From Civil Rights to ‘Diversity’

In a nation where the issue of race never seems fully resolved, we are once again faced with the question of what to do with affirmative action. America is committed to the principle that each of us is equal at birth and has a constitutional right to be treated equally by our government. We enshrined this right in the 14th Amendment. But the spirit of fairness sometimes compels us to deviate from our basic principles in order to become a more perfect union.

America has come a long way since 1939 when I was born in Jim Crow, Louisiana. 1961 President John F Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925, which required federal contractors to take “affirmative action” to ensure employees are not discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color or national origin. It was not intended to discriminate against formerly favored groups. “Race has no place in American life or law,” JFK said. From Civil Rights to ‘Diversity’

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