Affirmative Action

Could Trump Lead a Movement for White Racial Quotas One Day?

India's upper-caste quota wars suggest that racial quotas for whites are not so far fetched

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Upper-caste groups in India, led by a 22-year-old academically mediocre college graduate, have convulsed the

Hindu protestor
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country in major protests demanding preferences in college admissions and government jobs for themselves. They claim that they are the victims of six decades of "reverse discrimination" thanks to India's affirmative action policies and are demanding a piece of the quota pie.

But I ask in my column at The Week this morning, will America's anti-affirmative action movement that has so far restricted itself to the laudable goal of pushing ballot initiatives to end race-based admissions make a similar U-turn? Could whites in America led by say, a Trump-style demagogue, start an aggressive fight for racial quotas and affirmative action – for themselves?

On the one hand, the answer seems to be "no" given that there is much more white guilt in America about slavery than there is upper-caste guilt in India about caste oppression.

On the other hand…go here to find out.

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  1. Obviously the solution is to tattoo every newborn solid blue.

    1. They could call it the Save the Melting-pot for Unity and Racial Friendship Act.

    2. Abort all non-Mulatto babies?

  2. Ohhhh no, *prepares for incoming shitstorm*

    1. Nah, Walker got a Trump post in 4 minutes later.

    2. All roads lead to Trump.

      I am anticipating what convulsions are necessary linking Apple’s new iCar with Trump’s xenophobic nationalist nativist racism.

  3. Could whites in America led by say, a Trump-style demagogue, start an aggressive fight for racial quotas and affirmative action ? for themselves?

    Of course they could. And it would be just as wrong for them as for anyone else. The upside might be to finally provoke SCOTUS into admitting that any kind of quota or thumb on the scale is racial discrimination, and doing away with the entire fraudulent project.

    Next!

  4. Clearly the president should ensure a proper mix of race, gender, and sexual orientation wherever more than 1 person is present. Plus he should outlaw people being alone because thats racist, sexist, and homophobic.

  5. Isn’t the call to limit H1B visas essentially this? I realize the particulars are different but the spirit is prizing educated Americans over those uppity peasants from India and China.

  6. WTF is with the https default?

    1. That was nentioned in another thread. I thought it has been https for a while though.

      1. Not exclusively. You could change it if you ended up that way. No longer.

  7. I can’t decide if I want butter or cheese on my popcorn.

    1. Both. You can’t not have butter. Popcorn is mearly a butter delivery system.

  8. On the one hand, the answer seems to be “no” given that there is much more white guilt in America about slavery than there is upper-caste guilt in India about caste oppression.

    On the other hand?go here to find out.

    Gripping hand…

  9. Possibly. Unless the definition of “white” in this country is enlarged (which, I imagine, will require some sort of acceptance from both current “whites” and those who will be considered “white”), then “whites” in this country will become just another minority in a few decades. There will undoubtedly be calls to expand affirmative action and the quota system to include all races by politicians.

    Also, is there really that much white guilt about slavery? I’m considered “white” (for some reason) but my family had jack-shit to do with slavery, being poor in a country half a world away at the time and all, and I feel zero guilt about it. I’m not the only one (many tens of millions of “whites” in this country today are descended from people living in different countries at the time of slavery).

    1. Any white person who feels guilty about slavery should stop. White guilt is such a crock of shit.

  10. The Chinese in Malaysia are a minority but they are still discriminated against by the majority. The same will probably happen here if/when whites become the minority.

    1. Minority/majority is such meaningless tripe outside of the artificial “democracy” of government. There are parts of the country that are 90%+ “minority”.

  11. Could Shikha Dalmia Write a Derpier Article One Day? Let’s find out.

    1. Exactly my thoughts…

  12. But the real tough question Trump needs to answer; how do you feel about the latest happenings in India?

  13. Quotas and racial preferences stem from a noble impulse to redress past oppression, no doubt. But they ultimately depend on majority buy-in, and are too vulnerable to being co-opted by powerful interests.

    India shows that relying on neutral standards that apply equally to all to distribute opportunities might be a safer ? and cleaner ? way to promote social justice.

    So racial quotas are not only “just” but “socially just” in fact and the only problem is that “powerful interests” corrupt this otherwise noble and laudable policy.

    Fucking hell Dalmia, you are awful. Just go write for Salon already.

  14. “On the one hand, the answer seems to be “no” given that there is much more white guilt in America about slavery than there is upper-caste guilt in India about caste oppression.”

    White guilt, the only thing keeping society from a complete takeover of academia by white supremacists. This is apparently what Shikha actually believes.

  15. Where’s the guilt over the opression of the upper classes?

    In only 300 years it’s escalated from the guillotine and the income tax to the nanny state’s all-out war on doceur de vivre.

  16. At some point, I suppose, a real white-racist mass movement might emerge. It’s happened before, so I’m not going to discount the possibility.

    But despite the hysteria about the Tea Party and the Republican Party, we’ve been having a several-decades break from such stuff.

    Sure, we’ve had public policies which inflict harm on nonwhites, but these policies tend to affect whites, as well. Education policy, crime policy, etc. – it often comes down hard on blacks and other nonwhites, but it tends to hit *all* the poor and middle classes.

    And as Ms. Dalmia herself points out, affirmative action in the U.S. is less virulent and blatant than in India.

    Of course, there’s no guarantee that white people will keep up their present stance of shunning *overt* racism and cringing when even accused (rightly or wrongly) of racism.

  17. Just put up an Advertisement in Newspaper/TV/Radio/Facebook/Twitter/Whatsapp and hire an Upper caste/Brahmin to clean manhole in your streets;

  18. Most people don’t know the truth that Bania Gandhi fight with British regime was for Brahmin/Bania hegemony in India and NOT for BC/SC/ST Independence;

  19. Ambedkar demanded an Independent Nation, NOT Reservations in “Communal Award”; Bania Gandhi betrayed/bribed the Untouchable with Reservations in “Poona Pact”;

  20. Indian regime owes reparations to 300 million Untouchable for 2000 years of Caste system;

  21. Why aren’t Untouchable/Dalit giving Independence to Upper caste/Brahmin

  22. Unlike Untouchable, Upper caste/Brahmin cannot live Independently as per “Communal Award”

  23. Upper caste/Brahmin are suffering from a disease called Caste, a type of Cancer;

  24. Upper caste/Brahmin can infect you with a disease called Caste, a type of Cancer;

  25. I’ll give $300 million to create an Independent Nation for 300 million Untouchable in India;

  26. I’ve seen many Brahmin begging in temples in India. Hire Upper caste/Brahmin to clean drainage/manhole in your streets;

  27. Patel is barking at the wrong “OBC” tree;
    Upper caste/Brahmin are opposing Hardik Patel agitation because Brahmin are just 3% and grabbed more than 50% Cabinet ministers/Judges/UPSC/Private jobs in India;

  28. Just put up an Advertisement in Newspaper/TV/Radio/Facebook/Twitter/Whatsapp and hire an Upper caste/Brahmin/Bania/Kshatriya woman as maid in your house

  29. Reservations to BC/SC/ST should continue till Upper caste/Brahmin cleans drainage/manhole in streets for 2000 years;

  30. We appeal President Obama to direct Narendra Modi regime to create an Independent Nation for 300 million Untouchable in India;

  31. We appeal Narendra Modi regime to give Licensed Pistols to all Untouchable for self-defense/resist oppression

  32. If I were Ambedkar I’d have given Licensed Pistols to all Untouchable through Indian Constitution for self-defense and to resist oppression;

  33. Patel population is less than 1% in India; PATEL can take their 1% CasteShareOfLand from India and go build their own nation; e.g. Pakistan/Bangladesh

  34. Most people does not know the fact that foundation of India in 1947 betrayed the Untouchable/Dalit;

    British regime granted Independent Nation to Untouchable in 4th August 1932 Round Table Conference. But Upper caste/Bania Gandhi back-stabbed Untouchable with Reservations in “Communal Award”;

    We appeal President Obama to direct Narendra Modi in India regime to create an Independent Nation for 300 million Untouchable/Dalit in India;

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