Your Opinion: Civil rights and affirmative action

Dear Editor:

The civil rights act of 1964 changed a class struggle to a vision struggle. I remember the violence, the rioting and the bloodshed of the 1960s civil rights marches and aftermath of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination.

It was a decade when America lost its innocence. It was positive legislation designed to protect the liberty of all black Americans and a time that our nation’s goals and values became scattered with the new ideology of progressives, free loaders and moochers. America’ work ethic died of heart failure.

Affirmative action is a plan to offset past discrimination in employing or educating women, blacks, etc. Affirmative action is like riding a horse into the sunset until the rider falls off. The government is putting people into boxes and categories as their political prism.

It is mandatory for the state of Missouri to except a minimum of 10 percent of the job bids from minority and female contractors, even if the bid is larger.

In 1981 the Supreme Court ruled that colleges and universities have to except a minimum of 10 percent minority applicants including foreign applicants even if their scores are less than other student applicants. Minority applicants who have failed tests to become police officers or fire fighters have to be excepted.

In late 2008 Justice O’Conner said she believed racial affirmative action should continue to help heal the inequalities created by racial discrimination.

The civil rights act of 1964 corrected past discrimination. Justice O’Conner is using racial affirmative action, much like the Republican Congress did in June 1866 with Amendment 14 to the Constitution “to protect the civil rights of Negroes and to bar former rebels from holding office and voting” which unleashed the terror of the KU Klux Klan.

We reward discrimination with more discrimination.

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