The Hoya: The Futility of “Colorblindness”, Part 2

A student columnist for The Hoya, a student newspaper of Georgetown University, states emphatically that he believes in colorblindness in a column about the Jena 6.

Anyone who knows me well enough to have had conversations with me about things like this knows that I think that the concept of race is a stupid, dehumanizing method of classifying people into artificial groups for the purpose of discrimination.

Period.

Regardless of the columnist’s personal belief, race has always had an impact in the United States and the world (affecting primarily those who are not White). I will detail various facts which clearly demonstrate this grim reality.

2000 U.S. Census

In the United States, the White race is, by far, the dominant social group.

United States (population: 281,421,906 (2000 Census)

Race Percentage of population Number
White 75.1% 211,460,626
Black 12.3 34,658,190
Native American 0.9 2,475,956
Asian 3.6 10,242,998

It is not surprising, then, to see that all of the societal advantages go to the dominant group.

Justice Harlan’s Dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson

Justice John Marshall Harlan, in Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), stated that Whites believed in White supremacy, but the Constitution prohibited the law from enforcing it and, most significantly, from protecting Blacks from the effects of White supremacy doctrines.

The white race deems itself to be the dominant race in this country. And so it is, in prestige, in achievements, in education, in wealth and in power. So, I doubt not, it will continue to be for all time, if it remains true to its great heritage and holds fast to the principles of constitutional liberty. But in view of the Constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens.

Harlan’s dissent is, at best, racially indifferent to the plight of Blacks, certainly not an opinion to admire in the slightest.

President George W. Bush’s Comments to Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar

The Washington Post, in reporting the discovery of transcripts describing the conversation between President George Bush and Spain’s former Prime Minister Jose Aznar, showed that race was an issue during the buildup toward the war against Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003.

In the transcript, translated from Spanish by The Washington Post, Bush said that Europeans were insensitive to “the suffering that Saddam Hussein has inflicted on the Iraqis” and added: “Maybe it’s because he’s dark-skinned, far away and Muslim — a lot of Europeans think he’s okay.” But Bush was happy to play the “bad cop,” he said. “The more the Europeans attack me, the stronger I am in the United States.

These few examples make manifest that “colorblindness” is a horrible fantasy.

Note: Click on the affirmative action category in the right column for my previous post, “Colorblindness”: An Impossibility in the United States.

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