01/25/2005: Living in a Fairy Tale?
I must be living in fairy tale. And I must be a "whipping post"...I knew it!!!
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A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (DynaLantic Corp. v. U.S. Department of Defense) is considering whether the U.S. Department of Defense's use of racial preferences in its purchase of goods and services is constitutional.
William Perry Pendley, of Mountain States Legal Foundation, stated in his (amicus curiae) friend of the court brief:
"We are pleased to bring to the court's attention evidence of the lie Congress told itself when it ordered federal agencies to discriminate against 'White Americans' when awarding contracts"I hope the court and Congress will conclude, not only that racial preferences are unconstitutional, but also, after reading Webb's scholarship, that they lack a factual basis."
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, by James Webb, book argues that racial preferences are based on two false assumptions:
"Anyone who was not a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) had grounds for complaint about his or her people's collective 'struggle.' And anyone who was a WASP was by default a privileged, less-than-deserving whipping post…. A greater variation within 'white America' than there was between white America and black America. … Thirty years of (these programs) have not altered this reality; instead, they have exacerbated it," Further, Webb writes, "the vast distinctions among white Americans" demonstrate that the "statistical straw man of 'white America'" used to justify racial preferences is "an imaginary facade. Indeed, white America is so variegated that it is an ethnic fairy tale."
Karen on 01.25.05 @ 10:00 AM CST