Equal rights or color and gender quotas?

It was interesting to read columnist Larry Elder’s take on equal rights vs. equal outcomes in today’s local newspaper — the same day President Joe Biden promised to nominate the first Black woman to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Elder lambasts Skip Bayless, a white sports commentator, for being critical of the National Football League after the firing of two Black head coaches, leaving only one Black head coach. Bayless was quoted as saying: “It is shameful, it is disgusting, it is embarrassing and it’s inexplicably wrong.”

Elder wonders what the “correct” percentage of Black head coaches should be. “The NFL consists of 57.5% Black players. Should 57.5% of the coaches be Black?” he asks.

At one point in the opinion piece Elder quotes then-Sen. Joe Biden from 1975: “I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race. I don’t buy that.’”

Elder concluded that, for once, Biden was right.

He then concludes: “MLK spoke of a colorblind society. What is truly shameful, disgusting, embarrassing and inexplicably wrong are people such as Bayless, who demand a society that is color-coordinated.”

Today that same Biden was quoted as saying of his coming Supreme Court nomination: “The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”

Also in today’s local paper Washington reporter Gary Martin relates that of Biden’s confirmed nominations 78 percent are women and 53 percent people of color. This was contrasted with Trump’s 76 percent of nominees being men and 85 percent white.

Rights vs. quotas? That debate appears to be ongoing.

16 comments on “Equal rights or color and gender quotas?

  1. Anonymous says:

    200 plus years of nothing but white males on the Supreme Court and not a peep from a “conservative” about discrimination or racism tells you all you need to know about how they really view those practices.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does this count as a response I should understand Thomas? Because if so I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t and I hope you can explain it to me.

  3. Just pointing out the U.S. population percentages.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Are you suggesting that the reason conservatives made no objection to the dominance of white males on the Supreme Court was based on the population?

  5. Steve says:

    “200 plus years of nothing but white males on the Supreme Court”

    Thurgood Marshall 1967

  6. NYPete says:

    Shameful of Ronald Reagan to fulfill his campaign promise by making his first Supreme Court appointment based on gender.

  7. Athos says:

    Best Supreme Court Judge today…… Clarence Thomas

    Why does Joe Brandon have to talk about it? Why not JUST DO IT? Shows what a racist old coot he is. Good friends of George Wallace and the Grand Kleagle Dicky Bird!

    If the Dems couldn’t pander, they wouldn’t be Dems, would they?

    Good thing the left infested our schools or people would realize Lincoln was a Republican and Jim Crow was born in the Democrat South! Just ask Brandon what party Bull Conner belonged!

    Stop the hate and stop the lies trying to tear apart our country!

  8. NYPete says:

    1. Joe Biden was a good friend of George Wallace?? Gee, that’s a new one.
    2. No one knows that Lincoln was a Republican and that the mid-19th Century Republican Party was based on opposition to expansion of slavery in the western territories??
    3. Why did George HW Bush decide to nominate Clarence Thomas, who had been a judge for less than a year and half to succeed Thurgood Marshall?

  9. Athos says:

    Geez petey, you are one lazy libtard….

    1. Google it, 1987 Biden comments….

    2. According to Brandon, anyone opposing his Federal Voting bills (100% of the Republicans and 2 Democrat Senators) is akin to Jefferson Davis, NOT Abraham Lincoln (1st Republican president). The MSM/ Education Dept/ Democrat Party would all like people to not know Lincoln was R.

    3. Clarence Thomas is THE BEST SUPREME and obviously, Bush the Elder (or one of his handlers) recognized the greatness. After all, petey, Tom Brady was drafted in the 6TH round, and played 2 years behind Brian Griese @Michigan. He only went on to become the Greatest QB, ever.

  10. Anonymous says:

    So the results of Ohio’s most recent election audit came out recently and I thought I’d share. As some of you may know, Ohio is well known for the efficiency of its elections and each year the results of the elections are audited and any potential fraud is reviewed and any ballots believed to carry sufficient evidence of fraud are referred for prosecution.

    In the last election, with over 3 million votes cast, the auditors discovered 62 “potential” cases of fraud with 31 of those involving “non-citizens” (not illegal) who registered to vote but did not vote in any election. Of the remaining 31 “potentially fraudulent” votes cast 4 were by “non citizens” (not illegals), 14 were from deceased persons, and 9 were from people who may have voted twice.

    Most importantly I wanted to note that Ohio does NOT require a photo ID. Imagine that; a system where in more than 3 million votes cast, at most, and assuming all those “potentially fraudulent votes” were actually fraudulent (which of course they won’t be found) less than .0000001% were fraudulent and that’s without making voting more difficult than it is now.

    Since clearly no one could reasonably suggest that a photo ID would be enacted in a place like Ohio to stop any fraudulent voting, that must mean that efforts to enact such a requirement would have to be based on some other reason; I wonder what that would be?


    and in case anyone is interested in the current proof an Ohio resident needs to vote, I’m including that here


  11. […] Equal rights or color and gender quotas? Jan It was interesting to read columnist Larry Elder’s take on equal rights vs. equal outcomes in today’s local newspaper — the same day President Joe Biden promised to nominate the first Black woman to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. […]

  12. NYPete says:

    Yeah, very interesting. And only a few years after Trump promised to select a woman to replace Ginsburg. Oh, the unfairness of it all!

  13. Athos says:

    Ohio anny, here’s a little tidbit for you……


    But the news of the day is …….no more masks in Nevada! This is very puzzling because we have “still remained a ways away from meeting the criteria needed to exit Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mask mandate…” So what changed, Lickasack? The science? (political science, I bet, huh?)

    Pandering, cowardly self-serving corrupt Governor Lepetomane! (apologies to Mel Brooks!)

  14. NYPete says:

    BTW, I wonder if the decision to lift the mask mandate has anything at all to do with the fact that infection, hospitalization and death rates in Nevada have declined sharply as the Omicron wave passes through. Nah, probably just a coincidence.

  15. Athos says:

    petey, you really need to stay in your lane. We are actually higher in the “metrics” that Lickasack insisted we needed to attain to “safely remove the masks”, then when he mandated masks last July!
    At least our POS gov. let the school children remove their masks. (unlike your unelected POS gov!)

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