RE: Answering pro-affirmative action comments.

John Meyer (
Wed, 03 Jun 1998 11:05:53 -0600

At 08:45 AM 6/1/98 -0700, you wrote:
>It's so easy for white males to take an anti-affirmative action
>position. It's so easy for them to rail against the injustice of it
>all, to complain about how unfair a system that doesn't treat all people
>equally is. It's so easy for them to ignore the 400 or more years of
>blatant and pervasive affirmative action benefits they have received in
>this country. Affirmative action in all phases of life, from education
>to jobs to housing to business loans. You name it. Meritocracy is a
>myth, John. Your father and all his white friends and his father and
>all his white friends and you, have all benefitted big time from a
>system of affirmative action for white men. So, what is justice? What
>is fair? What constitutes compensation? How do we balance the scales?
>Do you have a suggestion that would bring about true equity?
>Sure, two wrongs don't make a right. But do we just continue to
>perpetuate a system in which white males hold all the power and make all
>the decisions. I can just hear you, a white male, saying "Why not?"
>Well those of us who have been the victims of 400 years of
>discrimination are fed up, that's why not.

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