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Affirmative Action Polling
Townhall.com ^ | 12-12-2013 | Mike Adams

Posted on 12/11/2013 9:52:16 PM PST by servo1969

A friend of mine recently expressed shock at the fact that nearly half of the electorate still approves of the job performance of President Barack Obama. In his view, the poll numbers defy common sense. Obama's foreign policy has exuded Carter-like weakness. Obama's lone domestic policy "achievement" has been crumbling since its inception. Why would so many people still approve of his performance? The answer, of course, is simple. People are applying a lower standard to Obama. And it isn't because of his personal charm and charisma. It's because of his race.

In academia, the tendency to hold blacks to a lower standard is deeply ingrained even though it isn't universally acknowledged. Several years ago, I wrote about the issue in a column on Town Hall. After I wrote the column, a UNC-Chapel Hill professor publicly attacked me for stating the obvious. The attack, which occurred during a Q&A following one of my speeches on affirmative action, illustrates one of two distinct but inter-related problems with affirmative action:

1. When whites publicly deny the existence of racial double standards, they are motivated by self-interest. This selfish motive often translates into behavior that is harmful to blacks generally.

2. When blacks privately accept the existence of racial double standards, they are motivated by self-interest. This selfish motive also translates into behavior that is harmful to blacks generally.

Regarding the first problem, whites in denial (like the UNC professor who attacked me) do such things to curry favor with minorities. They are also trying to boost their own self esteem. The problem is that those who are willing to lie in order to win the favor of blacks are also willing to treat blacks differently in order to retain others' approval (and their own sense of moral superiority).

I began to see this trend when I was in graduate school in sociology. Instructors were sometimes afraid to fail black undergraduate students even if they were functionally illiterate. In one particularly egregious case, a professor assigned someone to write a black graduate student's master’s thesis for her. She simply wasn't able to do it herself.

It wasn't that these educators were merely afraid of accusations of racism. They were also afraid of admitting they were wrong. To do so would expose the lie that affirmative action is "just a tie breaker," rather than a deeply racist policy that assumes black inferiority and then uses the assumption to justify admitting unqualified students on the basis of race.

But what about the functionally illiterate black man who has a college degree? And what about the semi-literate black woman who has a master’s degree? Are they served by the intellectual fraud perpetrated by white liberals? Of course, they are not. They are set up for failure. And they are often forgotten in the affirmative action debate. This has never been about protecting their interests. It has always been about protecting a vision.

Regarding the second problem, blacks who privately accept double standards are able to rationalize them by referring to past injustices against blacks. The real problem is that those willing to rationalize the double standards are also willing to act upon them by seizing an unearned opportunity.

I began to notice this trend when I became a college professor. For example, black students with 3.0 GPAs and LSAT scores in the 150s would ask me to write recommendation letters to law schools that usually required 3.5 GPAs and LSAT scores in the 160s. They simply knew they could get admitted despite being clearly unqualified.

It wasn't that these students thought they didn't deserve to be admitted. They thought they did deserve it as a payoff for someone else's sacrifice. The idea that Martin Luther King Jr. died so they could be judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their cranium is deeply ingrained in the minds of many young blacks.

But who really benefits when blacks privately accept blatant double standards. It isn't whites who are displaced from a seat in the classroom or in the workforce. But neither do blacks benefit. Each man eventually rises to his level of incompetence. When blacks accept affirmative action handouts, they just get there a little faster than the rest of us.

All this has relevance to the current standing of our 44th president. His forty-something percent approval rating is simply a function of the fact that forty-something percent of the population supports affirmative action absent specific quotas. That means forty-something percent of the population has a political philosophy largely based on emotion, not reason. It also means that Obama's approval rating will never drop down into the thirties - or into the twenties the way Bush 43s rating did before he left office.

Of course, the larger problem is that Obama's private acceptance of affirmative action ultimately got him elected. He never took the approach of Reverend Jackson who presumed that whites were too racist to elect him president. (Jackson was vying for the VP selection all along). Instead, Obama recognized that if he gave whites the benefit of the doubt, they would ignore the fact that he was clearly unprepared for the job. That is how an unqualified man became president and rose so rapidly to his level of incompetence. Of course, public opinions polls will measure the rationalization, not the reality. That is how history is distorted and how visions are preserved.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: affirmative; mikeadams; obama; race

1 posted on 12/11/2013 9:52:16 PM PST by servo1969
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To: Kaslin

ping


2 posted on 12/11/2013 9:54:36 PM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969
The answer, of course, is simple. People are applying a lower standard to Obama. And it isn't because of his personal charm and charisma. It's because of his race.

Roger on the race thing. That is why he could BBQ little kids on the White House lawn, and it would be a resume enhancer.

3 posted on 12/11/2013 10:35:37 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Mark17

Once read an article on FR of the breakdown of demo. and repub. in all the polls, Independents also...every poll was weighted heavy with democrats. Thats why polls are crappy.


4 posted on 12/11/2013 10:58:48 PM PST by goat granny
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To: servo1969

If you had common snese you would not have voted for Obama.


5 posted on 12/11/2013 11:15:35 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign is for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: servo1969
RE: “It's because of his race.”

I disagree.

First off, Obama is mixed race, his Mother was white.

Any talk about Obama being a Black president is pure bull.

Second, America has changed.

About 50% of voters want European Socialism.

Some polls claim a majority of Americans are “Conservative.”

Again, I say bull.

Hispanics overwhelmingly claim they are Conservative, but for the last 52 years they have voted 60%-75% for the Democrat presidential nominee.

Blunt mathematical reality - about 1/3 of voters are non-white, and they vote about 80% for the Democrat Party.

About 2/3’s of voters are white, and they vote about 60% for the Republican Party.

Obama’s approval rating stays high because 40%-50% of Americans consistently support his Socialist vision.

6 posted on 12/11/2013 11:19:06 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Americans are supposed to be about freedom.

Socialism isn’t about freedom.

What is wrong with this picture?


7 posted on 12/11/2013 11:21:25 PM PST by thecodont
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To: servo1969; Mr. K; MrB; sickoflibs; Liz
In one particularly egregious case, a professor assigned someone to write a black graduate student's master’s thesis for her. She simply wasn't able to do it herself.

It wasn't that these educators were merely afraid of accusations of racism. They were also afraid of admitting they were wrong. To do so would expose the lie that affirmative action is "just a tie breaker," rather than a deeply racist policy that assumes black inferiority and then uses the assumption to justify admitting unqualified students on the basis of race.

Looks like an honest discussion of race has started... this is worth reading.

8 posted on 12/12/2013 2:41:12 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: zeestephen

Sorry, but you’re wrong. There’s no way 50% of Americans want socialism. Give me a link to prove it.


9 posted on 12/12/2013 2:45:31 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ
....... a professor assigned someone to write a black graduate student's master’s thesis b/c the student wasn't able to do it herself. Educators are afraid----to expose the lie that "affirmative action is just a tie breaker," rather than a deeply racist policy that assumes black inferiority and then uses the assumption to justify admitting unqualified students on the basis of race......

Read Michele Obama's vacuous Princeton thesis--her range of intellectual depth goes all the way from a to b.

10 posted on 12/12/2013 3:05:35 AM PST by Liz
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To: All

Makes you wonder how Obama got onto law school-—since there’s no record of his having attended the college he listed on his law school application.

Guess they just took him at his word-—as did all the Americans who believed him when he said “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”


11 posted on 12/12/2013 3:09:58 AM PST by Liz
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To: GOPJ

abc/wsj poll yesterday has obunghole at 38% approval... cBS has him at 10,000% approval and they state that he walked on water and healed a guy with herpes.


12 posted on 12/12/2013 3:48:58 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: servo1969

Obama is half white. No matter his color, Obama would still be a moron. Blame it on whatever you choose. The fact remains he isn’t very smart. And those who voted for him, especially more than once, are even less smart.


13 posted on 12/12/2013 3:57:17 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: GOPJ

45 percent of US Democrats favour socialism. Fortunately most Americans still believe in capitalism
By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: November 30th, 2012

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100191992/45-percent-of-democrats-favour-socialism-fortunately-most-americans-still-believe-in-capitalism/

I know you didn’t ask me, but here’s what I found.


14 posted on 12/12/2013 4:00:35 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012; zeestephen

“Republicans and Independents are overwhelmingly opposed to socialism, and as Rasmussen has concluded, just 24 percent of all Americans have a favourable opinion of socialism, with 67 percent holding an unfavorable view of a socialist economic system. According to Rasmussen, 68 percent of Americans hold a favourable view of “capitalism,” and 76 percent have a positive view of the “free enterprise system.”

The above from ilovesarah’s link...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100191992/45-percent-of-democrats-favour-socialism-fortunately-most-americans-still-believe-in-capitalism/

Thanks for the help ilovesarah... great link.


15 posted on 12/12/2013 4:18:16 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: LibLieSlayer

CBS probably got their information from the same guy who gave the ‘Bush flash’ to Dan Rather... Only 10,000% approval? LOL


16 posted on 12/12/2013 4:21:14 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ

Maybe it was m. mapes opinionspin inc.


17 posted on 12/12/2013 4:44:45 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: alarm rider; Apple Pan Dowdy; BatGuano; Battle Axe; bayouranger; bboop; BenKenobi; Biggirl; ...

Mike Adams Column


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18 posted on 12/12/2013 5:53:23 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: servo1969

Thanks for the ping


19 posted on 12/12/2013 5:53:47 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: GOPJ

Need a link?

How about the last two presidential elections where more than half the electorate voted for Santa Claus?


20 posted on 12/12/2013 5:59:32 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

“If you had common snese you would not have voted for Obama.”

Problem is; common sense is not common.


21 posted on 12/12/2013 7:03:21 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: zeestephen

(RE: “It’s because of his race.”

I disagree.

First off, Obama is mixed race, his Mother was white.

Any talk about Obama being a Black president is pure bull.

Second, America has changed.)

While I have to agree that “The One” is not “black” by the purist of standards, to blacks, he’s black, to whites, he’s black. Satisfying their desire to either have one of their own in the Office, or their desire to appear compassionate, or fair minded, or whatever motivates liberals to act as irratioanaly as they do.

And then, secondly, I have to agree with you that, at least upon my observation, American voters DO want socialism. It’s sad to see, but the education system is stacked with communist indoctrinators pouring evolution into young minds as science, and America’s shameful history re-written for the obvious agenda.

Rational thought would reveal that socialism is for losers, but the indoctrination has been thorough in adjusting these new voters’ mindset to entitlement rather than individual and national success. “Everyone wins” is a lie from the pits of hell, but it is the platform from which BOTH parties preach to gain these voters’ confidence, more successfully done by the Democrat Party.


22 posted on 12/12/2013 7:23:18 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: zeestephen
First off, Obama is mixed race, his Mother was white.

Any talk about Obama being a Black president is pure bull.

You looked so cute when you said that. I could almost hear the wind blowing through your head.

23 posted on 12/12/2013 7:43:27 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Liz; LucyT; azishot
To: All Makes you wonder how Obama got onto law school-—since there’s no record of his having attended the college he listed on his law school application.

Guess they just took him at his word-—as did all the Americans who believed him when he said “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

This says it all:

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24 posted on 12/12/2013 7:51:32 AM PST by melancholy
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To: zeestephen

“First off, Obama is mixed race, his Mother was white.

Any talk about Obama being a Black president is pure bull.”

You fail to realize that almost all “African-Americans” are mixed race with a significant influence of Caucasian genes. Virtually all Americans who are mixed race (negro and caucasian) identify as black.


25 posted on 12/12/2013 7:54:06 AM PST by Lucas McCain
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To: DuncanWaring

LOL


26 posted on 12/12/2013 8:11:12 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: melancholy

WOW! Nothing left to say except that the nightmare continues...


27 posted on 12/12/2013 8:18:29 AM PST by azishot
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To: melancholy

That poster says it all, too.


28 posted on 12/12/2013 9:22:23 AM PST by Liz
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To: GOPJ

:-)


29 posted on 12/12/2013 9:33:03 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Cyber Liberty
RE: “You looked so cute when you said that. I could almost hear the wind blowing through your head.”

I've been saying it since 2007.

I've also followed up with the obvious questions.

Is Obama a racist because he totally rejects his molecular inheritance from his white mother?

Is Obama a sexist because he identifies exclusively with his father's DNA?

Did Obama’s mother and her parents claim that Obama was Black, and Black only?

When you stop laughing at your own politically correct snark, perhaps you can add some insight to this subject?

30 posted on 12/12/2013 12:31:14 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Lucas McCain
I think we can agree that most human beings are “mixed race.”

But only a few Americans have a Black father and a white mother.

My issue with Obama is that his claim to be Black is openly racist and sexist.

Yet, Obama gets a free pass on this.

If Obama claimed to be white, there would be political outrage from all sides.

I reject the double standard.

By the way, if Obama had married a white woman, would you seriously claim that his children were Black?

I doubt it.

31 posted on 12/12/2013 12:48:14 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: GOPJ

RE: “There’s no way 50% of Americans want socialism. Give me a link to prove it.”

How about a link to the 2012 USA presidential election results?

Unemployment was near 8%, Food Stamp usage was at record levels, unemployment benefits were at record levels, the number of adults dropping out of the work force was at record levels, federal debt and federal spending were at record levels, national health insurance was being slowly phased in, Amnesty was being phased in by Executive Order, and.....

American voters went to the polls and RE-ELECTED our first Socialist president with 51% of the vote!


32 posted on 12/12/2013 1:04:24 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Being out of a job and on food stamps doesn’t mean a person’s a socialist - it means the person wants to stay alive.

I’ve known socialists - they’re never the working people... Usually they’re the type who expect to inherit money from their father who actually earned the money. The other group is old fashioned totalitarians and socialism’s an easy horse to ride... And students - who are gullible and know little about how life works.


33 posted on 12/12/2013 5:15:21 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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