The systematic deconstruction of fairness

Don't miss Victor Davis Hanson's "Lost in the Labyrinth of Race."

Hanson has spotted so many of the perverse twists and turns in the pretzel logic that calls itself "affirmative action" and "identity politics" that for those who love to hate bad logic, this piece is a pure joy to savor.

Like this delicious excerpt:

The conservative TV newsreader named Joe Lopez, who does not trill his r's, and is politically inconspicuous, will not be given as much preference as the 'Latina' who pronounces Spanish-names with Spanish accents, adds accents to her own name, and is prominent in liberal causes. Consider the antithetical treatment accorded to a Miguel Estrada versus Sonia Sotomayor, or a dark conservative Clarence Thomas versus an Eric Holder of Barbados ancestry. Estrada, remember, was targeted by the left precisely because he was Hispanic.
Or this:
Had Barack Obama kept his assumed name Barry, and used his mother's maiden name-logical, given the Dunham family's exclusive caretakership of young Barack-a Barry Dunham might have appeared far less exotic and authentically black than Barack Obama.
How true. A simple twist of fate could have changed the fate of the nation. That's because even though the identity politics pretzel logic might be very twisted, it's twisted in a very particular way. But for the special twist supplied by his appealing name, "Barry Dunham" would probably still been languishing in the Illinois state legislature where he belongs.

History can be so random, and fate so arbitrary. So unfair, even!

(As if fairness has anything to do with things done in the name of fairness...)

posted by Eric on 06.01.09 at 11:28 AM


"Heil Schicklgruber!" just doesn't have the same appeal, does it?

Robert   ·  June 1, 2009 4:09 PM

Oh're taking some ordinary examples of people arbitrarily judging each other based on superficial characteristics -- the kind of thing people have done to each other throughout history, especially in the extra-shallow world of showbiz -- and pretending it's the result of "affirmative action" and "identity politics?"

And as if that weren't dumb enough, you then try to imply that Obama's scary-sounding foreign name got him elected President? You're sure the total failure of Republican/Libertardian policies and ideology had nothing to do with it?

Raging Bee   ·  June 2, 2009 1:26 PM

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