“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” — John F. Kennedy - selling the country on Affirmative Action.
Affirmative Action was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Its purpose was to stop racist hiring practices in America. In a nutshell, it said, “You cannot refuse to hire someone based on the color of their skin.” But what it is interpreted to mean is, “You must hire a black person simply because he is black.” Or, depending on which side of the color spectrum you are on, “You cannot hire the white person.”
Most people who voted for Obama, did so because he is black. Many Democrats would have voted for him even if he ran as a Republican, and many Republicans also voted for him because he is black. America needed to produce our first Black President.
Affirmative Action has grown to include all people of color, nationalities, genders, and religions.
The natural law of “Cause and Effect” takes over whenever a new government program comes out. No matter what the intended desire of the program, the exact opposite effect almost always occurs. The war on drugs. The war on poverty. Today, there are more homeless people and more drug overdoses than ever before in our history.
In 1930, Will Rogers asked, “Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.”
We all know what Kennedy had in mind, what his goal was. America, 100 years after the civil war, was still producing entirely too many racists. In an attempt to fix it, Affirmative Action simply said, “Stop it!”
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. The people who need to “Stop it!” are parents. And recently, teachers. Racism is not born into us, it’s not bred into us, it’s taught to us.
What Kennedy didn’t understand in his plan to fix racism, was that he would create even more. You can’t call attention to the symptom, not address the root cause, and expect a better result. Instead, you end up with everyone calling each other names.