This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
Damn! A Supreme Court decision on which I agree with Chief Justice John Roberts. Well, to amend that, I would've voted with the Chief Justice on this affirmative action case but I would've sided with liberal Justice Stephen Breyer to this extent. If you are going to have affirmative action laws, then you should at least have legislatures and executives who are accountable to the voters making the decisions, instead of leaving it up to colleges to draft their own affirmative action policies.
I'm against affirmative action and so is this blog. I'm a Liberal, not a racist. I'm against affirmative action because I take the MLK dream about racial equality and tolerance seriously. Americans should be judged by their character and not by the color of their skin.
We all want racial and ethnic minorities to be admitted to colleges and do well in the American economy but you can't reward them because of their race, ethnicity, or gender. We reward all people, regardless of race, ethnicity and gender, according to the skills they bring to the table, their personal and professional qualifications.
If there are communities in the country which are struggling, you have to make sure that they are not being denied access in society because of their race, ethnicity or gender. That requires a strong and effective civil rights enforcement system. Beyond that, there must be mechanisms to ensure they have educational and job training opportunities so that they can be successful on their own.