Two score years ago, this great country of America had fallen short on its promise of inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, towards a specific group of people. These people were labeled because of the color of their skin, and were looked down on as a lower class of human being. These people were still looked down upon, just as their ancestors were, even a hundred years after their emancipation from slavery. These views were evident in the inequality of "Separate but Equal", and "Jim Crow". These people were oppressed, and many were determined to see that they remained a lower class citizen within this very country which declared freedom and equality to all.
Affirmative action was a much needed crutch for a people who were oppressed, and given little opportunity to succeed within their own communities. These were people who were fighting for a fair chance at life, and many even felt as though some retribution was needed for past transgressions. There were many who needed incentive to stop to the oppression, segregation, and hatred towards these people. Affirmative action was a means to give these people the opportunities they deserved, and reward their hardships and long fought battles for equality.
Today, this crutch has become a dependancy for many people, and they use it not for equality, but for a free ride of sorts. Many people today threaten to cry racism every time they are threatened by their own lack of personal quality and merit. Today this crutch has made the legs of those who have used it for decades weak. It is time for them to learn to stand on their own once more, and fight equally for opportunities present it today's competitive market.
Affirmative action has had its time. Additionally, I believe that racism and other forms of inequality will never disappear until we no longer label people based on race. We are ready to take to next step towards true equality and equal opportunity, based on personal merit, with no points for being part of a minority group. We must teach the next generation that such labels are meaningless, and how giving meaning to such labels is detrimental to the inalienable rights of those who thereby become the minority.
I still have a dream, and for this dream to come true, we must rid ourselves of any value placed on labels of race. Affirmative action must be declared un-constitutional, because as supporters of the constitution, we must believe that all men are created equal, and none must be given advantage over another simply based on their ancestry. This would be a major step forward towards overcoming racism.
- Posted By Seth Hollist