Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tensions Over Quotas ... But Not Who You Think

I say repeatedly ... whenever liberal politicians try to fix something ... invariably they create yet another situation that needs to be fixed. In plain English ... their social engineering eventually screws up. Welfare, public housing ... even the war on drugs. And now this.

Powerline links to this article, so read it first ... here's a snippet.

This battle over quotas for public-sector jobs is a glaring example of how immigration is turning the race-based policies of the last 40 years, originally designed to help blacks, against them. For African-American leaders like Claud Anderson, head of the Harvest Institute, the turnabout represents a betrayal of the civil rights movement: only blacks deserve quotas. “When did our government ever exclude immigrants or deny them their constitutional rights, as they did African-Americans?” he asks. But for other blacks, the demands of Latinos and Asians that government set-aside programs include them are further evidence that racial preferences were misguided in the first place. “Blacks who support skin color privileges now will be singing a different tune later once government starts discriminating against them once again, this time in favor of Hispanics,” writes columnist and blogger La Shawn Barber.

Black, white or hispanic, you need to read this and understand why social engineering in a free market eventually will hurt the very people it tries to help.