What’s Wrong With This Picture?

The Bush administration has taken a firm stand opposing affirmative action in university admissions by weighing in on two cases to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. (This really should come as no surprise, since the White House was strangely silent when most of the rest of the U.S. finally came to its senses about Trent Lott.)

But, oddly, the Republican Party seems to be actively courting African Americans to join its ranks.

Something doesn’t add up. On the one hand, you have an organization that claims that no help is needed in achieving parity (in the cases of university admissions); on the other hand, there needs to be a concerted effort to increase numbers to achieve parity within its own ranks. Hmmm. Could this be a public relations ploy?

Most African Americans saw through this kind of hypocrisy in the 2000 election (those who were allowed to vote, that is). Only 8% of African Americans voted for Bush. With this kind of covert racism coursing through the veins of the Republican Party, one can only hope that that percentage will decrease in the next election.