Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Strategic Mistake In Taking Offense Against The "Affirmative Action Bake Sale"


NPR's "Tell Me More" - Michel Martin - No Fresh Ideas In Berkeley Affirmative Action Bake Sale




Michel Martin makes what I believe to be a tactical and strategic mistake with regards to her arguments with the "Berkeley Affirmative Action Bake Sale".

First let me applaud her for suggesting what I had suggested - BUY LOW AND SELL HIGH!!!
Send the person who gets the biggest discount to purchase all of their inventory.  Set up a table of their own and sell the baked goods at market price.  Keep the profits.   Case closed - move on to pick up your MBA in Marketing and Finance for you are worthy.

My issue with Mrs Martin is with her list which functions as a "Brush Back Pitch" to back the College Republicans off of the plate.

Surely if our goal is to have an "intellectually honest" conversation as Mrs Martin suggests then we should note that the same "Subprime loans" that she claims Black people are directed into is for the purchase of STOLEN LAND that she slammed the 'European Land Thieves" that call themselves "European Settlers" - this dependent upon your perspective.

Mrs Martin fails to talk about the legacy in which new businesses have been created since eternity from market conditions in which people believed that their own interests and desires have not been catered to.  The great "too big to fail" Bank Of America has its roots in European immigrants who were not provided equal access to other financial institutions during the "Wild West" times in this nation prior to anti-discrimination laws.

By far the biggest challenge that I have for Mrs Martin's argument is her miss opportunity to tie the needs of the Black community together with the HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS  that our community has at our disposal.  While she makes the quality of public schools a province of the exclusive housing covenants which allowed Whites to build up home equity and thus wealth - there is no real barrier to public schools WITHIN the Black community today to be all high quality academic institutions but for the exceptional few.    Surely there are schools that achieve this end today - despite the claims of funding challenges.

Thus my point against Mrs Martin's tactics.

From the perspective of "time and dimensions" she focuses her arguments upon the elite colleges with a competitive admissions system.  

The Misallocated Focus In The Battle Over Elite Schools Rather Than "The Wide Middle"

Holding a Four-Year College Degree Brings Blacks Close to Economic Parity With Whites

When we plot out the relative proportions sizes of the population segments in question it brings forth clarity on what we SHOULD BE focusing upon.  Without it we are prone to gravitate toward the "points of fissure" as we do combat.

I would rather have an additional 100,000 college educated Black people from mid-level schools above the present rate of matriculation over a 1,000 head count increase in Blacks from elite schools.   These 100,000 Blacks would make their way into middle level management in corporations, local small businesses.  They would marinate the market more comprehensively and render more lasting outcomes than does that rare Black person that rises to the top of corporations and government.

We are presently misallocating our focus.

I believe that Mrs Martin errs because her "historical overhang" ultimately argues the notion that the PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT FAVORABLE PEOPLE RUN TODAY cannot surmount the damage that history has caused the 6 year old little Black boy who sits in the first grade - despite having been born in conditions that Black people exist in the year 2005.

It sets the stage for the agreement to look past the failings of:

  • Our schools
  • The adult governance of our homes
  • The needed cultural upkeep of our communities
All of this just to throw a "brush back pitch" which renders an indictment.

I don't accept this tactic.
WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD to accept this as a tactic.  

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