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Okay, that was fun. Now that it is out of my system, I realize there is still much work to be done. First I want to apologize to my readers for harping on the affirmative action issue. Afrocity is African American after all (duh) and quite concerned about the reliance of her fellow minority citizens on this system of quotas to insure our success.
I realize that I come from a different background than most of my Caucasian friends. Many had two parents, the automatic garage door, a Whiffle ball. I had one mom, a toilet that couldn’t flush without the aid of a coat hanger, and a WIC card. The thing is , despite it all, I made it. I would like to think that affirmative action had nothing to do with my success and I turned down the minority scholarship money in order to prove it. Government welfare paid to raise me as a child, I no longer need it as an adult.
A lot of emails have been coming to me calling me a turncoat. I am not against my own race. My thoughts on affirmative action reflects this by articulating that as women and minorities, we can rise to the top through our own initiative and intelligence. There is no denying that there are racial, gender, and class tensions within our society. My contention is that affirmative action only functions to dislocate discrimination, not eradicate it.
For several weeks I’ve noticed that my comments register a high piss off factor among many PUMAs who are women and gays. You know that Afrocity is a conservative PUMA, therefore you should know that Afrocity believes in self-reliance and has faith that America is a country where all dreams are possible. Even for little ovulating brown-skinned citizens like me!
Wise-cracking remarks against whites were the norm in my house, especially when it came to my mother finding a job. One parental legend was that she once applied for a secretarial position and the HR person tore up her application as soon as she left the room (mother could see her through the frosted glass door).
My mother’s response: This is proof that a black woman can never get anywhere.
Afrocity’s response: Keep on looking for a job until someone recognizes your talent and worth.
I always found it burdensome to mediate the high achiever in me with the “two strike against you” meme.
Yes Afrocity you are young, gifted and black BUT the white man serves to keep you down. Quite the self-esteem buster don’t you think? It puts a considerable amount of pressure on a child to tell them to be successful, yet warn them of the bigots and cultural boogie men that are out to get them. Why get into the race at all if I am going to lose or come in seventh? Oh, what was that? This same boogie man that is out to get me is going to institute quotas in order to help me finish the race? Isn’t this a contradiction? Doesn’t it really say that as a black woman, I am not capable of achieving anything on my own merit ? I need the majority powers that be controlling my life and pulling strings for me? A little extra pine tar on my ball to give it a special umph?
This is all false heroics on the part of the liberals. Minorities and women, vote only for the Democrats, they saved us from the boogie man and now we can eat our government cheese and breastfeed our babies at the front of the bus rather than the back.
Liberals identify with the mass hysteria approach and employ its use for rallying voter blocks of victims.
The SCOTUS Ricci v. DeStefano decision has blacks especially fearful that affirmative action is on its way to a slow agonizing death for racial equality. As with Joe the Plumber during the 2008 campaign, the liberals are now attacking Mr. Ricci digging up any perceived speck of dirt in his past.The number of times he masturbated to a Pam Grier poster, the stolen apples from a fruit stand…
Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter
July 10, 2009
By Michael Doyle and David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who’s at the center of Sotomayor’s most controversial ruling.
On the eve of Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the “troubled and litigious work history” of firefighter Frank Ricci.
On Friday, citing in an e-mail “Frank Ricci’s troubled and litigious work history,” the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way drew reporters’ attention to Ricci’s past. Other advocates for Sotomayor have discreetly urged journalists to pursue similar story lines.
Specifically, the advocates have zeroed in on an earlier 1995 lawsuit Ricci filed claiming the city of New Haven discriminated against him because he’s dyslexic. The advocates cite other Hartford Courant stories from the same era recounting how Ricci was fired by a fire department in Middletown, Conn., allegedly, Ricci said at the time, because of safety concerns he raised.
The Middletown-area fire department was subsequently fined for safety violations, but the Connecticut Department of Labor dismissed Ricci’s retaliation complaint.
No People for the American Way officials could be reached Friday to speak on the record about the press campaign.
“To go after so sympathetic a plaintiff as Frank Ricci . . . is a new low in the politics of personal destruction,” said Roger Pilon, the director of the libertarian Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. “If they were smart, they’d keep a low profile.”
Ricci, though, has his own advocates, including conservative commentators such as CNN’s Lou Dobbs and Fox’s Sean Hannity…
With his awards for bravery, some 17 years of fire department service and history of overcoming dyslexia, Ricci has become a compelling human character in the Sotomayor confirmation drama. Senate Republicans have summoned him, along with Lt. Ben Vargas of the New Haven Fire Department, as two of their 14 witnesses next week.
Though even Republicans concede Sotomayor appears poised to win confirmation, the hearing — and Ricci’s part in them — could be exploited politically. The case is symbolic of race-based preferences, which conservatives have long rejected.
“Affirmative action remains a potentially useful issue for the GOP,” Rose noted, and “this case has the potential of perhaps mobilizing the Republican party again.”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina added that many Americans can identify with Ricci, making him an especially attractive witness for the GOP and potentially dangerous for Democrats.
“He took on a second job and worked hard, but was denied due to the same legal concepts” that were designed to protect people’s rights, Graham said.
To what extent is the distinction between racism and hypocrisy? White man wins case proving that the firefighters should have all been treated equally with regards to promotion, white man has dyslexia, still passes test, white man gets probed because he wins his case.
Ricci is now the face of anti-affirmative action propaganda, a role I am not sure if he wanted but he’s got it and therefore he is now on the liberal hit list. A hit list that includes Sarah Palin because she is pro-life, former Ms. California Carrie Prejean because she is anti-gay marriage, and did include Joe the Plumber because he was anti-spreading the wealth. Thus when any person looms again as a threat on the liberal horizon, they can expect to receive gestapo like investigations and ridicule.
The Obama Era is beginning to look much like the McCarthy Era. Ricci despite being a person of “non-color” is allowed to fight for his rights or the rights of “white men” just as much as anyone is for the rights of women or minorities. The investigations into his past are showing mistrust on the part of liberals at anyone who does not tow the victim line. This goes for racially guiltless whites. I believe that Ricci and the nineteen other firefighters felt that an injustice had been carried out by the New Haven Fire Department that should not have happened in a truly democratic society.
I believe that the Ricci decision should broaden our understanding of affirmative action and serve as a starting point to abolish polarized government intervention. If liberals have a beef, they should target the decision and not the man. While I resolve to disagree with my liberal acquaintances on the necessity of affirmative action, we should at least arrive at a mutual consensus that opposition to liberal values should not be personified through the use of human targets. It is obvious that liberals see the Ricci decision as a watershed of race and gender crisis. Fair enough, but I see it as a compelling historical shift in the narrative of justice and equality that is destined for further investigation.
Autographed Letter Signed,