November 14, 2012

“Obama To Unleash Racial-Preferences Juggernaut”

He has a dream, that one day men will be judged not by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

If your organization has a policy or practice that doesn’t benefit minorities equally, watch out: The Obama administration could sue you for racial discrimination under a dubious legal theory that many argue is unconstitutional.

President Obama intends to close “persistent gaps” between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation rates.

His remedy — short of new affirmative-action legislation — is to sue financial companies, schools and employers based on “disparate impact” complaints — a stealthy way to achieve racial preferences, opposed 2 to 1 by Americans.

Under this broad interpretation of civil-rights law, virtually any organization can be held liable for race bias if it maintains a policy that negatively impacts one racial group more than another — even if it has no racist motive and applies the policy evenly across all groups.


This means that even race-neutral rules for mortgage underwriting and consumer credit scoring potentially can be deemed racist if prosecutors can produce statistics showing they tend to result in adverse outcomes for blacks or Latinos.

Remind me again, this equality of outcome thing:  That’s quasi-socialist, is it not?  Or am I just being an unhelpful Visigoth in need of a Wikipedia cite from a sober, realistic Republican pragmatist to set my Hobbity self straight?

Already, Attorney General Eric Holder has used the club of disparate-impact lawsuits to beat almost $500 million in loan set-asides and other claims out of the nation’s largest banks.

In addition to the financial settlements — which include millions in funding for affordable-housing activists — Bank of America, Wells Fargo and SunTrust have all agreed to adopt more minority-friendly lending policies.

Though the administration seeks equal credit outcomes, regardless of risk, across the entire banking industry, it doesn’t have to sue every bank to achieve its goal. As a prophylactic against similar prosecution, IBD has learned the American Bankers Association recently advised its 5,000 members to give rejected minority loan applicants a “second look,” which it says “can result in suggested changes in underwriting standards.”

Also, the administration sent a chill through the financial industry earlier this year when it announced its new credit watchdog agency will join Justice, as well as HUD, in using the disparate-impact doctrine to enforce civil-rights laws.

Okay, let’s just stop right here so I can say this:  what they are proposing in a form of “compassionate racialism,” which is nothing more than racism.  It is the progressive’s real-life policy version of those tongue-in-cheek affirmative action bake sales put on by campus Republicans.

It is demonstrably unconstitutional — which in no way means it won’t be deemed in perfect keeping with the spirit of the framers by some leftwing hack judge — and it is an attempt to enforce a kind of conformity of outcome that is anathema to our system of government and the entire history of the American experiment.

I will not live under such a system — one in which, theoretically at least, a teacher can be sued by the federal government if the blacks or Latinos in her class consistently under perform — which will necessitate a special grading system for each ethnic group.

This is repulsive. It is un-American in every sense. And it speaks to the intellectual befouling of our country by the real racists — those who continue to use racial politics to claim votes rather than to fix legitimate problems in racial disparity using the principles of liberty and personal autonomy, and the methodologies of free-market capitalism.

Obama wants to say that putting one’s thumb on the scale for particular ethnic groups is a form of social justice that will be defended by punitive law.  That’s bullshit.  And as far as I’m concerned, that’s bullshit worth staging sit-ins and marches over.

For the irony.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:43pm

Comments (62)

  1. Borrow, borrow, borrow.

    Chances are good you won’t have to pay it back. And if you do, it will be with severely inflated dollars.

  2. So BO is going to sue the NBA right? I mean… racist!

  3. Isn’t this just a replay of CRA, writ large? Lend to folks who have no chance of repaying the loan, bundle that loan in with a bunch of other loans to hide the crap, and then when it all blows up, send in Bailout squad. Now apply that to everything?

  4. I’ve been hearing the term “whites” going a round a whole lot on the cable news shows lately. That’s not a coincidence or an accident.

  5. Under this broad interpretation of civil-rights law, virtually any organization can be held liable for race bias if it maintains a policy that negatively impacts one racial group more than another — even if it has no racist motive and applies the policy evenly across all groups.

    This seems to describe the US DOJ; then I can sue the DOJ ?

  6. Foward! To 1978…again.

  7. I’ve been hearing the same, palaeo. O is trying to start race riots, plain and simple.

    You heard it here first.

  8. Wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t obviously mean tipping the welfare scale too.

    Or, you know, if we weren’t already brokedy broke broke.

  9. I’d like to take ths opportunity to welcome the rest of the country to California, where it has been illegal to give an african american between the ages of 3-22 an I Q test sincce 1979!

  10. Well if there are race riots I hope that Detroit, Chicago, and Southern California are spared because I suspect they no longer have the money to rebuild.

  11. Racial tension is going to work wonders in booking venues in large metro areas for any business ventures.

    Let’s see. Shall I invite our Swedish cliets to meet us in Chicago or Philadelphia? Maybe we’ll just Skype it.

  12. Willatty; my first thought also.

    I’m 6’1″ 340lb white man age 65.

    The NBA as shown a callous disregard for the age, weight and height class of “victims”. Me for one. Woot!!

    Lawsuit City Here I Come. (Is Allred available?)

    I think I might even be able to get the NFL on this too.

    Donations to my legal fund will be greatly appreciated.

    (I might even share)

  13. Oh Leigh, don’t be silly. Those Swedes love them some black men and women.

    It’s the lack of amenities that will piss them off.

  14. I meant from a standpoint of personal safety, jcw. A bunch of natural blonds who are also freakishly tall will stand out like target practice.

  15. It’s not so much that Obama will unleash a racial-preference juggernaut, as much as Obama is the racial-preference juggernaut. Or jugearnaut, if such is your RAAAAACIST! preference.

  16. Very good, Squid!

  17. Judas Maude, this is what, Stalinesque? This is staggering.

    My liberal friends, as it turns out, are out and out racists. Too.

  18. We tried to tell you, JHo.

  19. Isn’t this just a replay of CRA, writ large?

    Replay? Try continuation. Even after the mortgage crisis of 2008, which should have put a swift halt to this kind of nonsense, they’re not going to stop what they’re doing until all brothas get their turn being the whip and the lynch mob.

  20. JHoward says November 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Judas Maude, this is what, Stalinesque?

    Nah. Post-racial. Sheesh…

  21. Judas Maude, this is what, Stalinesque?

    More like Mugabe-esque, turning all breadbaskets—Zimbabwe, Ukraine, CA Central Valley—into dust-bowls.

    Mass starvation! You don’t even have to bother building gulags!

  22. What utter bullshit. I once worked for JPMorganChase. They don’t give a good goddam about irrelevancies like your skin color. But what they DO care about, if you want to borrow money to buy a car, boat, house, whatever, is will you pay the loan back in the manner agreed to in the contract you signed with them. And that criteria applies regardless of race, creed, color or hat size.

    Whoever came up with this scheme is either a complete idiot who knows nothing about the banking business, or they DO know, and are doing this to pander to the homeys, plus jack up the banking industry again, as was done with CRA.

  23. You must learn to accept your place in the New Order Cave-Bear. Excuses for institutionalized raaaaaacism will no longer be tolerated in Barak Obama’s Amerikkka

  24. -Ernst: That’s Barack Obama’s Ameritopia.

    -Charles Manson must be laughing his arse off. Helter Skelter anyone???

  25. they DO know,

    They very definitely do know.

    But any pretension to enabling equality or justice is a bald-faced lie: they want to ruin capitalism from the inside, the faster the better.

  26. Jemimalite Susan Rice was unleashed Juggernaut-like to take the arrows sure to follow her recitation of lie upon lie a few weeks ago.

    Now it turns out — surprise! — it wasn’t so much for the purpose of taking arrows as for the purpose of supplying a flimsy figurine for the brave Presidentman to demonstrate his indignant chivalry over. What a peach.

  27. He has a dream, that one day men will be judged not by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

    He’s a Democrat, its been their SOP since forever. It ain’t the color that matters to them, it’s the wonderfulness of the hate racism. Makes so much, so easy to decide.

    Second verse, same as the first.

  28. Days of rocketfire from Gaza and we hear from the UN? Silence.

    Israel kills the Hamas’ premier military leader, hits a handful of rocket storage sites and the UN Security Council launches an EMERGENCY MEETING! Hours of useless blather to follow.

  29. proggtards and moeheads are kinda predictable no?

  30. so…how ’bout that news coming out of Israel today?

    As a friend of mine said after the election: just be thankful we’re not living through the book of Revelation — you know there’s locusts with human faces in there??

  31. When my son was born we joked about naming him Kwame Rafael to assist with his gawdawful white maleness. Kinda wish we had really done it…

  32. there *are* locusts with human faces. My grammar is so meh

  33. there *are* locusts with human faces.

    like the daily kos guy?

  34. Egypt says

    Israel replies

  35. Paul Ryan for Majority Leader

  36. it is start mr. ernst

  37. Guess the post-election festivities are about to get underway in the M.E. Haven’t noticed a lot of news coverage about it though, but OMG what about the latest on those horny sex-fiend generals, and the CENTCOM wimmins who love em! It’s so fortunate that all of the mid-East stuff isn’t real news anymore, and none too soon! It’s as if a big sex scandal was just waiting to happen!

  38. That wasn’t a start: no one in the entire conference would second the motion. It was — if anything — a pitifully futile gesture of impotence at the feet of the establishment which doesn’t exist.

  39. That wasn’t a start:

    i dont know sometimes little cracks lead to catastrophic failure

  40. besides the newly elected members weren’t present

  41. – Well you can see Jug ears plan on this one. About 25% of the Black demographic is doing alright. The other 75% live in the ghettos.

    – So they want to give another round of free houses to people that can’t affird them, so they can get rid of the old slums by starting a whole new bunch of ghettos somewhere else.

  42. It ain’t just un-American, it’s in-human.

  43. Ah, shoot. I told myself to keep a low profile. Can’t help it:
    National – yep
    Socialist – yep
    German – nope, but fast forward 90 years.
    Workers -yep
    Party – yep
    National Socialistische Amerikanische Arbeiters Partei
    All we need is a messianic cult leader.

  44. Considering how far all the major banks and other financial companies are leveraged in credit default swaps, a few bad loans won’t make much of a difference. It will just bring the failure on a tad earlier.

  45. In other words, there will be no unwinding from this. It will all be defaulted upon sooner or later.

  46. The sooner, the better.

  47. I just wish I had an idea when it would happen. Right now I’m in the city, and while I have a bug-out location, I’m not prepared to go there.

  48. – …..and next they’ll demand free homes too, to go with the EBT checks.

  49. We are so screwed.

  50. I’m at the point where I don’t think we have two or three generations to unwind this. The reset has to be now and it will be ugly. The very fact that citizens are openly petitioning for secession is telling. I hate to say “let it burn” because it puts us all at personal risk, but I don’t see a viable alternative. Shit, merde, Scheisse.

  51. For what it’s worth, I figure we’ve always been screwed personally.

    We’re all gonna die. On the other sides of that we’re gonna watch people die and we’re gonna cause great grief to others when we do.

    It’s hard the whole way through.

    Way I see it we may as well be hard asses about it and give our enemies nightmares by pretending not to give a shit.

  52. I don’t know about all this secession stuff. Is there an expulsion option? I mean, like, we kick DC out of the union….

  53. Bh, I was thinking about this same thing today after listening to a bunch of bleeding hearts on the radio. Someone needs to be the grown-up and say ‘No’ to the endless entitlement culture.

    We have generations of people who are victims of magical thinking. Their pretend realities don’t match up in the least with their real realities, but that doesn’t seem to stop the pipe dreaming, the pretending, the doing things all wrong and not doing the math because it’s hard.

    Yes, we need to be judge-y hard-asses with these people. You want to loaf around the house, have illegitimate kids and collect welfare? Not anymore because we’re broke.

    You think you want to go to school now? This is how much it costs and we aren’t giving any grants anymore because we’re broke.

    Life isn’t an endless trip to fantasyland it’s time to pay the Piper. Because we’re broke.

  54. Luckily for us we don’t even have to do that, leigh.

    Math is coming. It’s a bit like winter.

  55. Oh good, so more minorities that can’t afford 500k houses will be able to buy them. FAIRNESS!

  56. *they can get rid of the old slums by starting a whole new bunch of ghettos somewhere else.*

    Filled with white people this time. For the Fairness.

  57. There have ALWAYS been plenty of poor white people trapped in American slums. But nobody gives a shit about them because everyone knows that white people are Richy Rich.

  58. Cold hard facts.

    Winter math is coming.

    To paraphrase Petyr Baelish, if winter math lasts more than five years, then we have fewer peasants.

  59. There have ALWAYS been plenty of poor white people trapped in American slums.

    They’re in trailer parks and rural America, all spread out so they’re not as noticeable. But they’re plagued by the same social and cultural dysfunctions as the folks in the inner cities, who are visible to the myopics in the MSM and therefore are the only ones who exist.

  60. But they’re plagued by the same social and cultural dysfunctions as the folks in the inner cities,

    Dicentra, if you read Thomas Sowell’s Race and Culture, what you find out is that “black culture” has a firm foundation in lower-class white culture, i.e rednecks. It would be funny if it wasn’t sad.