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bijou
04-03-2011, 04:53 PM
A TV presenter has hit out at the Government's new positive action law saying people should be judged on their ability and not skin colour.

Kat Akingbade said she was overjoyed to learn she had been picked to star alongside TV magician Derren Brown in Channel 4 series The Science of Scams.

However, she later discovered it was not wholly her ability to do the job, but her skin colour which helped land her the role.

Now she has called on employers to pick the person they believe will be best at the job - and said those not selected for jobs and promotions must strive to make themselves more competitive instead.

Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Ms Akingbade said when she discovered bosses had picked her because she was black it bought her 'crashing down' and prompted her to question whether other successes in her life were 'real.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1372940/Employed-I-black-Positive-discrimination-black-white-says-TV-presenter.html#ixzz1IUn0bPeu

noonwitch
04-04-2011, 11:15 AM
Yeah, yeah. Ann Coulter went to UM law school back in the days of the Affirmative Action point system. She was awarded points for being a female, which helped her admission. I'm sure she feels a lack of drive due to having gotten something just for being a woman.

Novaheart
04-04-2011, 11:32 AM
Entertainment businesses make decisions based on a variety of factors including appeal to the target or the component argument. The US has been multicultural longer than most European countries, so we tend to understand that a TV station in San Francisco has to have at least one Oriental anchor, or even a person of Chinese Ancestry and one of Japanese ancestry. It's marketing. Clearly, in the US from Fox to independents, TV discovered black people a while ago. It's not discrimination that there are all these black faces on TV, what appears to be in excess of twice their actual representation in the population, it's that they are apparently considered a valuable and accessible market.

Gingersnap
04-04-2011, 02:37 PM
Yeah, yeah. Ann Coulter went to UM law school back in the days of the Affirmative Action point system. She was awarded points for being a female, which helped her admission. I'm sure she feels a lack of drive due to having gotten something just for being a woman.

Coulter had the grades and scores to contend on an open playing field. The problem this woman is pointing out (and one that is serious for people in non-entertainment fields) is that the push to enroll non-whites in higher education is being done with little attention to merit. What's the point of gaining admission if the standard of work is simply beyond your preparation or abilities? Worse yet, what if your abilities put you in the top 10% but all of your like-colored classmates are dummies? You get tarred with the same brush even though you don't deserve it.

Even if you do graduate in the bottom of your class with a lot of remedial help and mentoring, what then?

Speedy
04-04-2011, 02:56 PM
Even if you do graduate in the bottom of your class with a lot of remedial help and mentoring, what then?

You blame the white folks.