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His plea has fallen on deaf ears. Townhall columnist Rachel Alexander points out several ways in which, despite ballot initiatives spearheaded by Connerly passing in various states banning affirmative action, the Obama administration moves full steam ahead with policies of racial preference. Obamacare legislation contains race-based preferences, and hospitals and healthcare providers have been given notice to come up with affirmative action plans or risk being audited and fined. Contractors who train individuals from underrepresented minority groups will receive preferences when applying for contracts from the Department of Health and Human Services. The federal stimulus funds also included preferences. The Department of Justice is selectively enforcing voting rights and also intends to use the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to favor minorities when redistricting Congressional districts, even though there’s no longer any evidence of real discrimination. The administration has intervened in high-profile lawsuits defending affirmative action. Don’t forget Obama’s appointment to the Supreme Court of “wise Latina” Sonia Sotomayor because apparently she can come to better judicial conclusions than a white male. As Rachel Alexander puts it,
Obama is implementing his own unofficial form of affirmative action by appointing minorities and women who support race and gender preferences to top posts in his administration, ensuring its perpetuation.
Affirmative action isn’t the only aspect of Obama’s detrimental impact on race in America. “My view on race has always been that it’s complicated,” Obama told Rolling Stone. “It’s about interactions.” If so, then his interactions as President have definitely complicated matters. He may have ridden the wave of an historic promise (however illusory) into the White House, but since then he has heated race relations to the boiling point. He has empowered and emboldened race-profiteering demagogues like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, Jr., violent race radicals like the New Black Panthers, and blacks in political power like Attorney General Eric Holder and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who have embraced this opportunity for racial payback while hypocritically dismissing Obama’s critics as racist.
From insulting the white police officer who properly arrested Obama’s black academic buddy Henry Louis Gates, Jr., to ramping up racial tensions over the killing of black Trayvon Martin by a “white Hispanic” (both of which were mere criminal incidents that a President should not have lowered himself to comment upon), our first (half-)black President has done more to set back race relations in this country than anyone since O.J. Simpson.
On the heels of Obama’s election in 2008, in an article titled “Obama’s Post-Racial Promise,” Shelby Steele wrote that “There is nothing to suggest that Obama will lead America into true post-racialism,” and that “culturally and racially, he is likely to leave America pretty much where he found her.” Three and a half years later, it seems Steele was right about the former statement, but unfortunately very wrong about the latter. Leaving America where Obama had found her culturally and racially would be immeasurably better than the brink he has led her to thus far.
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