can mask the failure of parents and their public schools by setting test scores based on color of skin and ethnicity.

America has had the good sense and moral decency to overcome the most heinous of civic injustices, and yet after those things the very institutions our future is most dependent on go out of their way to retard growth and undermine achievement.

Nothing is achieved by lowering standards and punishing success predicated on race-based antediluvian mores. It is morally opprobrious that the system intended for all to use as the tool for success is being used to perpetuate the racist myth of a past zeitgeist that contended blacks did not have the intellectual capacity to achieve academically.

It is even more of an injustice that those race-mongers who are quick to blame the white man for the failure of blacks refuse to recognize academic bigotry when it stares them in the face.

It takes less to study and learn math, reading and science than it takes to train and memorize a football playbook. Yet blacks who can excel at learning complex football playbooks are told they are not capable of learning on a level that prepares them to do more than finish at the bottom of their class or drop out of school.

I grew up poor. My mother scrubbed floors, but my not doing well in school was not an option. She concentrated her energies on sitting with me every night after school teaching me arithmetic, reading and spelling. My cousins and I challenged one another with word games and the books we read. I grew up with a thirst for knowledge instilled by a mother who had only an eighth-grade education.

Neither I nor my son’s mother were too busy to invest our time in his learning. We took day trips to historical sites; we visited museums and read books to him and with him. He and I still reminisce about my reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” to him when he was three-years old. When he was nine-years old he read Tolkien’s Trilogy. He, like his mother and I, grew up in a home where the pursuit of learning was paramount. Our discussions with him focused on things that would prepare him for the future and inspire his intellectual curiosity.

But today there is an acceptance, indeed, there is a rebellion against the demand for high expectations and a willful capitulation to lowering same. I receive mail from people who are annoyed that I use words like “invidious” and “specious.” Last week Charles Butler, a black talk-show host, became so incensed with my objections to race-based affirmative action that, after shouting at the top of his voice during my on-air appearance on his show, he hung up on me.

I ask you–who is it that suffers the most from the aforementioned mentality? How am I harmed by those who ridicule me because I have grammatical skills that are also readily available to them? What did Butler’s vitriol tell those he supposedly was trying to enlighten?

It is criminally unjust to send an unambiguous message to children, black children specifically, that they are being advanced and that they are gaining admission to universities not based on meritocracy, but based on the color of their skin. What does it do to a people to tell them that the color of their skin renders them incapable of achieving, based on their applying the discipline necessary to do same? It sends the message that they do not need to work hard or apply themselves to achieve, and it ingrains the mentality that anything they are not given is because someone else (read white man) is holding them back. And sadly, in a perverse way, they are right. They are being held back. They are being held back by a system designed to foster said mindset.

This is the most grievous form of racism. It is a form of racism that America should have the good sense and decency to realize is responsible for making a large segment of the populace underachievers and wards of the government. But, then again, maybe that’s their goal.

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  3. Faye Lemke Hamilton October 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    If someone told me my child is not expected to learn as much as some other kids because they are different colors, I would be insulted. Every Black and Hispanic should be outraged at Florida's race based academic goals. They are selling your children short.

  4. Joan from Dallas October 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    About UT Austin…My senior son is applying at colleges for next fall. The schools now use the VERY SAME application info when applying for scholarships as applying for financial aide. All personal financial info is required, which tells me he has a snowballs chance in hell of getting a scholarship or financial aide I get alimony. I believe even these will be given out based on race or income.Whites will be denied both scholarships and loans, which means less white kids will go to college. Sound ike a plan to me.

  5. Joan from Dallas October 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    First, your mother was a good parent and wanted you to do better than her; I applaud that because,as a single mom, I know how hard it is to raise kids, two boys in my case, without a father present in the home. Like you, my father didn’t graduate high school and always worked but never made more than $30,000 in a year. Not much for a family of four even in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. He never spoke to us about going to college but both of us did. I worked two jobs to pay for my own education while I was going t school, AND paid for my own birth control!

    While I’m searching for full time work, I’m working at a High School as a substitute teacher for $10 an hour. Wow am I getting an education on the degradation of public education. My school is supposedly high performing. Some classes are. But here’s the thing…many are so bad due to the teachers inability to teach, lack of student respect for teachers, and the absolute entitlement attitude that they should get A’s without working.

    More and more minority students who have no interest in learning and have a hoodster attitude. Many foreign students don’t know the concept of sitting down and shutting up and the teachers let them get away with it. No one seems to care.

    Get this…now if a student is found cheating on a test…they get to retake the test the following day in ISS!!! When I asked about this policy I was told they can’t accurately assess a students talents unless they get to take the test! What the??? And every kid I’ve caught cheating is Indian or Asian. I’m sick of it. The entire culture is corrupted by immigrants where cheating is part of their cultre. They do nt understand they are in OUR CULTURE NOW.

    Also, many Mexicans do not teach their children English. Some have told me that THEY DON’T HAVE TO LEARN ENGLISH BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY IS BILINGUAL. Their children start school with a trememdous disadvantage. And since they don’t speak the language, they can’t help their children. And the cycle goes on and on…

  6. C. Lee October 18, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    As a Caucasian woman, I am equally proud of my grandson with black skin and his sister with pink skin and red hair. They adore each other. When I showed pictures of them to friends at church, my very P.C. pastor commented, “Hmmm, African American.” My response was that they are both ALL AMERICAN kids, both are exceptionally smart, and both are good kids. They should be afforded equal opportunities to learn, and if they apply themselves, they will achieve whatever goals they seek. Neither child should be given advantage over others based merely on his/her skin color, but rather receive whatever rewards may be the result of their own hard work. Skin color is not determinative of intellect or ambition.

  7. Marilyn October 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    You, Mychal, just proved that it begins with family values as to how each child develops and progresses. It does take at least one good parent/guardian to emphasize the importance of education and human civility to be a productive person in society. But, this case of raising the bar for “certain students” seems the wrong direction to take. If a surgeon is going to perform surgery on me, I want the best! Not someone who barely made it through medical school.

  8. Robyn Janelle Parker October 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    AWESOME..WELL DONE, MM.

  9. Chris October 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Amen, Mychal! For the life of me, I can’t understand why more Black people aren’t incensed over these two situations!! Remember back in the 90’s during the Clinton years, there was a brouhaha over the educational system overhaul from the “3 R’s” to a more outcome-based format. While I don’t have kids in school, as a taxpayer whose money funds these lamebrained ideas, I still pay close attention. After almost 20 years of this, it seems out graduates are more dumbed down than ever-I see grads coming to my bank employer & they have no idea how to fill out a deposit slip! Don’t ask about keeping a register…
    I find it interesting from the time of Clinton onward-the word “Hope” has been part of the Democrat lexicon. The video during the DNC in which Clinton was nominated the first time “The man from Hope (AR)”, his professor (and mentor)Carroll Quigley wrote a book called “Tragedy and Hope” – a very revealing memoir about the globalists plans, then BHO comes along w/ ‘Hope & Change’. Well, they’ve turned everything they get their grubby hands on to hopeless.

  10. Cathy Brunicardi October 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Brilliant commentary and indictment of skin color based educational goals.

  11. Gary Thomsen October 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Recently a city near us had a problem; not enough students were taking the ACT to keep the feds happy. The scores were ok, just not the recommended percentage taking the test. A big push was made by the school administrators to get more students to take the test, and it worked. The percentage of test-takers rose significantly. Only one problem; the test scores dropped as the testees increased. Guess what the feds are complaining about now? As you stated, Mychal, children have to be inspired to learn and expected to learn. Wonder what would happen if only students with acceptable grades were eligible to participate in sports, free lunches and other “acceptable” programs?

  12. Anonymous October 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    This President, wife, and administration should be held accountable for the divisions, these are the groupies that are pushing the race and class war. Playing the victim card and people falling into the victim mode is destructive to integrity, and ambitions. When a person starts thinking they're a victim they become one. Our wonderful country is becoming a country of citizens of "I Can't" which means I won't. This opens the door and creates the opportunity for tyranny.
    The education system mediocrity has become the rule of thumb, altering test scores has not helped; not holding parents and teachers accountable — parents NEED to be active in their children's lives, the Unions need to step out of the way of holding teachers accountable; I could go on and on. The whole system has been dummied down. It is time to move back to the age of accountability and go beyond color, instead of the race or class card shouldn't we pushing for the ACHIEVEMENT CARD, giving every child and adult the opportunity to meet the challenges, to overcome and reach the level of success each person seeks, giving a sense of pride! Isn't this the fun part of life, to learn, to overcome, to achieve, to be oneself, not just a gender, a color, a social class but a person who does the best they can and be rewarded for it…. I'm so sick and tired of the tirades coming out of the WH and DC, they need to get out of the way of the citizens and stop pushing for tyranny. COME BACK, AMERICA, wake up before it is too late and we loose the RIGHTS of choice.

  13. Robert N. Schick October 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Brilliant commentary…As a Teachers aid I've seen many Black kids do as well or better than any other Kid..especially when they are in Home where the parents…Mom and Dad are giving them the Love and guidance to achieve in school….A Black Kid from my hometown became an Astronaut…

  14. Ben October 17, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Excellent article. The social engineers are creating a society where victimization is used to champion any idea that will bring society down to the lowest common denominator.

    As they succeed they can create whole classes of people who, because of their ignorance or stupidity, are able to scream from the halls of victimization and raise themselves to a level of false “sophistication” which only their ignorance can believe.

    Can society survive another generation of social planners at the helm?

  15. Vickie Benefield October 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Amen, Mr. Massie! I agree with you 100% Why can't we have equal goals for all of our children? Just go for EXCELLENCE for all! Will it be hard? You bet, but this country was founded on hard! We have dumbed all of our children down to a level that is insulting, and now we are to do it once again? We are not headed in the right direction! We are insulting EVERYONE's intelligence by lowering the bar for ANYONE. Raise the bar for all! Don't know the answers? Study harder! I often wondered why some of my classmates were so much smarter than I, and the answer was not the color of their skin, but the content of their character and their parents' character. It was the character of the teacher! Let's put the burden on the parents and the teachers! Raise the bar for excellence in teachers. Parents must shoulder blame for their own children instead of sloughing their duties off on someone else and blaming it on the color of their skin. Are this country's teachers agreeing teaching at a lower standard? Then get rid of them! We need higher goals!

  16. Rubee October 17, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Well written, as expected….

    This reminds me of a paper our son wrote. He was attending the Un. Of Arizona in the mid 1980’s. He decided to take a woman’s study class, he needed elective 3 hours and he thought it would be interesting. He, of course was the only male in the class! The final grade was determined by a paper rather than a test. The subject of his paper was “Reverse Discrimination”. The premise being the discrimination against a white male. It was well written and he enjoyed writing it! Needless to say, he was given an F, with a scathing comment! This action turned into quite an uproar, he took it all the way to the President of the University and the grade was turned to A- and the teacher had to write him an apology. The enjoyable part is our sons are multi-racial: Caucasion, Asian, Hawaiian and the features and coloring are very subtle. In the end he spoke with her and advised her not only of his mixed race he commented color and gender does not determine a persons ability for success!

  17. renee October 17, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    It behooves me how any clear thinking individual especially those in the black community could look upon Affirmative-Action in the 21st century as something worthy to be proud of. The entire premise of this program was initiated after the Civil Rights bill was implemented to benefit both the economic and employment opportunities primarily for blacks.

    The program has initially exceeded expectations well beyond the imagination. We now have a handful of highly educated blacks who have acquired both wealth and influence within all areas of life. Yet
    somehow or another, this program has taken on a whole new meaning through the calculated efforts of guilt-ridden white liberals! No longer is our nation compelled to hold every American citizen by a set of standards which will eventually challenge and enable them to lead honorable and productive lives.

    Affirmative Action has accomplished it’s goal. It has produced a growing middle class within the African-American community and it should not be used as a liberal tool to benefit special interest groups who are not properly trained to advance our nation economically or technologically!

    • Thomas, USAF, Retired Disabled Vietnam VET October 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

      Renee;

      Well said.

      As a child of the ’60’s I became what I am today due to my own struggles and determination to succeed. Not of handouts nor give up ’ems … my own blood, sweat, and tears.

      Why should anyone have an opportunity to succeed in life simply due to being wintin a specific ethnic group, religion, gender, etc.

      Society should be ashamed as a whole to think in these days anyone should be allowed an unfair upper hand over another person due to the evident failure of the state, school, or parent.

      None of us have had an easy time at life; we made ourselves out our own personal persistence.

  18. carpenter October 17, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    It doesn’t matter that an idea from liberals is nonsense and harmful to future generations, liberals think of themselves as heros.

  19. Anthony S. Burkett October 17, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Touche Mychal! You’ve done it again in splendid fashion…. exposed a basic flaw in our social fabric…. and I for one couldn’t agree more with your ending paragraph that brings to light the goal of current governmental policy…. to make us all dependent on, and in servitude to, the state.

  20. Sharon Greski Vasher October 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Read this, please!

  21. Larry Knight October 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Mychal has this topic nailed down from start to finish.I recall a professor in a class about "reading readiness " commenting that minority kids do poorly in learning to read in school because their homes do not make reading a priority. There are no books or magazines in the house and, in many cases, the parent (s) read poorly, if at all.

  22. glendatheblackwitch October 17, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Brilliant, brilliant! Oh, if only this could be stated over and over at every school in the nation, every day, to all the parents, at all the school parent, teacher meetings, at every business, broadcast on every television at certain times of the day.

    What do we have to do to get this message across? Mychal, thank you for a brilliant, intelligent, LOGICAL summation of the facts.
    I wish you could talk at every single graduation – from grade schook, middle school, high school and college.

    It’s people like you who give me hope – and that’s about all that’s left – if nothing happens to change the status quo.

    You are the one who deserves the standing ovation – which I am doing right now! Bravo!

  23. Dave October 17, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Nothing new here. Common sense says that if one is asked easier questions, he is going to get them correct more often; also, if one lowers expectations, one gets better passing percentages until the kids figure out that they can be even lazier. Then scores drop again.

    When I was in the army, the mo-chine decided that too many soldiers were not passing the PT test. They lowered the standard for passing each event. Guess what? The passing percentage rose for a few years, then dropped as soldiers fugured out that they could work out even less. Same thing.

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