What if the Japanese men in the 4x100 meter relay were given
just a quarter second advantage because historically Jamaicans and Americans
tend to win this event. I mean, with outcome based thinking, it must be racism
that prevented the Japanese from winning. Therefore, they deserve that ¼ second
to level the playing field. No such thing..
The Japanese men kept working at it and made handing off the baton a
thing of perfection. WITHOUT any special
treatment, they came within .23 second of beating Usain Bolt and the fabled Jamaican four. They were sure proud of that silver medal. They EARNED it. With
that ¼ second handicap they would actually have BEATEN Jamaica. How hollow would that victory be? How put out
would the Jamaicans have been?
What is Simone Biles were given a point or two because
historically most gymnastic winners were not black? Do you think the response
to her winning would have been remotely like the celebrations that ensured with
her awesome performances that were the result of hard work and being better than
Do you think her teammates
would have been as warm to her?
How about basketball?
Men of color routinely win these games.
TO be fait, should not teams from white countries start off with 5 or
ten points to “level the playing field”.
I mean, with outcome-based thinking, it must be racism against whites
that caused the disparity. What other
explanation could there be?
Well, people around the world love the Olympics because it
is PURE COMPETITION. May the BEST PERSON win.
No excuses, no handicaps as in casual golf matches to make the round
more interesting, and no special treatment.
So why then in OTHER areas of life do people feel compelled
to change the rules because all groups do not seem to win proportionally?
When affirmative action was first sold as a concept, it was
not what it is today. It basically said that if two people were essentially
equal, give preference to the minority person to increase representation.
It was changed to the degree that MASSIVE
handicaps are give out so that a minority student who would qualify for a good
school like Bucknell or Lafayette gets into Harvard, despite having lower SAT’s
and measurable achievement tha hards of whites rejected by Harvard.
Caloifornia found that PERFORMANCE of those
admitted above what objective criteria would predict was subpar and many did
The conclusion was that the
same students would have flourished if properly placed.
I remember when at Rensselaer a young black student named
Tony lived next door to my dorm room and was studying engineering.
He was extremely bright as were all the
students at Rensselaer. The average math SAT was in the 700’s, and that as log
before they “recentered” the scores that added dozens of points for the same
Some people thought he
was there because he was black and boy did that make him mad! It should have!
He was there because he EARNED it.
cannot imagine how it would feel to be black and have ALL your achievements,
ALL your success written off because people thought you had special
Same principle as the
My sons are biracial and both have achieved remarkable
success because of hard work and skill.
One owns an insurance agency and is the second highest commercial
producer in the four state territory of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and
Connecticut. The other is climbing the
ladder at Johnson and Johnson with a recent promotion and a multi-state
territory is Veterinary Orthopedic Pharmaceuticals. My older son heard about a 50k grant he would
qualify for. He said, “Dad, I need to do
it myself.” Contrary to the vapid
mutterings of Barack who thinks nobody can achieve anything without the government, he worked
like a dog, learned from more experienced people, and is wise is how he deals
with prospects with methods he is now being asked to share. I cannot imagine how different my sons would
feel if they had been handed something they did not deserve and were constantly
being reminded of it. We see BLM at
elite colleges, and demands for segregated dorms and everything else – it IS
painful to not be respected However, respect has to be EARNED, and unfortunately, liberals do not respect
those whose votes they take for granted.
I wish EVERY Black person heard Trump’s Michigan speech which
mirrored the “Hillary’s America” movie.
Who wants to be used?
to be taken for granted?
under-achievers who refuse to put out the extreme effort needed to succeed
gravitate to these folks. They want the easy way, and they do not have
Two examples from my own life – one that shows what not to
do and the other WHAT to do.
Our church has a Boy’s Brigade Program.
I was serious about it. In fact, I was only
the second boy in New Jersey to end up winning the “Herald of Christ”
It was tons of work – athletic
improvement, Bible study and memorization, term papers, outdoor skills,
building a model hoe complete with electric lighting and a remote controlled
garage door and car (I used a 1964 1/2 Mustang – wish I could find it).
As I was working hard toward the goal, the
Captain told me he was promoting one of the black boys who came to be squad
leader over me in order to get him >more interested”.
A total disregard for the achievement based
The boy could not have cared
less and did not value the position because he knew he did not deserve it
because he had done nothing
In the program to qualify for it.
He did not last long and eventually just
You are not helping anybody
by giving them something they do not deserve. They will disrespect you for it
if not outright hate you.
As an architect I was competing for a major community center
in the Hispanic Community.
It was a
difficult adaptive reuse requiring lots of technical experience from a very
experienced person. I found out one of my competitors was the HIGHEST-RANKING
Hispanic Architectural firm in the city who was justly revered for excellent
I figured it might be fruitless
even if I offered a price advantage because of the pride and achievement they
could offer the community.
I won the
project. One of the people on the selection committee told me that they hired
me because I was smaller, more hands-on, and I would give the project more personal
attention than the principals from the other, better-known firms could offer.
They acted in their self-interest, and the
project was a success.
The Hispanic firm
did other work in the area, which was excellent.
The client acted in their self-interest and
gave no advantage simply over ethnicity.
I see nothing wrong in choosing a minority firm over an
equally qualified majority one to help out.
I look for firms like that, but do not give extra points or make excuses
if they do not measure up.
The best way
to improve is to work hard to gain success.
I have duly noted that minority firms who play the AA and quota games
almost never mature.
“set-asides” and earn money for very often giving the work to majority workers
living off the mark-ups and profits.
When they bid for private work with no minority requirements, their
prices are high and not realistic.
you get work you do not qualify for, there is no incentive to improve, hone
your skills, and learn how to compete in today’s economy.
It also removes all respect even from those
hiring you because they see it as charity and not a normal business
I applaud minority and female firms who achieve based upon
skill and hard work, and they justly deserve the accolades they received. I urge others, though, to maintain pure
competition, offer no excuses, and do not reward people for games rather than
achievement. The Japanese men almost won
gold because of their hard work.
Everyone CAN win – but we must make sure that win because they are the
BEST, not because of the color of their skin or any other factor. Men must be
judged NOT by the color of their skin, but by the content of their
character. We have had a disastrous
presidency since 2008 of a man with radical background, corrupt mentoring, and
with no real qualifications for the job.
His career was causing division and conflict as a community organizer,
and RACISM resulted in him being elected.
He was not properly vettd, he did not even have to produce a non-forged
birth certificate, and the press handled him with kid gloves SIMPLY BECAUSE OF
THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN. The vapid GOP
congress was largely hands-off as well, letting him commit over 100 impeachable
offenses. He keeps getting worse and
worse, dividing the nation, importing
our enemies, criticizing our patriots, even calling for $10,000 fines for
asking people to recite the Pledge of Allegiance (we know HE never meant it the
few times he muttered it). That is the
end result of Affirmative Action and it is not pretty.
Let’s be ore like the Olympics.
If a man or woman wins, they win.