Race, at least for the Republican Party, is a no-win proposition. Everyone knows that the GOP is a party of, for, and by white folks, yet the GOP keeps making noises about being "inclusive". Of course, the GOP, seems not to understand that inclusiveness means actually letting people IN to the country club.
Shrub has just waded feet-first into the debate over Affirmative Action with his comments about the University of Michigan's addmissions policy, and it seems clear that he has no idea what he is getting himself into. Out of one side of his mouth, he talks of the need to reduce prejudice and discrimination, while out of the other he is denouncing traditional remedies without providing alternatives. Tastes Great! Less Filling!!
If you're African-American, it is easy to see how you might feel as if you are being abandoned here. If you are one of those rare African-American Republicans, there is something you need to come to grips with. You will NEVER be granted full and free access to, or unqualified membership in, the Republican Party. Just ask J.C. Watts. The Democratic Party may not be your answer, but if you're waiting for the GOP to come to it's sense, you'd best settle in for a long wait.
I am not an advocate of Affirmative Action myself, for the simple reason that two wrongs don't make a right. Discrimination based on the color of one's skin is wrong under any circumstances. I do think that we need to do a better job of finding ways of making the benefits of being an American available to all of us, but reverse discrimination is not the way to accomplish that. No, I don't pretend to have an answer to this problem, but I don't feel TOO badly about that. It's clear that our leaders don't have a clue, either.