RACIAL QUOTAS VERSUS CIVIL LIBERTIES
December 6, 1995
Critics have long complained that quotas, protections and set-asides based on race, ethnicity and sex have replaced individual conscience and persuasion as avenues to social progress. By pursuing this course, they argue, we have become a country in which people have different rights under the law based on their race and sex. Among their criticisms:
- The federal government has 160 race and sex preference programs.
- Government contractors and spending programs are awash in set-asides and quotas.
- Corporations -- which once promoted on merit -- now reserve fast career tracks for "protected minorities."
- Managers risk pay cuts and low "diversity report card" ratings for failing to promote by quota.
- Museums have been attacked for having too few exhibits by women and minority artists.
- They reject employment quotas by 63 percent to 35 percent; college admission quotas by 57 percent to 39 percent.
- Favoring a less qualified "protected minority" over a white applicant is rejected by 84 percent.
- Even blacks disapprove of this policy by 68 percent to 22 percent.
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