James Meeks: Racialist Spoils System Should Only Benefit Blacks
Sorry, women. Sorry, Hispanics. Chicago mayoral candidate James Meeks says quota spoils in the form of set-aside city contracts should go only to blacks:
“The word ‘minority’ from our standpoint should mean African American. I don’t think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title,” he said. “That’s why our numbers cannot improve — because we use women, Asians and Hispanics who are not people of color, who are not people who have been discriminated against.”
If Meeks gets his way, then according to his own logic, set-aside contracts should be awarded to everyone except blacks, because all other groups would be discriminated against by not being awarded set-aside contracts. Justifying discrimination in favor of privileged groups on the grounds that the groups being discriminated for are being discriminated against is so self-evidently absurd that it requires a form of self-induced psychosis that George Orwell called “doublethink.”
At least we all agree on no plunder or special privileges going to white men, which only a racist and sexist society would allow, even though the justification for granting plunder and special privileges to everyone except white men is that our society is racist and sexist. Doublethink is like a box that says “open other end” on both ends.
Having taken political correctness to an extreme of self-parody that won’t float even in the fetid swamps of Chicago politics, Meeks was forced to moderate his stand:
Meeks back-tracked by saying he would only exclude white women if elected mayor. The set-aside program currently earmarks 25 percent of all city contracts for minorities and 5 percent for companies owned by women.
“I don’t believe white women should be considered in that count…. You have white women in the category. They receive contracts. Then, white men receive contracts. Where does that leave everybody else?” he told Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 news.
In a sane world, contracts, like everything, would be based on merit. But where does that leave meritless moonbats like Meeks?