Black People Politics : Is Pres. Obama and Clarence Thomas one and the same on Affirmative Action?

Kadijah

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I just finished reading an article on Affirmative Action, it's origins and how it has fared in the courts since its inception in 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the first step when he issued a directive forbidding defense contractors from using racially discriminatory hiring practices. Just interesting, informative reading until I saw this and nearly fell out of my seat:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a fierce critic of affirmative action, said that as a Yale law student, he "watched the destruction of many kids" pushed beyond their capabilities."

And after he graduated from Yale, he went on a tear to get rid of the ONLY thing that got him into Yale in the first place: Affirmative Action.

But I already knew this. So no, it is that clown Thomas' denunciation of affirmative action, coupled with the following that blew me away:

President Obama has said that while he "undoubtedly benefitted from affirmative action" (just like Clarence Thomas), it would make no sense for his daughters to get special consideration upon applying to college.



So Obama and Clarence Thomas, BOTH of whom got to their Ivy League educations ONLY with the help of Affirmative Action, and without Affirmative Action would NOT have been admitted.... are cut out of the same selfish, ingrate, "I got mine; you get yours" cynical cloth?
 

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Obama's take on affirmative action

Barack Obama doesn't think anyone should cut his two daughters any slack when they apply to college — not because...

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama doesn't think anyone should cut his two daughters any slack when they apply to college — not because of their race, at least. In the unlikely event that the Obama family goes broke, then maybe.
In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Obama waded into the central issue of the affirmative-action debate: race vs. class. Perhaps typically, Obama's remarks were more Socratic than declarative. He didn't really answer the question, he rephrased it. Maybe the way he posed it, though, will lead to a discussion that's long overdue.

George Stephanopoulos asked Obama if his daughters should be able to benefit from affirmative action when the time comes for them to go to college. The girls "should probably be treated by any admissions officer as folks who are pretty advantaged," Obama said.

Stephanopoulos was driving at the question of whether race-based affirmative-action programs are still needed. Another way to frame the issue is whether race or class is the more important factor in our society. Are minorities raised in middle-class or wealthy homes still held back by racism? Or should we now focus on socioeconomic status as the principal barrier keeping people from reaching their potential?

Obama's answer, basically, was yes. To both questions.

Obama has repeatedly gone on record as a supporter of affirmative action. But "if we have done what needs to be done to ensure that kids who are qualified to go to college can afford it," he said in the ABC interview, then "affirmative action becomes a diminishing tool for us to achieve racial equality in this society."

He seemed to side with those who think class predominates when he said, "I think that we should take into account white kids who have been disadvantaged and have grown up in poverty and shown themselves to have what it takes to succeed."


http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2003706691_robinson15.html


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It gets even worse! AGAIN, he's taking something BLACKS fought for .... and ONLY blacks.... and now he wants to give it away to white kids. (smh)
 

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Yes Kadijah! Ever wonder why none of us who vote from him, heard about him before he ran?
Why no "yeah the brother did us right in Chi town them 2 years as senator"
No
none of that!!!,
fact some folks thought he was a republican by the way he voted and acted as senator!
 

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