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    Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    On almost every government form that one has to fill out, whether its for welfare, the census, job applications or whatever, one must fill out an entry for race/ethnicity. Is the government in fact overemphasizing race and helping to fuel animosity between different ethnic groups? Are government programs like affirmative action still viable or should they be dismantled because of a backlash or perhaps they may no longer be needed?

    Should the government stop taking information about race/ethnicities? Could this be in fact part of the solution to the problem? What do you think?

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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    I think whether or not we should have affirmative action and whether or not the government should track the races of the people it hires are two different things. I am on the fence about affirmative action. But I think there is utility in the government monitoring the diviersity of its work force. If a group of people are under represented in the work force it doesn't hurt to ask why. The reason may be benign or it might be a symptom of institutional racism. If it is the latter than steps can be taken to correct it. But to do that you need to know the numbers.

    Various studies seem to indicate that all other things being equal, a black person is less likely to be hired for a position than a white person. Whether we like it or not, we don't yet live in a post racial society.

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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    Is the federal government doing so? No for the most part.

    Is state and local government doing so? Very very much and that is the main problem.
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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    Yes, our government and plenty of others fuel racial animosity. Been going on for a very long time.
    "Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.

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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    On almost every government form that one has to fill out, whether its for welfare, the census, job applications or whatever, one must fill out an entry for race/ethnicity. Is the government in fact overemphasizing race and helping to fuel animosity between different ethnic groups? Are government programs like affirmative action still viable or should they be dismantled because of a backlash or perhaps they may no longer be needed?

    Should the government stop taking information about race/ethnicities? Could this be in fact part of the solution to the problem? What do you think?
    If the United Nations stopped taking information on world food shortages, wouldn't that stop global hunger?

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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    On almost every government form that one has to fill out, whether its for welfare, the census, job applications or whatever, one must fill out an entry for race/ethnicity. Is the government in fact overemphasizing race and helping to fuel animosity between different ethnic groups? Are government programs like affirmative action still viable or should they be dismantled because of a backlash or perhaps they may no longer be needed?

    Should the government stop taking information about race/ethnicities? Could this be in fact part of the solution to the problem? What do you think?
    The only question is to which extent the various players realize it.

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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    I think where the animosity comes in is when skin color is considered over qualifications or skills. Companies are given incentives through tax relief to hire minorities. We had a problem with our city fire department over this a few years back...the minority candidates did not score as well on the assessments and were hired over those who scored well. I see the intention of affirmative action but I can see the divide as well.

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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    I don't think it is fueling it. People fuel it well enough on both sides. But the government allows it to happen.
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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    I don't think it is fueling it. People fuel it well enough on both sides. But the government allows it to happen.
    The government partly fund Teach For America, who are, apparently paying for some of our "professional protesters".
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    Re: Is The Government Helping To Fuel Racial/Ethnic Animosity?

    The idea that not identifying ones race on forms and/or collecting broad data on ethnicity will cure ethnic animosity in any meaningful way is hopelessly naive.

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