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Renaming Affirmative Action: Belated Action

July 28, 2009

I recently came across this great dialogue in a novel I’m reading.

“How’d you make captain? So fast, I mean.”

“There’s no great mystery. I saw how things were going, so I went and got my M.S. from NYU in forensic psychology. A degree really helps these days—and, of course, it didn’t hurt that I’m a woman.”

“Affirmative action?”

“More like belated action. Once the lid of oppression was lifted off the force by Commissioner Rocker, naturally some of us rose to the surface. They looked around in a panic and realized there weren’t any high-level women on the force—because they’d been discriminating against us forever—and began promoting.”

That’s right folks, Affirmative Action is really Belated Action.

Or, as others have noted (and thanks to Macon for reminding me): they’ve had affirmative action for centuries—it’s just been for white folks. Now they’re making it more inclusive.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Pamthropologist permalink
    July 28, 2009 7:52 pm

    OMG. Talk about your great minds think alike. You should see my post today. LOL. Too funny. Off to add a link to yours.

  2. July 29, 2009 10:20 pm

    I like it — belated action. Puts more emphasis on the corrective element.

    Would you mind saying which novel that’s from?

  3. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    July 29, 2009 10:24 pm

    Ugh. I’m ashamed to admit it is another trash novel: Preston and Child’s “Brimstone.”

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