August 10, 2008

WHICH RAISES THE OBVIOUS QUESTION...:

Obama shifts affirmative action rhetoric (DAVID PAUL KUHN, 8/10/08, Politico)

On the one hand, Obama opposes the current state ballot measures (McCain supports them), thus offering at least de facto support for the current policy that gives preference to minorities and women and is rooted in the programs begun by President Kennedy and later significantly expanded by President Nixon.

On the other hand, Obama’s said that his two daughters should not be given preferential treatment, owing to their relatively privileged upbringing, and has called for government to “craft” a policy “in such a way where some of our children who are advantaged aren't getting more favorable treatment than a poor white kid who has struggled more.”

Such hints of a possible new policy focus are a relatively recent development from Obama, who once said that he had “undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action” in his own academic career, though he didn’t specify at what institution he had so benefited. Friends have since recalled him saying that he did not list his race on his Harvard Law application, though the candidate has said only that "I have no way of knowing whether I was a beneficiary of affirmative action either in my admission to Harvard or my initial election to the Review. If I was, then I certainly am not ashamed of the fact, for I would argue that affirmative action is important precisely because those who benefit typically rise to the challenge when given an opportunity.”

While as a presidential candidate he tends to draw attention to the diversity of the people he met as a community organizer after graduating from Harvard, in his 1995 memoir “Dreams From My Father: A story of race and inheritance,” Obama stresses that he settled in Chicago with the idea of "organizing black folks at the grass roots for change."

As a state senator representing the 13 district on the South Side of Chicago, he deemed traditional, race-oriented affirmative action “absolutely necessary,” and pushed hard for programs that mandated racial- and gender-based hiring preferences.


...if your own father is a Harvard graduate are you not from a relatively privileged background yourself?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2008 9:02 AM

"As a state senator representing the 13 district on the South Side of Chicago, he deemed traditional, race-oriented affirmative action “absolutely necessary,”

Good, he's a traditionalist.

Posted by: h-man at August 10, 2008 1:10 PM

Not for one second should we think that the Effendi would not maintain race-bssed so-called "affirmative action." The racial spoils system is something the overseer class of Americans of African and mixed-African descent prize as an estate in perpetuity.

So-called "affirmative action," as it is practiced, is much leas a pursit of fairness as a grasp for their ownbrand of unfairness.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 10, 2008 6:11 PM
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