The recent Supreme Court decision to support affirmative action begs
the question: When the whites are the minority, will affirmative
action be there for them? The white population is
declining. In less than three generations the whites will be a
minority. Will the courts then need to defend the rights of
whites to be educated, or will we all follow Frederick Douglass'
words: "Stand on your own two feet!"
26, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 652
Will The Supreme Court Remember
Affirmative Action When Whites Are Minorities?
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--June 26,
2003-- Sandra Day O'Conner, who wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4
decision to uphold giving minorities "special consideration" in the
admission process to Michigan University's law school, said that
racial discrimination in admissions will be illegal in 25 years.
Michigan students celebrate the affirmative action rulings by the
O'Conner, the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court,
wrote the majority opinion, allowing racial consideration to be
applied in the admission process.
But, in another ruling regarding undergraduate
admission policy, the court ruled against allowing universities to
give "points on race." Michigan was automatically allowing
20 out of 100 admission points to applicants who were
minorities--Hispanics, blacks and Native Americans.
Critics of affirmative action include black Justice
Clarence Thomas. His
dissenting opinion against the use of
affirmative action included an opening statement by Frederick Douglass
from 140 years ago, telling abolitionists to leave the negroes alone,
and let them stand on their own two feet. To not give them
any preference over any other person, except the equal right to
O'Connor wrote the majority opinion
Ironically, it was a
white woman in favor of affirmative action and a black man against it.
Thomas gave a dissenting opinion against the use of Affirmative
Thomas may be foreshadowing the future when whites are the minority,
and will be deprived of representation in America's education
opportunity as the minorities have been.
Looking ahead, white Americans are moving down
the population scale while minority groups are rising up.
The Bureau of Census reports that in 1970 the
percent of minorities--Hispanics, blacks, Asians and Native
Americans--represented 16 percent of the U.S. population.
In less than one generation, 30 years, the 1998 data reveals that
number jumped to 27 percent.
Projections by the Census Bureau not that
by 2050, half the population will be minorities.
Regions in the nation may exceed those
numbers at a faster rate. Currently, the West has a
minority population of 36 percent, the South represents 30 percent
minority population, the Northeast, 23 and the Midwest, 15 percent.
Data from the
Population Resource Center show whites have the lowest fertility
The Population Resource
Center, a public policy demographic group, tracks the shift in
population throughout America. One of the startling endorsements
of the impending "minoritization" of the white population, termed
Non-Hispanic whites, is the low fertility rate of whites.
Fertility rates measure the growth of
a certain group by the number of children they bear. Highest
were Hispanic women, with 2.9 children, 2.2 children for blacks, and
1.8 for whites.
Like a savings account, if you spend
more than you put in, one day you'll be bankrupt.
And, that's the issue.
America is moving at lightening speed
to become a nation where the former white majority is on a collision
course to become the minority.
But will the future majority remember
the Supreme Court's decisions of affirmative action in 2003 when it's
the year 3000?
There seems to be a dilemma in the
foundation of affirmative action decisions. Much of the
force behind affirmative action is in opposition to what Fredrick
Douglass spoke about fourteen decades ago. Decisions to
favor minorities are rooted in reparation--i.e., a payback for the ill
treatment of blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans by the Manifest
Destiny of white America when it built the nation.
Slavery, the ravaging of Native American Indian and Hispanic land, and
the national "guilt and shame" for ill treatment of minorities play a
big role in current laws.
As a Sentinel of Vigilance, I am for
the equal treatment of all citizens, regardless of race, color or
creed. But, at the same time, at what point does
affirmative action cross the line into reverse discrimination?
At what point is the "debt" for injustice paid, if ever at all?
worker for justice and equal opportunity, and defender of women's
rights, Douglass believed and wrote about the "African American
standing on his own two feet"
questions were summed up in Fredrick Douglass' comments. He
spoke about the African American "standing on his own two feet," and
that the more interference imposed in an attempt to "right wrongs"
would spoil his chances of becoming an independent person, rising
about the challenges.
Giving people advantages because of
race is an antithesis to "rugged individualism." It creates
another unnecessary blanket of comfort spread over a group that has
learned to "expect" preferential treatment as compensation for past
ills. It softens the challenges and obstacles of life and
provides an entitlement that, in the long run, may foster and
perpetuate resentments and bigotry rather than assuage them.
And that is the prime question
regarding the un-Manifest Destiny of the whites.
In the future, will the minority
white population be given any special treatment as its group
depreciates? Will the Supreme Court take the attitude of
Justice Thomas, and deny the rights of the whites any special
consideration when they find themselves trying to gain seats in the
educational system of the future? Or, in the future, will
it rise above the prejudice and bigotry that over time may accrue and
backlash against the white population by denying them the same
"affirmative action" that is being offered minorities today?
Those who promote a "blending" of
America, based on interracial marriages, where whites would are
absorbed into the general population, face a dim outlook. The
current interracial marriage rate, as reported by the Population
Center, is only 2 percent. It is far too small to count on a
nation of "singular ethnicity."
Terrorism takes many forms. One
of its most cruel configurations is bigotry and prejudice against one
group because of its race, color or creed. When we measure
another by their outsides rather than their insides, when we decide
the "good" or "bad" of a person by visual methods rather than through
their actions as human beings, we become Beasts of Prejudicial Terror.
undergraduate student of the University of Michigan protests in
front of the Supreme Court after the ruling
cannot be achieved by giving gifts to another. Vigilance
is about Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that benefit future
generations. Vigilance means we face the obstacles of life
with expecting others to pave the road for us.
A gift is a device of
Terrorism. Terrorism's elements: Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency have the worst of their venom in the latter, Complacency.
Complacency is defined as expecting someone else to do what is right
Americans, or citizens of any
nation, who wait for their governments to enact laws, or to impose
security devices to protect them from Terrorism threats have stripped
themselves of their parental duty to their children, and their
community's children, to insure the future safety of their Children's
The ultimate duty of protecting
ourselves rests with each of us, as Sentinels of Vigilance, Parents of
Vigilance, Grandparents of Vigilance, Loved Ones of Vigilance.
Decades ago, Fredrick
Douglass shouted out the importance of Vigilance. He made the
following statement that Justice Thomas used to write the dissenting
opinion on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold affirmative action.
Frederick Douglass in Justice Thomas'
Dissenting Opinion Against Affirmative Action
``(I)n regard to the colored people, there is always more that
is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us.
What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not
sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always
been anxious to know what they shall do with us... . I have had
but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your
doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do
nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of
their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they
are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! ...And if
the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I
ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him
alone! ...(Y)our interference is doing him positive injury.''
What the Black Man Wants: An Address Delivered in Boston,
Massachusetts, on 26 January 1865, reprinted in 4 The Frederick
Douglass Papers 59, 68 (J. Blassingame & J. McKivigan eds. 1991)
(emphasis in original).
Following this tack, when the white majority today soon morphs into
the minority, just two generations from now based on current
projections, there will be no affirmative action for the white
minority. Whites will be expected to "stand on their own
America's power as a Sentinel
of Vigilance is not about blacks or whites expecting special treatment
the seed of the future
about blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, white and Asians all
standing on their own feet not for each other, but for the
future of their Children's Children's Children.
Only when we look beyond our
differences do we find our similarities. The tool that
gives us the power to see past our bigotry and prejudice, our
resentments and angers towards one another, is and always has been the
Children are the symbol of our
collective innocence. They are the seed of the future, the magic
of purity and unity.
If we all focus on how we can treat
each other as Collective Parents of Vigilance, dedicated to the future
of our children, our colors will melt. If we stop
feeding the Beast of Terror the fuel of Complacency--stop playing the
race card--when whites become the minority in this nation, they will
not need affirmative action.
One of the
great Sentinels of Vigilance
They will need
to recall the call of Frederick Douglass, one of the great Sentinels
You can write your own Supreme Court
decision on the issue today. You can take the Pledge of
Vigilance, and protect your children's rights.
Don't worry, you won't be the first.
If you read Frederick Douglass' words closely, he signed it long ago.
June 25--Manifest Destiny of Custer's
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