Affirmative Action and the CCRI
Stephen A Frye
safrye at CCGATE.DP.BECKMAN.COM
Wed Jul 24 09:21:05 MDT 1996
Your goals and aspirations are admirable. And I agree with them. I also agree
that Affirmative Action has gone way too far and is eroding our own liberties
via reverse discrimination.
My only objection - and you did not make this suggestion - is t move to the
complete opposite extreme with no provision for insuring fair treatment.
Because racism is still alive and well in this country, there will be
discrimination. I believe we need to do our best to prevent it - including laws
if that's what it takes.
As you state, I also believe that education is still the best solution for the
future. But that is a very long term proposition. Long term or not, we must
pursue it, but we must also provide for the present.
I also agree with you that as long as we are hyphenated Americans, we exist as
separate societies with separate goals and values. I think that's too bad. I
think we need to start being Americans.
I believe we can achieve this without surrendering our personal liberties. In
fact, I believe that must be a prerequisite. On the other hand, I also believe
that we must make personal sacrifices if we are truly interested in improving
the society in which we live.
Maybe someday we'll see this. I don't know. Maybe the struggle towards the end
is enough. The goal may be unachievable, and it is the quest which is
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