As President Obama chooses the acquittal of George Zimmerman to reaffirm his black heritage, we should remind him that he should be there for all of us.
The differences between the barrio and ghetto, between being presumed to be illegal and being presumed to be a criminal, between being “brown” and being “black,” are not all that great. And to complicate things even more; yes, there are black Hispanics.
The immigration debate is already emotionally charged and colored enough by political rhetoric on each side. We don’t need groups like the Heritage Foundation throwing gasoline on the fire. We don’t need studies grounded in racist and wrong philosophies.
Affirmative action may still serve a need and have a place in our society, but not on the basis of race. Rather, educational disadvantage may now be more tied to economics than it is to race and ethnicity. And so it’s time to rethink our policy.