January 19, 2003
Read the Fine Print, Condi Rice Supports Affirmative Action for Dumb White Men Like Her Boss
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Condi Rice, a high-profile Bush administration official (who just happens to be African-American -- "wink-wink, nod-nod") makes a carefully strategized statement that vaguely supports race being a potential consideration in college admissions, but, you got it, also fully backs the heavy-handed Bush Cartel brief challenging a University of Michigan system that includes race as a consideration among equally qualified candidates:
According to CNN (See: http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/17/rice.action/index.html), "The White House released a rare statement from Rice the same day that a story in "The Washington Post" credited her with taking a key role in helping to shape the Bush administration's decision to challenge the affirmative action admissions policy at the University of Michigan."
Let's examine for the moment how the Bush Cartel lies as it tries to position the University of Michigan admissions process as a "quota" system, which it is anything but. The U of M doesn't admit unqualified blacks in order to achieve a certain percentage of minorities, which is what the Bush administration is implying because the use of the word "quota" is code-word race-baiting that gets the GOP closet racists all in a lather. The strategic use of the phrase "quota system" is one in a long line of Bush Cartel Neo-Confederacy code words, used to rev up the "Johnny Rebs," even when these inflammatory code words are completely dishonest. It is also used to set up class resentment among working class whites who believe that unqualified blacks and Hispanics are "stealing" their children's slots at state schools. In short, it is Bush cartel race-baiting.
The University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman directly disputes the notion that the University of Michigan implements or condones a quota system:
But Bush, a white male prep school affirmative action admission at Yale, doesn't let truth get in the way of appeasing his Neo-Confederacy core group of voters.
The Chicago Tribune, in a January 18th front page story, argues that the Bush court filing in the University of Michigan case actually takes a much, much harsher stand than Bush is implying:
So that brings us back to Condi and her highly orchestrated statement of non-dissent dissent. Like most such Karl Rove-inspired press comments, it is meant to assuage moderate suburban white women voters, while meaning nothing in terms of changing the substance of the latest anti-multi cultural society Bush initiative. It is a pro-white affirmative action policy shrouded in legalese and Neo-Confederacy code word mumbo jumbo. Condi pulls off a typical Rovian Orwellian rope-a-dope: She appears to "split" with Bush, while still supporting his action. The White House then gets "image enhancement" mileage out of having a black female appear to be allowed to challenge Bush, when she was apparently one of the key architects of the policy under fire.
One BuzzFlash reader e-mailed us that maybe Condi was the recipient of affirmative action in her academic admissions -- and that this was a pre-emptive way of undercutting a future revelation that would embarrass the White House. We don't know the answer to this possibility, but we do know that no matter what the reason, Condi's statement doesn't have any impact on the ruinous effort that the Bush Cartel is launching to help close the door of opportunity at America's universities to minorities who don't have the last name of Bush.
all, as a former University of Michigan president pointed out, it's
not like they
are giving admission
who are slackers like George W. Bush
If Condi were the recipient of affirmative action in her academic career, God bless her. After all, the anti-affirmative action Supreme Court hero to the right wing, Clarence Thomas, was a recipient of affirmative action at Yale Law School. And the right wing keeps telling us how this one Supreme Court justice who almost never says a word is brilliant. And George W. Bush would probably have been working as a Jiffy Lube grease monkey (no offense to Jiffy Lube workers) if his affirmative action "Legacy status" didn't allow him to leap frog over more talented minorities, Jews and smarter working class whites to get into Yale, just because of his WASP bloodline. (If anyone has any doubt about that, Bush was ironically turned down at a public school, the University of Texas Law School, because of his poor academic performance. Bush could only receive "rich white boy affirmative action for underachieving students" at private schools. "That fall, as his father raced Bentsen for the Senate seat, both Bush and Ensenat [a Bush friend], who had already entered law school at the University of Houston, applied for admission to the University of Texas law school. Both were rejected," according to a July 28, 1999, Washington Post article.)
At about the time Clarence Thomas was admitted because of affirmative action to Yale Law School -- and W. had just finished up his sad-assed "academic" career as a WASP affirmative action student at Yale -- two people were admitted to Yale Law School based strictly on merit -- no legacy points, no pull from powerful political figures, just sheer raw academic talent and accomplishment: they were Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham.
Ain't that the ironic truth.
BUZZFLASH NOTE: Throughout his life, George W. Bush has benefited from affirmative action for white guys of mediocre accomplishment and ability. While the white working class guys he tries to lure into voting for him by championing against "code" issues like "race quotas" were getting killed in Vietnam, Bush used affirmative action clout to get into the Texas Air National Guard. While in the Texas Air National Guard, he chose not to volunteer to fight in Vietnam. He spent most of the war screwing women, drinking alcohol and allegedly snorting cocaine, while flying planes to guard Abilene, Texas, from enemy attack. Now, do you think a black college kid named Tyrone could have gotten that coveted slot in the Texas Air National Guard?
Here is the Washington Post (July 28, 1999) account of how George W. Bush escaped serving in Vietnam and let other men die in his place, all as a result of affirmative action for a mediocre white guy:
ADDITIONAL BUZZFLASH NOTE: Perhaps Rove was also concerned about pre-empting press disclosure that Rice praised affrimative action while at Stanford University. (See: also "Rice: Race Can be a Factor in College Admissions," http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8578-2003Jan17.html)
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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