Quote of the day from the Jena Six protest (courtesty of the DailyBulletin.com):
"We need to make sure the system treats everyone equal and not go back to the days when people were treated differently within the justice system simply because of the color of their skin." --Jose Calderon, Pitzer professor of sociology and Chicano studies, who joined Thursday's silent march in Claremont.I agree with you one hundred percent, Professor Calderon. But why is that you support racial discrimination in academia, specifically in your own writings? Why, in 2001, did you write a pro-racial discrimination article in Newsday?
You wrote the following (and if anyone can find a link to this article , it would be greatly appreciated):
Critics also argue that we need "class-based" solutions such as full employment, national health care and quality education that can pull everyone up simultaneously. What they fail to point out is how people of color, even if they reach middle-class status, confront unequal resources and a glass ceiling that prevents them from moving into managerial positions.Perhaps, Professor Calderon could explain how some racial discrimination is good and while others are bad. That, after all, is his position. We know that colleges still use racial discrimination to keep out Asians, Indians, and Jews. A 2005 study by two Princeton researchers definitively showed that if racial discrimination were eliminated at the university level, Asian enrollment in college would grow.
Critics are hiding behind the argument that we need to strive for a "color blind" society, arguing that affirmative action only serves to divide working people by allowing one group to benefit at the expense of another. This logic leaves out that specific groups, because of racism and sexism, have been historically excluded or left at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
(Jose Calderon, "Suits Peril Last of Affirmative Action in Education," Newsday, March 21, 2001)
We also know, from research Richard E. Sander, that racial discrimination (or affirmative action) also hurts black and Latino law students. So why do so many still support it?