Real Time with Bill Maher (10/5/12) “Affirmative Action” Will Cain vs. Kerry Washington (by Terry Shed)
Kerry Washington explains to Will Cain the relevance of affirmative action in relationship to how the United States prides it’s self on diversity and inclusivity.
*It’s sad to think that in the US, where there is such a struggle for equal rights for the LGBT community, there still exists racial, and gender discrimination that never went away.
Now I feel both Will Cain and Kerry Washington are painting pretty pictures of how things should be. Will Cain believes that by ending “Affirmative Action,” and therefore no longer giving the government the right to make decisions based on race, then the acknowledgment of race discrimination will disappear. While on the opposite end of the spectrum, Kerry Washington believes these laws, and more, should exist in order to ensure that no one is left behind. Whether they be of a different intelligence, sexual orientation, and so on.
Clearly Cain’s position is one that is a lot easier to achieve, as it wipes away the governments responsibility to uphold equality amongst its citizens. And while Washington’s is much more complicated, as she points out, it’s worth the complication to ensure that those who don’t get the acceptance letter, or don’t get the job position because of the above listed points, are being looked out for by the government.
This of course sparks a whole other debate about people who are less qualified for a job, getting said job because of “Affirmative Action,” and that sucks, because it may be an unfortunate consequence of “AA.” But as long as old white men are in positions of power, I can’t see another solution.