President Bush today jumped into the affirmative-action debate in the US by challenging Michigan...

posted 15 January 2003
President Bush today jumped into the affirmative-action debate in the US by challenging Michigan University's "quota" system. His stance, or the stance of whoever happens to be pulling his strings at the moment, is that all people should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. That's interesting firstly because I wasn't aware that university admissions policies amounted to law, and secondly in the context of this article from two days earlier, about a study which reveals that having a "black-sounding" name in the state of California makes it 33% less likely that an employer will respond to your CV. Which of these two situations is more deserving of Presidential attention?

You'll have to forgive me: having just recently watched Bowling for Columbine, I am now strongly convinced that all of America's problems spring from its deep-rooted and institutional racism. Some people don't agree with that take and the rest of Michael Moore's extremely subjective (but very entertaining) documentary. Interestingly, Moore himself draws a different conclusion from his own documentary. I strongly recommend seeing it.

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