Posts Tagged ‘Affirmative Action’

We PUMAs were all glad when Olberman and Matthews were demoted but what are we doing about this guy?

Mark Belling called Gloria Steinem a “grizzled old bag,” “old witch”

[Summary: Radio host Mark Belling called Gloria Steinem a “grizzled old bag,” “old witch,” and “embittered old has-been” and also stated that the “previous generation” of feminists “were so ugly you couldn’t stand to look at them.”]

http://mediamatters.org/items/200809050016 (more…)

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Why is “Affirmative Action” one of the touchstones of this election? This counter discriminatory tool is but one of many federal programs enacted in the middle of the last century. Wikipedia offers the following definition of the program:

[The term affirmative action describes policies aimed at a historically socio-politically non-dominant group (typically, minority men or women of all racial groups) intended to promote its access to education or employment. Motivation for affirmative action is a desire to redress effects of actual or perceived, past or current discrimination that is regarded as unfair. [Who?] It also serves to encourage public institutions such as universities, hospitals and police forces to be more representative of the population].

Perhaps it seems out of date to talk about affirmative action. Further, to discuss affirmative active in the context of it’s gender benefit to Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, ageism benefit to John McCain, or it’s race benefit to Barack Obama seems at odds with what we know of their upbringing. (more…)

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The Equal Opportunity Equation

It’s been hot for days. Sans the air conditioner in 102 degrees weather, the idea of typing lyricism into a sticky keyboard, while worrying about whether my dripping sweat is going to short it out, has provided an easy prohibition to the effort. Really though, the last two weeks have been too overwhelming. The effort to record and distill the events has been too hard a task. Finally, Gloria Steinhem helped with her recent article.

Clearly some voted for Barack Obama simply because he was biracial. The pull to do so is understandable. No matter what, his accomplishment is now a signpost of the future. So in that sense, something has already been accomplished. The final test will be, if he is elected, whether we have moved past the other affirmative action hurdle; an unfair requirement for a higher standard of competency. Let us remind ourselves that a true test of equal rights is that, after we are hired, we have an equal opportunity to have a different viewpoint, and an equal right to fail with equal consequences, in our efforts. We don’t like to think this way in relation to a Presidential pick, but there it is. (more…)

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