Thursday, June 22, 2017

Affirmative Action

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Black Outrage Selma

The headline of a leading “black news” publication, The Root, screamed “Selma’s Oscar Snub a Complete Injustice.”

While the film about the civil rights movement was nominated for best film, and best song, that wasn’t good enough for activists in the black community.

Writer Stephen Crockett lamented, “Two?! Ava DuVernay, who seemingly had a real chance to become the first black woman director to get an Oscar nomination, failed to get a nod, as did actor David Oyelowo, whose performance as the civil rights icon has earned praise from all corners.”

The Hollywood Reporter took the lack of recognition along racial lines a step further with the headline, “Oscars: Acting Nominees All White.”

All nominees were also white as recently in 2011 and 1998.

As with affirmative action based hiring, merit appears to go beyond . . . . well . . . merit in the eyes of those upset with the nominations.

In the case of Selma, critics have stated that the production team behind the film failed to send screeners to members of the Academy – a surefire way to go unnoticed during nominations.

Lauren Duca with the Huffington Post cried, “2015 will be the worst year for diversity in Hollywood.”

She went on to elaborate by writing, “If there’s a lesson to be learned here it’s that we have a long way to go before we can truly talk about progress being made. Also: this sucks.”

Is progress giving awards, jobs and recognition to people based on the color of their skin or is progress the ability to look past race and recognize talent and skill?

Note that those complaining of the lack of diversity are not claiming racism, they are simply protesting the lack of recognition to black actors and directors regardless of merit . . . which in the end begs the question, who is the racist?

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Kennedy Affirmative Action

DiversityInc, “the dominant ‘diversity’ publication” announced the opening of their annual competition on Tuesday to pick the 50 “best” diverse corporations.

While diversity extends beyond race and includes gender, sexual preference, disabilities and veterans, the competition appears to be nothing more than a political correctness talent show.

2014’s winner, Novartis Pharmaceuticals prides itself with 40% of its workforce falling into “15 employee resources groups.”

The drug company also touts its performance and goal process that adds 20% weighting to matters of diversity.

To the company’s credit, Novartis stock has increased by 20% in the past year.

Other companies that fell into DiversityInc’s top 50 in 2014 were:

  • Sodexo
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Master Card
  • Procter & Gamble
  • General Mills
  • Target
  • IBM
  • Coca Cola
  • Walt Disney
  • Time Warner
  • Monsanto

The U.S. government has allowed affirmative action programs since 1961 when President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925.

As with any government program, an industry has grown around race-based hiring and contracting that is now immense, and wrought with fraud.

The government’s 8(a) program within the Small Business Administration provides preferential contracts and bidding to minority-owned businesses. In 2011, one business alone, Alaska Native Corporation, was caught submitting fraudulent bills to the government totaling more than $20 million.

In addition to government programs that focus on diversity, this political correct movement has infected the private sector, which has now institutionalized diversity in nearly all of America’s large businesses.

This is largely due to legal requirements of companies with more than 100 employees to report the race and ethnic categories of their employees to the EEOC.

Modern companies that place pride in recruiting talent, regardless of race, ethnicity or religious or sexual preferences are recognized annually with awards . . . but most of those companies are not based in the United States.

While many would assume DiversityInc is a group led by Al Sharpton, it’s a company owned by Luke Visconti who publishes a column titled, “Ask the White Guy.”

As with the tactics of Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, many studies have questioned the benefit of affirmative action and the diversity industry. Has it lead to increased diversity or increased division?


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