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Racism was dealt a blow today by the Supreme Court

Original post made by Jin on Apr 22, 2014

The SCOTUS upheld an anti-racist law in Michigan, today. Some called it "affirmative action", but that is just pure racism. Many Asians in America are harmed by this racism. Merit matters, but race should not.

Good for the SCOTUS.

I hope our local Human Rights committee will join with the SCOTUS, and support its decision.

Comments (7)

Posted by racists, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

If a white supremacist shoots at random people in front of a synagogue and winds up killing 3 Christians, is he a still a racist? Fox News is debating this one.

Posted by colorblind, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Yeah. We are post racial. Nothing to see here.

But hey, I'm white, so.... no harm, no foul, amiright? I mean, our boy @Jin has solid representation in the Fortune 500 CEO suites, so it's all good.

Posted by palo alto resident, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

This is a tough one (and it was really about states rights in deciding this issue). @Jin, you are correct, merit should matter and race should not, but only on an even playing field with access to good schools, safe neighborhoods, etc.

I'm actually on the fence about this issue, but while affirmative action harm "Asians in America" the lack of it has harmed blacks in America. Black students are accepted at about twice the rate into schools when they have affirmative action plans.

I also find it a bit ironic when the fate of minorities is decided by mainly white men.

Posted by Jin, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

"Jin, you are correct, merit should matter and race should not, but only on an even playing field "

What is an "even playing field"? I know so many people who have suffered, yet worked so hard to provide an opportunity for their children. If even one of their children are punished, because they are the wrong color, this is wrong, and it is racist.

The SCOTUS made the correct decision.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm

How about evaluate individual apps on a holistic basis (as colleges do, to a fair extent, in the U.S.) with no regards to race. The time is now for this to be the process.
The constant emphasis on X-Americans is past time.
I happen to be someone with a parent who did not speak English initially, and who lived most early years outside of the U.S., yet I am described as "American" with no particular "racial benefits" coming to me. I am also married to a foreign-born person, yet since that person is European-American, our kids are not permitted to be categorized with benefits as X-American the way certain other races of American born kids do.
One should assimilate and one should retain individual-country-identified cultural practices/languages as one wishes on an individual basis, but this COUNTRY should not be divided one against another on the basis of being labeled into a racial or country of parents' origin category with benefits coming to some and not to others!

Posted by Curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Curmudgeon is a registered user.

"The SCOTUS made the correct decision."

Too late. It was affirmative action that got Clarence Thomas into law school, then hired by the government, and then put his mediocrity on the SCOTUS where he could vote against affirmative action.

Posted by Bru, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

Bru is a registered user.

This posting should be deleted on general principles - it is a troll posting.

> merit should matter and race should not

There is no way to separate the two. How does an excluded class, however it comes about, race, class, color, religion, whatever acquire merit when they cannot enter the mainstream of the economy or education? Answer is - they don't. They have not - even WITH equal opportunity, which means that something more than equal opportunity is needed, not the destruction of equal opportunity.

But, I go agree there is racism in the way equal opportunity had been and is implemented. Assistance and entry should be offered to everyone, not just based on race OR "merit", whatever "merit" may mean. Another fallacy is that only non-white people can be discriminated against in the workplace or in social institutions. That is untrue and all people should be covered from being arbitrarily taken advantage of or exclusion.

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