White Affirmative Action

This post by Atrios just needed be highlighted:

As Digby says, the explicit conversation and subtext suggesting underlying assumptions about race and gender in our world shows just how stupid and/or racist and misogynistic the Villagers are. The idea that for any job, especially something like Supreme Court judge, there’s one “most qualified” person who can be determined is just idiotic. When the white guy is chosen, all of the people who bemoan the evils of affirmative action nod and clap at how “qualified” he is, despite the fact that generally white men are the greatest beneficiaries of various forms of affirmative action in this society, from inherited wealth and privilege, to the good old boys’ club, and to, of course, fluffing by our media.


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