I’m about to kick a hornets nest, but somebody has to.
I was at a restaurant recently when I overheard an ideological conversation some patrons were having; it was by no means a debate as the entire group agreed with each other on everything.
I could tell by their conversation that they were liberals, so I wasn’t surprised when one of them said the principal of Separate but Equal was racist and that people who advocate it should not be tolerated. I also shouldn’t have been surprised when the same individual stated that Affirmative action (and BEE) was an acceptable way to deal with racism.
But the idea that Separate but Equal could be more racist than Affirmative action seemed like a contradiction, after all how can giving two separate groups the same rights, the same resources and the same opportunities be more racist than outright telling someone they have less of a right to work than someone else because of their race.
Certainly if black people were left to their own devices, with all the resources they could need and no outside interference, they would achieve a civilisation of equal standing to anything white people could build. Surely these liberals aren’t suggesting that black people are dependent on white people, or that they are incapable of creating a society of their own.
Under Affirmative action, the government actively interferes with an individual’s ability to find a job, effectively forcing them to start their own businesses, but then the government complains about how many white owned companies there are in the economy, something they are “fixing” with BEE. Not even children’s homes are safe, due to fact that BEE rules effectively discourage corporate donations to children’s homes that have too many white kids
And so I ask the question, how can “Separate but equal” be more racist that Affirmative action?
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