Henry Gate's defense of affirmitive action back in 1996.
I guess racial diversity is in the eyes of the beholder. Blacks that are paranoid on race will call organizations "racist" or "exclusive" if the racial makeup of those organizations doesn't have a "proper amount" of other races represented. Let me explain. Lets say I run a company called the "CBA Corporation". Let's also say that my hiring requirements are very strict. Most of the positions in my corporation require people to have their Masters Degrees in Business and Economics. Let's say that I have 100 positions available. I decide to hire in order to fill those positions. In my hiring 100 applicants submitted their resumes to me. They are all very well qualified and have the academic requirements for the jobs I advertised for. Here's the sticky situation. All of the applicants that got the jobs were "white". They're were no black or other non white candidates that met the requirements when they applied. So I hired all that applied and meet the requirements. I now have a workforce of 100 people, but they are all white. As a black male, I would still be accused of "racism" by some groups and individuals, because my work force is all "white". The fact that no other person of a different race applied or had the same qualifications as the job required wouldn't matter to them one bit. Gates talked about how he was a product of affirmative action in his acceptance to Yale. Was Gates "accepted into Yale in order to "fill a racial quota" or did he "earn his way in based on his grades"? I get challenged by the affirmative action crowd from time to time on why I don't support it based on race. Since I'm not a "victim", I don't want to be treated as one. As I was watching this video, all I saw was the "oh woes me". It was the typical "I'm a black man being oppressed in a white man's world"story. Speaking of the "white man" line, Henry Gates wrote on his Yale application
"As always, whitey now sits in judgment of me, preparing to cast my fate. It is your decision either to let me blow with the wind as a nonentity or to encourage the development of self. Allow me to prove myself."
This guy has been heralded as been very smart. I challenge that claim. Gates admitted that Yale was a mostly white institution during the time of his acceptance. Since the university was mostly white, didn't it only make sense that the people "judging him" would also be white? Let me now reverse it. If a white student applied to Howard or Morgan University, wouldn't it be "blacks" that would stand in judgment of the white applicant's admittance? The part in the video of him pegging the Republicans as some sort of "racist bogeymen" was worth the view alone. Gates and people like him are the reason why the GOP should forget about reaching out to blacks. It has been common practice for black and even white Democrat liberals to label white Republicans as racists and black Republicans as "sellouts" if they didn't support affirmative action. The classics never die, they just get reused over and over again. I was just laughing my butt off watching Gates try and pin Newt Gingrich as the man that was trying to "hold blacks down" by trying to "shake them off that affirmative action tree". Talk about "racial fear mongering". Ol' Skip isn't no "unifying" symbol on the issue of race relations. I put him in the same company as Wright, Moss, Farrakhan, Jackson, Sharpton, Lowery and Obama himself. One last comment. Gates is going to have a "Red Strip" which is a Jamaican Lager at the White House. I could be wrong, but maybe this is why Henry likes Red Stripe Beer.