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Eric Adams’ plan to use photos when hiring will only create more discrimination


Short-sighted people sacrifice a long-term vision for immediate results and often fail to see the consequences they will produce. While progressives claim to want to right the wrongs of the past, in many ways they are creating avenues for repeating the same mistakes in the future.

Politicians are notoriously myopic, willing to sacrifice the people they represent and even their own moral framework to ride the wave of a current trend that is ultimately leading them into a political abyss.

Mayor Eric Adams reportedly requested photographs of potential hires at City Hall in an effort to employ a more diverse staff – raising concerns that the administration is overemphasizing the importance of race and gender a candidate’s ethnicity versus merit. One manager even said he was told verbally that Adams wanted agencies to hire people who “reflect the constituencies we serve.”

Adams’ short-sighted desire to please today’s progressives in New York prevents him from seeing how his racial selection methodology can easily be used against people like him in the future.

Worse still, Adams’ hubris will prevent him from understanding how he is setting a precedent for the government to make more and more decisions or even create policies with the primary purpose of rewarding or punishing someone based on the race of an individual.

The goal today is to uplift the perceived unlucky “people of color” in New York, but what’s to stop a white mayor in 30 years who wants to course-correct and bring a balance of opportunity for previously discriminated against? people? How would we feel if government employees rejected applications because the new standard of a mandatory photo includes a black face?

In a city where the white population is the largest demographic, what if this future mayor decided to specifically hire white people to reflect the voters he serves? Would this mayor have a legitimate argument to say that it is necessary because of the discriminatory practices launched by the Adams administration?

Eric Adams and other seemingly well-meaning progressives are too ideological and short-sighted to understand that they are creating a future world of tit-for-tat identity politics where we are constantly trying to rebalance our society by committing the same illogical practice as people themselves. same. we criticize the past.

Adams acts like a firefighter who believes the only way to put out a home fire is to add more fire to it. The solution to past discriminatory practices is not to implement different discriminatory practices — it is to eliminate the practice altogether.

Progressives believe that we must force discrimination to correct past discrimination, because they do not believe that the very people who have been discriminated against can excel without convincing results. Adams, based on his recent actions, doesn’t believe his city’s minorities can compete with their white counterparts on merit, even for his own administration.

There are concerns that the push for diversity at City Hall could significantly reduce the representation of other groups.
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If there are any legitimate policies, practices or actors in city government that specifically discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities, then it is Mayor Adams’ job to get rid of them. One would assume there isn’t – otherwise he would have.

Adams’ behavior of wanting to select some superficially and to discriminate against others based on race or ethnicity is immoral no matter who he selects or discriminates against. It is contrary to our modern American values.

If we do not criticize the actions taken by governments like this to manufacture demographic change for the lofty goal of “diversity”, we will be helping to normalize the use of government institutions to establish policies or practices that operate openly in a discriminatory manner without repercussions, paving the way for a more modern version of the “separate but equal” doctrine where the government can attempt to pick winners and losers in our society.

But if an American is discriminated against, we all lose. Mayor Eric Adams lost sight of him.

Adam B. Coleman is the author of “Black Victim to Black Victor” and founder of Wrong Speak Publishing.

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