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Bush Comments on Affirmative Action

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posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 10:20 AM
I just watched Bush taking questions from a diversity panel of minority reporters and besides being struck by how many ways the man can say 'some of my best friends are black' :shk: I was really shocked by just how much the guy supports a very unique brand of Affirmative Action and even quotas.

I know, I know. He disavows the RNC code words of "AA" and "quotas" but tell me how his "Texas style" diversity plan is any different?

He talked about what he did to (I mean "in") Texas by requiring all Universities to take the top 10% of graduates from each high school no matter what their relative grades. This was to predominantly promote a sort of geographic diversity (read as QUOTAS) allowing children from poor communities (read as MINORITIES) the equal chance at admission (read as PRIORITY OVER MORE QUALIFIED KIDS WITH HIGHER GRADES).

So instead of just applying an effort to actively recruit minorites in proportion to the population, and when coming up short giving some weight to a less represented minority among other equally qualified applicants (which is the real way AA works, not the way Rush Limbaugh told you), he FORCES state colleges to accept the first 500 applicants from a predominantly black high school of 5,000 that may be several hundred points lower on average in SAT scores from the second or third or fourth tier of 500 applicants from another school in a predominantly white neighborhood.

This is NOT what I keep hearing conservatives say they want at all. Comments?

Anyone defend this or see it as any different, better or worse than AA? It's the same thing in my opinon, just a slightly different shell game trying to hide the impact and make the constituency think he's not for quotas. But it's the same thing! It's not merit based at all. Though it's not specifically based on race, it's based on your address. Same thing in most towns!

posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 11:00 AM
I went to a republican meeting here in my county about AA, and Bush is not speaking for the republicans at ALL... They were dead set against it....

They had minorities there debating they had two people there who weren't admitted to U of M because of their color, (white) even though she was above an 80 average ...

To answer you question no Bush is on his on on that one when speaking abou the GOP...

posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 01:48 PM
Actually, I don't think race or social class should be a factor at all when it comes to this. Those who make the grades should get what they earn. In fact, I will go to say that universities should not be permitted to know either demographic about students when accpeting them. I'm also against scholarships for athletics by state universities. If state sponsored education is to work, its all got to be acedemic. We must eliminate favoritism based upon physical ability or race. I'm not against sports teams, in fact I love them and I'm not against clubs formed based on race either...I just don't think either should warrant acceptance or scholarship into a state sponsored university. The base root of that term is scholar. Its acedemic.

posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 11:16 AM
Any type of affmirmative action must be eliminated!

A person should be placed in a profession or be accepted into a college soley on the basis of ability... not race or sexual preference or whatever.

astrocreep is correct, colleges/universities are about scholar and education. Race should have absolutely zero part.

They always say "we need to diversify our workplaces, colleges, schools, ect" Why? This is known as forced diversity which often doesen't bring about quality.. but quanity. Diversity can occur outside these institutions... but these institutions are for learning and research.. not part of this race war going on.

It is about ability.

[edit on 10-8-2004 by RedOctober90]

[edit on 10-8-2004 by RedOctober90]

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