Friday, May 30, 2003

Multiculturalism Run Amok: In today's Globe and Mail from Canada is a story about a job opening where white people need not apply. The Canadian government wants to make sure that their government is more reflective of the country. As a member of a visible minority, this is a worthy goal, but the wrong way to get there. Hearing a job description limited to certain groups reminds me of those horrible "whites only" signs found in the American South a half century ago. There are many ways to recruit persons of color to apply for positions. Affirmative Action is not a bad idea, it is a way to make sure that the best qualified person is found for a position regarless of race or gender or sexual orientation. But telling whites that this is a "colored position" smacks of an isidoious form of racism. It is pure tokenism. Affirmative Action should be about widen the meritocracy that was limited to whites in the past. It should not be about praceling out jobs to this minority of that. If I were a betting man, I'd put good money on those who are against Affirmative Action here in the States jumping on this and showing how bad Affirmative Action is here. It seems like those who favor racial equality shoot themselves in the foot so often that the bigots don't have to do a thing.


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