The jury was in many, many years ago. “”Affirmative action”” is blatantly racist and discriminatory. The points system used at the University of Michigan for undergraduate admission, and the quota system it uses for acceptance to its medical school, are perfect examples of what has gone wrong with what, at one time, seemed to be a good idea.

At the University of Michigan, if you are black, Hispanic or Native American you are automatically awarded 20 points on a 150-point system. If you attain a perfect score on your SATs you are awarded 12 points.

What is wrong with this picture?

Academic achievement, hard work, intelligence and leadership are worth 40 percent less than the color of your skin? If you are Caucasian, Asian, Arabic, etc., you are 20 points in the hole before you even apply to attend the University of Michigan!

Racism is racism, discrimination is discrimination, no matter what color your skin is.

As the old saying goes, “”two wrongs don’t make a right.””

Political correctness, diversity, tolerance and multi-culturalism, when taken to the extreme, are destroying the very social fabric of this country. In the United States, somewhere along the line, intelligence, hard work, innovation, invention, success, incentive, responsibility and accountability were replaced by an endless array of entitlement programs, socialist programs, income redistribution schemes and an overall attitude of “”ask not what I can do for my country, but ask what my country can do for me.””

What happened to pride?

What happened to responsibility and accountability for our own actions?

What happened to accomplishment?

What happened to self-determination?

Ted Kennedy, Tom Daschle, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the left wing liberal hypocrites in the political arena who still support affirmative action, social division and class warfare under the guise of diversity, multi-culturalism and tolerance should re-read the words of the great Martin Luther King Jr.: “”I have a dream. That one day my children will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.””

Steve Troup, Rumford

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