The Washington Post carries a fairly shocking editorial this morning. In regard to Alberto Gonzales's appointment to Justice, they write: "We respect some of his views, particularly his stance on affirmative action, for the same reason that conservatives might have opposed his nomination to the bench."
Get that? The Washington Post respects some of his views--namely the ones with which they already agree. There's a word to describe that sort of outlook: provincialism.
But let's leave the Post aside for a moment and ask the following, impolite, question: In the last 50 years, which U.S. president has done the most to promote minority leadership in America?
The answer is George W. Bush, by a mile and a half. Bush has given America a black secretary of State, a black national security adviser, a Chinese secretary of labor, and now a Latino attorney general. This president has promoted minorities--and women--at every opportunity during his tenure. He has given tacit support of legal affirmative action and has clearly conducted his own, informal, quest to make certain minorities are in positions of great power within his own administration. It is obvious that at a personal level, it is important to George W. Bush that his administration looks like America.
Let's leave aside the question of whether or not all of this is for the good. The real question is, will Bush ever get credit from minority grievance groups for doing more for the cause of minority leadership than any president in recent history?
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