- Oct 29, 2019
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Using race and gender instead of local and small just creates animosity. The later two will achieve the same ends while not excluding someone based on immutable characteristics.There is a foot race between Al and Bob. At the sound of the gun, Al takes off at full speed, but Bob is jumped by Al's friends who tie his feet together and his hands behind is back. Still, the race proceeds with Al going full speed and Bob crawling on the floor towards the finish line.
When Al reaches the quarter marker, the race official says "hmm, that's not fair. Untie Bob's feet". Bob can now run, but with his hands tied behind his back, he really can't achieve full speed. Al of course is just cruising full speed towards the finish line.
As Al reaches the midpoint, the race official says "hmm... that's not fair... untie Bob's hands". Now Bob can run at full speed, but obviously is way behind Al, who's been running full speed all of this time.
As Al reaches the 3 quarter marker, the race official says "hmm, we have not been fair to Bob all this time. Al needs to stop until Bob catches up to Al". Then Al's friends start shouting "That's not fair! They are equal now... don't discriminate against Al!"
DBE may not perfect, and maybe (probably) it is unfair that the sons pay for the sins of the fathers, but still it is trying to correct a wrong that for decades did incalculable social and economic damage to one side of the tracks, while fully benefiting the other.
Some people may say "too bad for your parents and your grandparents, I had nothing to do with that", but they'd be the same people who benefited for the privilege afforded to their parents and grandparents. Of course, "too bad" works both ways.