But what about the functionally illiterate black man who has a college degree? And what about the semi-literate black woman who has a master’s degree? Are they served by the intellectual fraud perpetrated by white liberals? Of course, they are not. They are set up for failure. And they are often forgotten in the affirmative action debate. This has never been about protecting their interests. It has always been about protecting a vision.
Regarding the second problem, blacks who privately accept double standards are able to rationalize them by referring to past injustices against blacks. The real problem is that those willing to rationalize the double standards are also willing to act upon them by seizing an unearned opportunity.
I began to notice this trend when I became a college professor. For example, black students with 3.0 GPAs and LSAT scores in the 150s would ask me to write recommendation letters to law schools that usually required 3.5 GPAs and LSAT scores in the 160s. They simply knew they could get admitted despite being clearly unqualified.
It wasn't that these students thought they didn't deserve to be admitted. They thought they did deserve it as a payoff for someone else's sacrifice. The idea that Martin Luther King Jr. died so they could be judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their cranium is deeply ingrained in the minds of many young blacks.
But who really benefits when blacks privately accept blatant double standards. It isn't whites who are displaced from a seat in the classroom or in the workforce. But neither do blacks benefit. Each man eventually rises to his level of incompetence. When blacks accept affirmative action handouts, they just get there a little faster than the rest of us.
All this has relevance to the current standing of our 44th president. His forty-something percent approval rating is simply a function of the fact that forty-something percent of the population supports affirmative action absent specific quotas. That means forty-something percent of the population has a political philosophy largely based on emotion, not reason. It also means that Obama's approval rating will never drop down into the thirties - or into the twenties the way Bush 43s rating did before he left office.
Of course, the larger problem is that Obama's private acceptance of affirmative action ultimately got him elected. He never took the approach of Reverend Jackson who presumed that whites were too racist to elect him president. (Jackson was vying for the VP selection all along). Instead, Obama recognized that if he gave whites the benefit of the doubt, they would ignore the fact that he was clearly unprepared for the job. That is how an unqualified man became president and rose so rapidly to his level of incompetence. Of course, public opinions polls will measure the rationalization, not the reality. That is how history is distorted and how visions are preserved.