You can count on the left to do the stupidest thing they can possibly imagine for any issue, but when it comes to racial and gender matters they win the award for the ultimate in stupidity: The so-called "affirmative action" programs. They believe that racism can be cured with more racism and that if they simply give a nice-sounding name to one of the most asinine ideas, then that makes it ok. George Orwell would be impressed.
I have taught hundreds of black and hispanic students and I can say without reservation that members of both minority groups are every bit as intelligent as whites. There is no need to give preferences for college admissions, hiring, or government contracts. But the looney left thinks it is a good idea. They love to treat people in a patronizing manner. If I were a member of a minority group and I were given preference for my skin color then I would be seriously offended. To make it even worse, the looneys call me and other people "racists" because we oppose racist practices.
The idiots point out that the minority groups are less successful than whites. Very true, but discriminating against whites will not solve the problem. The biggest problem are the substandard public schools, especially in the inner cities. Conservatives have offered vouchers for children in failing schools to attend decent private schools, but the left opposes voucher programs vehemently. It is more important for them to preserve the jobs of the incompetent buffoons who run our public schools than it is to give children a decent education.
Here is an article that talks about the upcoming referendum on affirmative action in Michigan. This is a good article that presents both sides of the argument.