CNN's John King asks the president of Berkeley College Republicans about a controversial bake sale they're hosting.
Here's a cupcake for thought: if we are so passionately fighting for or against Affirmative Action in our colleges, why aren't we discussing it in say, sports? That is, why don't we propose Affirmative Action for our NFL, NBA, MLB? If you think this idea is crazy, then you should likewise think that Affirmative Action is a crazy idea for our universities!
To answer your affirmative action in sports remark:
You need a little history lesson.....cupcake!
African Americans were systematically prohibited from professional athletics also, up until the Civil Rights movement for the most part. You HAVE heard of the "Negro Leagues" in baseball........right??!! Well, that's just one example!
Legal segregation in the South kept black students from entering State Colleges until that was overturned in the 1960's. Just like in corporations, neighborhoods, lunch counters, theaters, etc., whites REFUSED to associate with blacks even on the playing field – gridiron, court or diamond.....and don't get me started on the ice!!
But let's move beyond the Civil Rights Act being signed into law. Once public schools were desegregated.....whites removed their children in droves, rather than have them learn with their "FELLOW AMERICANS". Neighborhoods TO THIS DAY remain segregated because many whites have a funny habit of moving OUT when minorities in general and African Americans in particular, regarless of their social and/or economic status, move IN!
In college and professional sports, it was regarded that blacks were not "intellegent enough" to play quarterback, as is well displayed by some teams absolute refusal to use them in that capacity until the 1980's. The NBA was already well on it's way to being fully integrated by the 1970's, but they had a VERY segregated history up to the 1960's as well. MLB was one of the longest holdouts, but what ALL of these sports have in common is that white males probably knew that Blacks would out-perform them in SOME capacity, which would OBVIOUSLY contradict what they'd been raised to believe!......Thus the reluctance to let us....well....play!
Now, here's what I find VERY interesting with people like YOU.....Knowing that blacks have NEVER prohibited whites from ANYTHING or ANYWHERE in this country's history, WHERE WERE YOU and/or YOUR PARENTS when WE were being systematically 'left out"? Where THEY or YOU this VOCAL to you family, friends and neighbors about the injustices and indignities being leveled against your "FELLOW AMERICANS"??!!.......I DIDN'T THINK SO!!!
So I think that YOU must be crazy to think that based upon the STILL ONGOING RACIST KILLINGS IN THE SOUTH, and defacto segregation everywhere else in this country (if you're having a hard time understanding THAT, ask yourself when was the last time you saw an interracial couple on a commercial....VERY common in Europe!!), that institutions of higher learning need to just disregard affirmative action programs!
At least these UC Berkeley kids didn't have their bake sale near the IRAN border.
Cal Alumni 2011. If California wants to solve the
socioeconomic problems faced by minority groups it should spend time coming up
with programs that increase educational awareness and allocate funding to
intercity schools that need it most. Supporting legislation that only PROMOTES
STEREOTYPES, creates tension between racial groups, and discriminates against
other underprivileged groups including the disabled is an attempt to win
minority votes by the Democratic Party. Today is the day I make the switch to
the Republican Party.
Just see these kinds of matters as precursors of what society will become in the near future. We all be faced with the choice; either to “care for our neighbour”, or live by the “law of the jungle”... the survival of the fittest. For your information Google “The World Monetary Order”.
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