Let me start by saying that all human biological lives matter. I believe that is the foremost of what our American Constitution aspires to provide for its citizens “Life, Liberty and pursuit of happiness.” So when George Floyd is deprived of his biological life without due process at hands of police brutality, that is wrong and violates our very basic believe about how the country should be.
The problem arose when we, the colored minorities, became enamored with the lives a small faction of white Americans. These are the millionaires and billionaires, these are your bosses and his bosses, these are the people on the other side of glass ceiling and bamboo fences. These people live their lives largely on the labor of others, spending their own resources mostly on the dominance over those who provides for them. These are the people filled with hubris when considering other people’s lives, the demand entitlement for what and who they are. These are the people who have little to worry about almost all the time. These are the people who never “had to do anything” and “still did it” and they always had to make sure you know that “they didn’t have to and did” thereby communicating that they are entitle something from you.
Either by intentional self-promotion or accidental exhibition, we get the impression that some people are like that and that they enjoy being that way and that they deserve it. Over the centuries of watching these happy white people go about their happy white lives, perhaps we began to aspire to it.
This developed aspiration, for myself or “my people” to achieve “White Livelihood” is wrong. Those white lives that subjugate others lives cruelly as unequals act neither justly nor fairly. Your cultural identity should have enough pride and integrity to distinguish between the righteous and the evil. The “White Life” I attempted to describe above is not worthy of your noble identity. Be proud, be strong and rise above that kind of “white people”. Hopefully, I mean this not just metaphorically or spiritually. We can strive to rise above this, all of our soul, wrapped in white, brown, black, yellow skins, we can rise above them economically and live better lives and in harmony.
Therefore, I wholeheartedly oppose government sponsored race-dependent or race-correlated service. Our constitution and laws should repeatedly affirm that we are a nation that strives to not discriminate—for any reason! The government should reaffirm that the services it provides to its citizens do not discriminate. The government should ensure that essential infrastructures do not discriminate: utilities, financial tools, medical care, education and transportation, food related services should always be provided without discrimination as a matter of law on pains of termination.
My faith that this will work partially rely on the fact that there a a whole lot of white lives, passed and living, that are really kind and that do believe in racial equality. I mean, the people who wrote this constitution were all white right? These dreams of equality and freedom, they were dreamt by all but put to practice by those blessed souls wrapped in white right? Let’s have faith in our white fellow man, let us demand that they live up to their ancestors wisdom, let us believe it! Let us really believe it. Let us really believe and really live it—equally and freely and happily!!
ACA-5, whether it passes or not is a clear sign that minorities in America need real leadership. After reading about the issues around affirmative actions for a few hours, I fee I have a basic understanding of it. I will not copy-paste Wikipedia’s explanation of the two bills, but everyone who live in California should learn about this. Last time we, colored minorities, had thoughtful leadership, it was when MLKj was still around. Dr. King, according to present day news media, advocated something called Class-based Affirmative Action. Dr. King believed that all that suffered poorness should be helped. The fact that black Americans had been systematically suppressed economically for many generations means would mean that blacks would be helped the most by class-based affirmative action. But dr. King had felt that that would be a just way to administer Affirmative Action.
It makes a lot of sense, because money is a very important cause of opportunity. Without money, we most definitely do not have opportunity. And money is incontrovertibly measurable, so it is very good way to choose who needs help.
A related idea is aptitude-based affirmative action. Is it possible to choose to help based on their actual measured aptitude? The poor student, aside from needing money to eat food, with respect to what schools can do, is to provide them with more academic help. If an Asian kid has trouble passing PE, he should be given nutritional supplements and additional Coach attention to improve his physique. If a latino kid needs a bit of extra tutorial on coding, that’s great, give it to him. And for hod sakes, please educate new immigrants on language, etiquette, financial management, basic health and safety and driving. I know this is a little bit communistic, instead of solving problem with money, I want to provide for the needs of the poorly established. But hear me out.
Would it not make sense to give to the disadvantaged what they really need? Give them the skills that our society value. And by this I mean that students who do not qualify for college really should not go to college. They should be given what they need: if community college is what they need, then let’s fund community colleges. If MOOCS are what really works, let’s fund more MOOCS. But because our society now has more support for minorities, colleges can now freely be more blind to protected attributes.
I do not want our great universities to lower their academic standards. We will be left helpless if we do not have a truly competitive higher education system on the world stage. Let’s try to build an honest and skilled workforce. Let’s improve diversity starting earlier in the education system so that we help the disadvantaged most effectively.