Obama and Affirmative Action

* This convo happened between me and my American friend E, right around the time Obama clinched the nomination, but before he ruined things by kissing AIPAC ass*

Me: So Obama finally won the nomination. No more Hillary.

E: About damn time. 

Me: True. Now, I have a question: Can affirmative action be used By Obama in this election?

E: Shut it.

Me: No, for real.. i mean he is applying for a job, and it's him versus a white dude. Does he get extra votes for being black?

E: Dude, you are being stupid. Shut up!

Me: Ok, fine, but what if he and McCain split the electoral college votes equally, does he then get some extra votes? 

E: NO. He wouldn't, and you know it. Stop it!

Me: Ok, fine. Seriously now. If Obama wins, is there still an argument for affirmative action? I mean, if he wins the majority of the votes, then it could be argued that the majority of the country isn't racist, right? And if this is the case, then the racists have become a minority, so a government policy to combat nationwide racism against Blacks- with the presence of a Black President in Office- would no longer be necessary, no?

E: Nope, you are wrong!

Me: How do you figure? 

E: Because he is not the descendant of slaves.

Me: HA!!

E: He is not Black. He is African.

Me: You know, I could actually see this argument being used and working!

E: Of course it would.

Me: Only in America, ehh?

E: God Bless it!

0 comment on Obama and Affirmative Action

  1. Kurt
    June 17, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Off the subject a touch, but I don’t know Obama’s position on Affirmative Action. Personally, I can see that it’s outdated (though once useful) and not particularly constitutional, but I’ve never understood why it’s such a huge deal for some people. Oh no, racial quotas have made universities 95% white and Asian instead of 99.4% white and Asian! The horror.

    It just isn’t a priority of mine.

  2. leo
    June 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Do you always torture your friends with logic?

  3. Mike Seth
    June 26, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Your american friend is certainly correct though. Obama is a son to a Kenyan immigrant, he doesn’t descend from the same black people whose ancestors were slaves.

  4. Jason
    June 28, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    If racists are the minority, can they now get affirmative action?

    Mike Seth:
    Really? Kenya banned slavery in 1847. Not bad, really, but I guess it’s possible that Obama is descended from slaves.

    Maybe it dosen’t count if your owners weren’t white Americans?

  5. Michael
    June 30, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Haha– I love it. Such a good line of questioning…


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