Skin-Color Affirmative Action Stigmatizes and Rewards The Unqualified
I submit there is a lingering infestation of malignancy that threatens generation after generation and prohibits hope of prosperity for many blacks. White guilt and taxpayer dollars are not the cure for those who accuse the white man but fail to take personal responsibility.
There are varying forms of inflicted victimization, but ultimately they all emanate from three primary arenas. They are affirmative action, the Democrat Party, i.e., elite neo-Leninist liberal racists and the so-called black leadership.
The inflicted victimization of affirmative action is that it engenders an attitude of expectation as opposed to an attitude of incentive. Skin color-based affirmative action carries with it the unspoken understanding that “I’m not good enough, so I deserve help.” The problem with that unspoken mindset is that it also leads to Pygmalion, i.e., self-fulfilling prophecy. When the person doesn’t perform up to the levels of the other students, the message then becomes that the tests and textbooks are culturally biased. When the students’ grades suffer or they drop out, it is because there aren’t enough black professors.
If the person cannot perform the job for which they were hired it becomes “The boss doesn’t like me because I’m black.” Victim, victim, victim.
When a neighborhood is placed at risk because the testing requirements are lowered in some instances to the equivalent of an “F” grade just to achieve the color balance the Obama Justice Department demanded, who cares if people died because there were those unable to perform their jobs? The neighborhood is the true victim but that doesn’t matter as long as you have the right color balance. Victim, victim, victim. But those victims don’t get to blame their victimization on the truth.
A good example of meritocracy would be athletics. The bar is never lowered for the athlete – rather it is continuously being raised. And yet each season athletes are able to climb over it. If you want the best and most qualified raise the standards; if you want the unqualified dregs, lower the standards so you harm the individuals and those who rely upon their expertise.
You don’t make a professional roster just to achieve a diverse mix of players. The teams are not comprised on the basis of how many blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals and women there are proportionately. They are comprised on the basis of “assemble the very best regardless of ethnicity/color” in order to have the best chance of winning. There are also alternative leagues in which to hone one’s skills. They may not offer the same money or prestige, but you are still able to play.
Everyone benefits from increased standards. But you will never get liberal skin color-mongers to admit that.
My business was owned and operated by a black man – me. Yet 99 percent of my client base was white. My clients did not seek me out because I was black – nor did they continue our association because I was black. They came and they stayed because they trusted my ability.
Another thing affirmative action does is paint all with the same brush stroke. If you are a student on an Ivy League campus, the thought (verbalized or not) is that you are there because of affirmative action. I had a black man attack me because he felt I was minimizing what he had accomplished by hard work and good decision making by comparing his effort to skin color-based affirmative actionites. But he refused to understand the very thing he was arguing with me about is the very mindset that color-based affirmative action engenders.
Affirmative action allows for failure or lack of success to be viewed as “it’s because I am [whatever].” Failure or lack of success is rarely if ever put in the context of “maybe I wasn’t cut out to be an engineer or a lawyer” or “maybe I should attend a junior college.”
The elite neo-Leninist social-liberal racist is another primary source of inflicted victimization. Consider: On April 26, 2003, Jeff Kunerth staff writer for “The Orlando Sentinel,” wrote an article “Income Rises, Poverty Falls for Black Families In ’90s.” Kunerth’s article began: “Despite the economic downturns, black families nationwide are better off than they were in the mid-1990s, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Census Bureau.”
Kunerth used Census Bureau data to point out strident gains for blacks in America. George Will and John Logan, then director of the Lewis Mumford Center at the University of Albany, N.Y, and myself, all made the same point.
But Sam Dillon of the liberal New York Times, in an April 30, 2003 article wrote: “Report Finds Number of Black Children in Deep Poverty Rising”, he quoted a study by the ultra-liberal Children’s Defense Fund, a child welfare advocacy group. The Times article not surprisingly was approximately 700 words of elite neo-Leninist social-liberal distortion designed to keep blacks bent over and bitter, juxtaposed to upright and optimistic. Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press (April 30, 2003) wrote “Group: More Black Kids in Extreme Poverty” – yet another “po-po black folks story.”
As for the Democrat Party itself, the first chapter of their manual on how to keep black votes on the plantation is, “Tell them they’re victims of slavery, oppression, white Republican bigotry and make them think they cannot succeed without our blessings vis- a`-vis handouts,” with the introduction being: “This really works.”
Per inflicted victimization by the so-called black leaders, I defy anyone to tangibly prove to me how they have been improved by the actions of the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the (modern day) NAACP, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Marcia Fudge or Maxine Waters, or by Pharaoh himself, i.e., Obama. The virulent vitriol of “it’s because you are black,” poor, descendants of slaves,” “it’s the white man’s fault,” and “you deserve reparations” do not count – nor do $1,800 suits, private jets, stretch limousines, opulent office suites or extravagant dinners in restaurants many people would not be able to get a job washing dishes.
Self-inflicted victimization is what blacks do to one another, e.g., black-on-black crime and extortion. Inflicted victimization, to paraphrase Booker T. Washington, is the insidious external messages from “that class of people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and hardships of the Negro race before the public; and who do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, less they themselves lose their jobs” and their votes.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here