Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Colorblind

From the Wall Street Journal (TFHT Cake or Death, Hot Air):
Last year, as two vacancies appeared on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Luttig was widely reported to be on the White House short list, and his candidacy was touted by former clerks who had gone on to influential positions in the current Bush administration. But the positions ultimately went to two fellow alumni of the Reagan Justice Department, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. People close to the selection process said that it was unlikely President Bush would consider Judge Luttig for any future vacancies, as political imperatives all but precluded nomination of another white male for the high court.
Look, it's nice he was being considered for the job and all, and good for him getting a good job and all. But am I the only one who gaped at that last sentence? Does it honestly matter to people what color and sex the folks on the SCOTUS are? Really?

Maybe I'm just a sexist racist bigot homophobe due to my inherent white maleness. I Just Don't Get It, do I? Perhaps I am naive for thinking people ought to get by on their ability and merit, not because they fell screaming out of the womb looking a certain way. Fairness is not equal to preferential treatment and the federal government giving the public the impression that quotas should be used to determine who serves on the bench.

If that's the perception, is it only a matter of time before it is reality? Is that the sort of country you really want to live in?

We do this in the military, as well, by keeping track of our demographics and trying to get more women and racially diverse people into the Armed Forces, even if they don't really belong there because they are not the right kind of person to be a serviceman. Yes, I said "serviceman".

It bothers me that less qualifed people attain positions and priveleges they have not earned; I hope it's not too much to hope that such people make the most of their good fortune.

As for Judge Luttig, well, I would've taken the job at Boeing, too, if I was weighing that with remaining a part of a system that routinely discriminates against qualified people based on the color of their skin.

James at Peace On That has some related thoughts, and I have a test tomorrow.

3 Comments:

Blogger Rebekah bloody well said...

It doesn't matter to me. Sure, I was a little disappointed when Roberts was chosen instead of Janice Rogers Brown or Priscilla Owens, but when it comes down to it, the person should matter, not the race or gender.

America will never be "colorblind" as long as people continue to judge by color.

Good luck on your test, btw!

11 May, 2006 11:10  
Blogger Gyrobo bloody well said...

When will society learn that all humans are equally inferior to robots and pirates?

11 May, 2006 21:38  
Blogger Crazy Politico bloody well said...

Hey,hope the test went well.

11 May, 2006 22:01  

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