Affirmative Action Contradictions


President Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing the... 1964 Civil Rights Act Signed by L.B.J.

Irish Savant

I’ve always been intrigued by the fundamental contradictions that characterize affirmative action (A.A.) in its various guises.

First, there’s the blatant inconsistency, underlined most notably in sportthe only activity at which Blacks excel. The recent Winter Olympics have been attacked by numerous pundits as being for “wealthy whites“. Similar criticisms have been made of tennis and golf at various times. There’s ongoing pressure in South Africa to have the composition of the Springboks rugby team reflect “the nation at large“.

However, it never happens the other way around.

In the United States, the NBA (National Basketball Association) is almost exclusively Black, and American Football certainly doesn’t reflect “the nation at large“. It’s even more glaring in Europe where soccer is concerned. The most grotesque example is the French soccer team which is…

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