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Old 07-26-2010, 03:39 PM
Rathertired Rathertired is offline
 
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Default Re: It's Hot (Tim Fernholz & Conn Carroll)

Here's a Webb quote from that Op-Ed: "Those who came to this country in recent decades from Asia, Latin America and Africa did not suffer discrimination from our government, and in fact have frequently been the beneficiaries of special government programs. The same cannot be said of many hard-working white Americans, including those whose roots in America go back more than 200 years."

If Webb thinks Asians have benefited from "special government programs" and not a strong work ethic combined with attitudes towards education, substance abuse, speaking proper English, having children within wedlock, the shame of being arrested, etc., etc. that the white working-class don't share (don't share in the least) he's delusional.

If he doesn't actually believe this (if he's even vaguely aware of what's going on with poorer whites in his home state of Virginia) then he's engaging in a pathetic feel-good lie.

If Webb wants more class-based (rather than race-based) affirmative action, fine. If he wants to talk about economics, the decline of unions or income inequality, fantastic.

But the idea that Asians are succeeding because of "special government programs" is ludicrous.

Nor are "special government programs" the reasons there are Jews on the Supreme Court (Webb begins his op-ed by talking about the Supreme Court's non-Protestant make-up!) any more than it's the reason there are so many Jews on the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins.

Webb could touch on the cultural pathologies that are now common among the salt-of-the-earth "real American" rural working-class white Protestants and their need for help (their need for "special government programs") -- instead he indulges in tawdry fantasy that's unworthy of him.

We could also go into the farce that occurs when (rural white) communities refute evolution and then find, lo and behold, that their children aren't getting into Harvard, Yale, MIT or pre-med at Carnegie Mellon, but rather are looking for jobs at Walmart. To state yet one more cultural pathology Webb ignores in favor of fantasy.

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