Those of us who’ve opposed affirmative action have focused on its inherent unfairness and impracticality in favouring less capable/qualified people. Essentially it means showing that favouring lower qualified ‘minorities’ over white males resulted in wasted resources, reduced performance and low levels of achievement wherever it was applied, as well as being self-evidently unfair.
The Hartford fire-fighters was typical case. Would someone of lower intelligence with less inclination to work be better positioned to make crucial on-the-spot decisions such as what length hose or what power pump? Of course showing this to be both inequitable and inefficient was as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.
But it made no difference, the madness persists.
But what if we turned the whole debate on its head? What if, instead of focusing on the under-representation of under-achieving ethnic groups, we shifted the debate to the over-representation of certain ethnic groups?
Now there’s no prize for guessing which ethnic group is massively over-represented just about everywhere, business, politics, law, medicine, academia, science – everywhere except sport. Now it’s clear to me that this over-representation is due to the same factors that cause black under-representation – intelligence and work ethic (throw in a bit of ethnic solidarity as well, of course).
The supreme irony here of course is that Jews are, and always have been, at the forefront of the AA army. Replace evil white males with under-represented minorities (read blacks). But what if Jews, think the NY Times, were asked to lead by example?
What if the next time a Jewish commentator or academic insisted on more non-white representation the response were to be ‘fine. But will you step aside and while doing so agree to reduce Jews’ representation in the Senate to two Senators, have Jews represent only 2% of Harvard’s next intake, and occupy a similar ratio on the NYT editorial board?’
Needless to say it wouldn’t work in the sense that there’d be no significant change in the ratios. But it might result in Jews shifting uncomfortably in their seats and realising that this thing could cut both ways. And the one thing you can never accuse Jews of is being unrealistic!