Friday, June 25, 2004
There is ONE reason that is always brought up to condemn Bush when I suggest that blacks should vote for Bush. That is of course his stand against affirmative action. Bush like the majority of Americans don't support affirmative action. I am sure I and many of my friends have benefited from it, so I personally support it.
Unfortunately its an idea who's time has past. The program has been flawed from the start because it was elitist. Yes its nice to help the top 2% of black America but that leaves out the other 98 percent. Thus its not a program that is well designed to help black people. As this NYTimes article states not only does it piss off the majority of Americans it also fails to help those who it was designed to help. We need to refocus on solution like NCLB which help all black children get a better education.
While about 8 percent, or about 530, of Harvard's undergraduates were black, Lani Guinier, a Harvard law professor, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of Harvard's African and African-American studies department, pointed out that the majority of them, perhaps as many as two-thirds, were West Indian and African immigrants or their children, or to a lesser extent, children of biracial couples.
They said that only about a third of the students were from families in which all four grandparents were born in this country, descendants of slaves. Many argue that it was students like these, disadvantaged by the legacy of Jim Crow laws, segregation and decades of racism, poverty and inferior schools, who were intended as principal beneficiaries of affirmative action in university admissions.
One with think with a blog titled Blacks for Bush it means you are part of the Bush team and so I should proudly post my logo. I don't do that, because this blog is for blacks not for Bush.
There are clear policy choices in this election that will affect lives of the majority of black Americans, in this election the republican party, Bush in particular, has more to offer us than the democrats. Unfortunately we will not be able to benefit from them unless we vote for Bush in 2004. Bush has stood by his supporters again and again, those who don't support him get ignored. The majority of black America can not afford to be ignored by the government.
Do you want to send you child to the best school available? If so vote republican.
Do you want to bring back the draft? If so vote for the democrats.
Do you want to cut taxes for business? If so vote for Kerry.
Do you want to help people in Africa ? If so vote republican.
Its about policy.