La Shawn Barber

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called the provisions racially discriminatory and intended to send Barack Obama and Congress a letter asking them to change the wording. According to the Washington Times, which obtained a draft copy of the letter, the commission also questioned whether the race-based programs would improve health care in minority areas.

The commission cited research that showed raising the quality of care at hospitals in the 500 largest minority serving areas would improve minority health care more than eliminating racial disparities. This finding seems intuitive, but the racism-under-every-rock civil rights industry prefers to deal in quantity over quality.

The Civil Rights Act explicitly prohibits government racial discrimination and preferences, so it baffles the mind why the federal government continues the practice. It will take more than the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to uncover little-noticed preference provisions in massive bills. The people must take on the mantle and hold our government accountable for doing the very thing it's forbidden to do.

Perhaps supporters of preferential treatment will see the wrongness of the practice if asked this question: When whites become a racial minority, will you support government preferences for them?

La Shawn Barber

Freelance writer La Shawn Barber blogs at the American Civil Rights Institute blog.