February 28, 2012, - 3:50 pm
Why should “The Rock’s” daughter get favored in college admissions over the kids of some poor, blue collar couple elsewhere in America? Why should she get preference over the average suburban White kid? Sadly, she will be likely be chosen over every White kid, whether it’s for college admissions or hiring or promotions in her future job.
With Affirmative Action, The Rock’s Daughter Gets Favored Over Your Kids Every Time
Fisher v. The University of Texas, a major affirmative action case dealing with race-based college admissions, is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. And I predict that, once again (as with every other affirmative action case that has come before them), the Justices will continue to favor race, gender, and ethnicity as a factor in admissions. The problem is that, as reflected in their decisions, the Supremes always consider affirmative action as if it helps some struggling guy from the ghetto, whose mother is a crack whore, to get just a tiny leg up on an upper class White guy from the burbs. Sadly, that’s not usually how it works.
In fact, the guy from the ghetto is almost never the favored one under affirmative action. Instead, it’s a privileged minority kid from the burbs who gets chosen over the vastly more qualified, far more struggling white guy (or chick) from Appalachia or rural Texas or working-class Eastpointe, Michigan. And the case is vividly illustrated with Simone Alexandra Johnson. She’s usually the archetype of the affirmative action candidate who gets admitted over a more qualified White student.
Johnson is the daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia, both multi-millionaires. Right now she’s ten years old. But in seven years or less, she’ll likely be applying to college. And she’s not just a two-fer in affirmative action stakes, she’s a four-fer. The Johnson daughter is female and half-Hispanic, 1/4th Black, 1/4th Samoan/Asian. That means she starts off with four advantages in affirmative-action based college admissions preferences over everyone else. If you’re a White male, fuhgedaboutit. You just don’t stand a chance against her. Not because she’s the better candidate. It’s just about her luck of birth.
And, yet, Simone Johnson isn’t disadvantaged. She hasn’t had to struggle against “the overwhelming odds of racism.” She hasn’t had any obstacles at all. Johnson’s father pays her mother over $22,000 per month in child support. That’s more than a lot of White kids’ parents make in a year, and yet they don’t get any extra points for that disadvantage. Her father is a major movie star with several luxury homes. Her mother is a top investment adviser who owns several companies and makes over $700,000 per year, and that’s in addition to the several hundred thousand per year she makes as a director on the boards of several corporations. Does this sound like a child who deserves a leg up when applying for college? In a few short years, she will get that . . . unless the Supreme Court finally outlaws once and for all the racism they’ve sanctioned repeatedly in decisions from Bakke to Grutter. Affirmative action doesn’t take into account her family finances versus the “disadvantage” of skin color.
Because she’s Black, Asian, Hispanic, and female, Simone Johnson–should she choose to become a doctor–will get a major greenlight every step of the way from college to med school to internships and residencies to hiring in her first full-time job as a doctor. All because she’s a multiple minority female. Given that, would you want her treating you?
I wouldn’t. And neither would a lot of people. Because they’ll never know if she really met the basic standards. They’ll never know if she really deserved the advantages she got solely because of the color of her skin. And that’s the problem with affirmative action. Good, competent, smart minorities who are extremely qualified will always be doubted because all minorities are given the undeserved extra advantage.
One of my late father’s close friends was a Black Harvard Medical School grad, Dr. Franklin. Dr. Franklin was a donor to my campaigns for the Michigan House and a conservative who believed strongly in the Second Amendment. He was a doctor’s doctor. My father, also a physician, referred a lot of patients his way. He was brilliant and gave the utmost care to his patients. But Dr. Franklin knew that despite the fact he was among the most qualified doctors bar none, his race would always serve as an obstacle to his credibility because of the specter of affirmative action that he didn’t need and despite which he excelled. In fact, he was old enough to the point that he probably never received any affirmative action, since it wasn’t practiced much or at all when he went to med school.
I had a similar friend in high school. I graduated from Southfield Senior High School, a majority Black high school. A friend of mine, Dierdre, was one of the brightest in my class, which was the last half-White class to graduate from the school. Dierdre is Black, and she knew that despite her excellence in science and math and deserved admission to the University of Michigan and most other schools to which she applied, affirmative action would always cast doubt on her achievements. Other Black students in my class were also admitted to Michigan, with crummy grades and test scores that would bar any White student from the school (other than super athletes). Dierdre resented those students because few of them worked as hard as she did. Few had excelled as she had. And, yet, because they had the same skin color, they were all admitted.
And if that isn’t racism, I don’t know what is.
To begin with, your kids and grandkids won’t have the same advantages in life as The Rock’s daughter merely because of the financial positions of her parents.
And unless the Supreme Court finally strikes down affirmative action, Simone Alexandra Johnson will also get a government-imposed, racist, bigoted advantage over your kids at every educational and professional point in their lives.
That’s just plain unAmerican.
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