Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Why Affirmative Action is Still Vitally Necessary

"Whenever this issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree, but should ask for nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. For it is obvious that if a man enters the starting line of a race 300 years after another man, the first would have to perform some incredible feat in order to catch up."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1 comment:

  1. It's also impossible to enter a race you aren't invited to. I can't tell you how many senior management meetings I witnessed in the corporate world where the same (white) people got selected for opportunities over and over. Finally I realized that the PTB never even thought to think beyond their circle, let alone review a full list of candidates. It never even occurred to them.