May 13, 2021

The United States of Racial Quotas and Preferences

On Tuesday, six days into Joe Biden’s administration, it became clear why Susan Rice, hitherto a foreign policy specialist, was named director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice — unconfirmable for a Cabinet post after her unembarrassed Sunday show lying about the Benghazi terrorist attack — ventured into the White House press room to preview Biden’s “equity” initiative.

With one possible exception, the specific policies announced were less important than the word “equity,” invoked 19 times by Rice and nine by Biden. Ending federal private prison contracts, and strengthening relations with and combating “xenophobia” against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, are small potatoes as federal policies.

Not so, perhaps, with the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing initiative, started under former President Barack Obama, repealed under former President Donald Trump and now due for spirited revival. The idea is for the feds to reverse local zoning laws and plant low-income housing in suburbs deemed insufficiently diverse.

Actually, racial discrimination in housing has been reduced since the 1968 federal Fair Housing Act, to the point that in metropolitan areas from Washington to Atlanta to Los Angeles, most blacks now live in suburbs, not in the central cities to which they were tightly confined in postwar America.

But for Rice and Biden, “equity” requires not equality of opportunity but equality of results. That’s one of the fundamental tenets of critical race theory training banned by outgoing Trumpites and reinstated by Biden on day one.

A lower-than-population percentage of blacks in any desirable category, explains critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi, must be the result of “systemic racism” (a term Rice used twice and Biden six times Tuesday). If you don’t agree, you’re guilty of “white fragility” and you must be a “white supremacist.”

As Andrew Sullivan trenchantly observes, “to achieve ‘equity’ you have to first take away equality for individuals who were born in the wrong identity group. Equity means treating individuals unequally so that groups are equal.”

This is exactly contrary to the central thrust of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It could easily be judged, in particular cases, to violate the 14th Amendment. Individuals discriminated against might have standing to go to court.

And there will surely be many such individuals. Rice made clear that the policies mentioned Tuesday are just a start. “Every agency,” she said, with no suggestion of exceptions, “will place equity at the core of their public engagement, their policy design, and program delivery to ensure that government resources are reaching Americans of color and all marginalized communities — rural, urban, disabled, LGBTQ+, religious minorities, and so many others.”

That’s a lot of preferred categories, but one suspects that, as in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” some preferred groups will be more preferred than others. What we’re being promised is racial quotas and preferences in every conceivable program, in every possible corner of American life.

It may be objected that the United States is already well on its way to such a state of affairs. Racial quotas and preferences are firmly, almost fanatically, ensconced in higher education, at least in admissions to programs, if not in numbers of graduates. Corporate America’s human resources departments, Kendi’s most eager clients, revel in imposing racial quotas and enforcing “equity” orthodoxy.

Even so, something still sticks in the craws of most Americans about treating some people differently from others on account of race or ethnic identity. “You don’t get to unite the country by dividing it along these deep and inflammatory issues of identity,” Sullivan writes.

Proof of this came from the unlikely precincts of California last Nov. 3. Democratic politicians under the influence of critical race theory asked voters to vote yes on Proposition 16 to overturn the 1996 Proposition 209 referendum barring state government, including universities, from discriminating on the basis of race.

Some $20 million, with corporate elites happily kicking in, was spent to pass this Proposition 16, versus only $1 million to uphold Proposition 209. Yet Prop 16 — and the legalization of racial quotas and preferences — was rejected by California voters 57% to 43%.

That’s an even wider margin than the 55% to 45% by which 209 won in 1996, even though California has become far more Democratic since then: Bill Clinton carried the state by 13 points, Joe Biden by 29.

That suggests that the Biden and corporate elite project to create a United States of Racial Quotas and Preferences is in conflict with a strong underlying current of American opinion that favors equal rights under law.

Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

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12 Responses

  1. I have said this before MANY times and will believe it until I’m put in one of the left’s Chinese torture camps that BIDEN IS NOT RUNNING THE SHOW! He is a shill for Obama. The MUSLUM president who is now going to devalue property values as just another step toward ruining our country that was great before he had 8 years to ALMOST bring it to its knees. He knew he couldn’t beat Trump so he sent Joe in and orchestrated the theft of the last election! Maybe he’ll be able to finish us off, it certainly looks that way!

    1. since they are impeaching Trump after he left office it should be possible to impeach the Kenyan Muslim worse president this country ever had??? Lets yank him out of his mansion in Matha’s Vinyard and make him pay for what he sinned against this country. Do I get an Amen???

      1. Arrest try and convict the Kenyan Muslim and lock him in the super prison in Colorado for trying to over throw our goverment

    2. The Muslim president is a dangerous individual to our country.he put a old sick brain dead body in the oval office but behind the scene he is plotting to destroy our country and our way of living

    3. Correct! I totally and completely agree with every word you wrote. We know our sleezeballs, and Obama and Biden are two of the well-known sleezeballs in the USA that they are tearing apart.

  2. To those who feel that they are being defeated as an American Citizen. Don’t give up! Hang Tough! the Sun Always shines. It’s just a little harder to see it right now. I agree with those who believe that Joe Biden is nothing more than a Puppet for Obama. He will be replaced by VPOTUS Harris and things will probably get worse. Here’s the good news. The longer Biden is in office the better off we are. That is not a vote of confidence by any means. The worse things get under Biden the more supporters that actually did vote for him will look at how much better things were for ALL Americans under President Trump and will more than likely jump over to support another run by him or maybe even another Trump. What we all have to do to help the Republicans keep the Democrats at bey to even have, another Presidential Election in 2024. There’s one thing that we all need to do that is to start acting on the Declaration of Independence. We are instructed to do something in that Declaration. We need to move the action of the people of California to a national level. When the Government fails or doesn’t work for the people, then the people must replace that government. The longer this COVID is allowed to separate us, the more power this current government becomes. We have to do what the Patriots did.

  3. Sounds good and might work in some states but never in California the poisoned Democratic hell hole. We have so many illegals living here nobody really knows how many since they vote and do everything we do but always against us because they benefit from the democrats laws and actions. We also have many raising up from their graves and vote. Even some pets seem to be registered voters. Funny ha??? All states where people from CA, NY. and every other liberal diseased state are moving to red states and turn these states for purple and than wait patiently till they are blue. The voting rules have been so tweaked that many states will never have an honest election and we saw that full blown in 2020 where Trump won but we have a dementia pervert quip quo pro cheater in the white house along with the most radical monster from California that helped destroy that state already. America is gone and now the only thing left is for young people that still want freedom to move to the few other countries in this world that still belief in freedom and the picking is slim. us older people who worked all out lives and supported this country and worked and paid taxes sadly have to stay here and suffer. W have been duped and sadly many Americans were also responsible for the dilemma we are in.

    1. Biden is so full of himself just like all the other Democrats who think they can get away with everything and make a mockery of justice, character and integrity . . .Their words mean absolutely nothing and they all belong in jail.

  4. A third world government terrorist take over.

    1. Rule by executive order
    2. Putting a predecessor on trial.
    3. Censorship of opposition.
    4. Attacking the private sector.
    5. Exploiting identity politics.
    6. Challenging judicial independence.
    7. Purging former officials
    8. Encouraging a slavish media.
    9. Military in the streets.

    I am terrified.

  5. In 2 weeks #46 has managed to prime America for marxism, precursor to communism…democrat elites will escape “for a while”… did not hitler, once in position, ELIMINATE bankers, educators, MILITARY leaders, entrepreneurs, business leaders…anyone that could mount resistance against him… Are they smoking so many funny cigarettes, snorting so much cocaine (maybe they should change supplier) they think they are untouchable??? As Megan Kelly said, they WILL come for you…

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