Using Affirmative Action Argument, Let's Give Tom DeLay Exactly What He Wants

RECEIVED Wed., Feb. 18, 2004

Dear Editor,
   It is indeed not an easy decision. Criticizing Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos for his support of Leticia Hinojosa over Rep. Lloyd Doggett ignores the fact that Sen. Barrientos is being consistent with Democratic policies on affirmative action ["Facing the South," News, Feb. 13]. Rep. Doggett is a white male competing for a position with a qualified female minority. Principles of the Democratic Party and progressives dictate that Ms. Hinojosa should get the job, regardless of Rep. Doggett's experience. The greater social good is achieved by increasing the number of women and Latinos in the House. Rep. Doggett himself has voted against a bill (HR 6) that would prohibit post-secondary institutions from providing preferential treatment in admission based on race, sex, or ethnicity. He also voted against HR 2400 which would have repealed advantages for business enterprises that are owned and controlled by racial minorities and women. Sen. Barrientos appears to be furthering Democratic/progressive principles of inclusion. Perhaps the progressives and Democrats who support Doggett over what could be the first Texas Hispanic woman representative need to re-examine their ideology. Otherwise, what do they say to the white males denied entry into post-secondary institutions or denied business contracts for the sake of correcting inequalities associated with racial minorities and women?
Gabriel Barba
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