The idea is that those who have been at a disadvantage because of race deserve a leg up when it comes to landing opportunities.
But then you’re evaluating someone based on race, which is racism. Rights don’t come to you because you’re a man or a woman or African American or European or Jewish. And I certainly don’t think the federal government should be in the business of deciding things or handing out money based on factors like these. It’s the same with same-sex marriage. Who cares what people feel about each other? Let people decide for themselves who they can marry. It’s not the government’s job. It’s between you and your partner and your church or synagogue or whatever you believe in.
I think history has proven without a doubt that the proper role of government is to protect individuals’ rights and liberties. That has always been the most prosperous, freest society for people to live in. And when government gets too involved, society turns into a place that gets very, very ugly.
He doesn’t need it, wasn’t ever discriminated against, so doesn’t see why there would be a need to right past wrongs. But he’s white, so it’s his privilege to see it that way.
But this whole keep-the-government-out line is just playing to entrenched racism, because if we end Jim Crow but don’t ever do anything to right that wrong, then the people who suffered under Jim Crow remain at a disadvantage because their families weren’t allowed to accumulate wealth, business connections, etc. Having the government do nothing just solidifies the advantages of the racists who benefited from Jim Crow.
Maybe someone should tell Vaughn that the people who have mostly benefited from affirmative action are white women, like his wife.
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