For years,and years,and years my first thought when I see a black or female doctor,lawyer,cop,fireman,etc,etc is...”would this person,with the *exact* same qualifications,have been admitted/graduated/hired if he/she was both male and white?”
That’s the sad part of the whole thing. Undoubtedly, lacking affirmative discrimination, nobody would have cause to doubt the qualifications of any person of whatever color. But now all non-Asian, minority professionals have the stigma of being a possible affirmative-action selection. Their chances of earning respect are severely diminished. That does not mean every underqualified minority will turn out to be a failure at what they do. But affirmative discrimination is no way to go about selecting the most competent people.
It’s their first thought as well. The most evil, horrible thing about AA is the inference that being black means not being able to do it; you’re a broken toy.
The hidden history is that blacks did better before AA and the welfare state moved in to bail them out. The Democratic Party’s origins in the eugenics and racist movements in America cloud their “help”. Liberal whites don’t believe in black people and they never have.
My friend is an 85 year old architect, now retired. He owns an airplane and has had one since the 70s. He owns several apartment buildings, all paid free and clear. He owns a beautiful vacation home on Hilton Head Island.
His plans and drawings always pass. He knows more than entire building and zoning departments. I’ve never known him to be wrong in a dispute. They end with the bureaucrat apologizing, often in writing. He’s also black.
He never got AA or any breaks. As a matter of fact he grew up in racist Chicago and earned his way up by gumption, grit and hard work. That’s the only way.