Affirmative action

Blackwards, How Black Leadership Is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal by Ron Christie. It is Christie’s contention that affirmative action has outlived its usefulness. Though well-intentioned, affirmative action’s negatives outweigh its positives. Among the negatives, he lists government favoritism of certain racial groups leading to white anger and lessening of black feelings of achievement. How to distinguish between blacks who achieve success on their own efforts and blacks who have government help due to affirmative action? Apparently Christie achieved success on his own efforts.

Reading today’s news, it seems apparent to me that minorities, especially blacks, continue to be discriminated against. Until more minority members achieve equal opportunity in the US, I believe that it is the duty of government to continue affirmative action policies. Discontinuing affirmative action policies should be a goal for the future. It is too soon now.

When discussing racism on the right, Christie demands proof to high standards. Yet when criticizing the Obama administration, he offers little or no proof for his innuendoes. Fair is fair and he is not fair. I do not recommend this book.

Patriotic Christians

If Republicans were the patriotic Christians they claim to be, how would America be different in 2015?

First of all, they would have decided in 2009 to work with President Obama, rather than oppose him every step of the way. Compromise would be an accepted practice. They would put country ahead of party and personal gain. Infrastructure would be in good shape and sensible gun laws would have been enacted. They would abandon the Southern strategy of appealing to racial divisions. The George Zimmermans of the world would lose their gun rights and be told to take their votes elsewhere. Everyone could vote and we would embrace the poor and disadvantaged rather than scapegoating them. That is the US we would be living in today if the GOP were the patriotic Christians they claim to be, but they are not.

Religious fundamentalism

There are at least three kinds of religious fundamentalists loose in the world at this time: Christian, Jewish and Muslim. What they have in common is a lack of tolerance for other views. Christian fundamentalists in the US want to impose their version of the Bible on the rest of us, witness Mike Huckabee as an example. Muslim fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere consider Shiites as heretics who they are commanded to kill. Jewish fundamentalists in Israel also seek to impose their version of their religion on other Jews. Extremists of any faith present a problem for the rest of us. It is a problem we must first acknowledge if we are going to find solutions.