Racism isn’t baked into society; affirmative action unnecessary

The affirmative action debate is one aspect of the question of racial wealth equality. The popular myth is that it stems from “structural racism.” The truth is that it is a product of inheritance. The distinction is important even if the results are the same. People of all races and income levels want to be able to give unfettered amounts of wealth and care to their children. We all want to receive our relatives’ wealth untaxed. The Soviet Union tried to equalize everybody by eliminating inheritance and private property. It was never popular. Simply put, there will never be wealth equality until everyone has the same parents, meaning it will not happen.

Sociologists love statistics, especially averages. “Household average income” is one of their favorites. This favors two- or three-earner households and makes the likes of single parents look impoverished. Averages can be misleading and are used to eliminate a lot of exceptions.

The wealth gap is understandable, if also undesirable at the same time. If this creates “structural racism” or a wealth gap, it’s a pity. But the term “racism” is particularly galling to a lot of people. To what degree it exists is an open question. To insinuate that racism is so baked into society that we practice it unconsciously is an insult, even if there is some truth to it. The inheritance tax was undone without mourning. When everyone is for something, don’t expect it to change. If the Supreme Court is supposed to solve society’s problems, staff it with sociologists.

Doug Grandpre

Lake Stevens

Talk to us

More in Opinion

Photo Courtesy The Boeing Co.
On September 30, 1968, the first 747-100 rolled out of Boeing's Everett factory.
Editorial: What Boeing workers built beyond the 747

More than 50 years of building jets leaves an economic and cultural legacy for the city and county.

State housing bills would end local cities’ zoning control

The state Legislature is once again trying to strongarm Washington cities into… Continue reading

Voters need to turn out and support Marysville schools

As an employee of the Marysville School District, I know it to… Continue reading

Comment: Can parents trust ChatGPT to help with kids’ homework?

It can help students understand assignments, but maybe don’t trust it to check your kids’ work.

Comment: Biden’s ramp-up in Ukraine about diplomacy, not victory

The West’s commitment to more and heavier weaponry is meant to improve Ukraine’s leverage in negotiations.

Comment: Much of world thinks West getting too deep in Ukraine

A poll in India found majorities blaming NATO or the U.S. — not Russia — for the war in Ukraine.

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Feb. 1

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Marysville School District Superintendent Zac Robbins, who took his role as head of the district last year, speaks during an event kicking off a pro-levy campaign heading into a February election on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Marysville Historical Society Museum in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Editorial: Voters have role in providing strong schools

A third levy failure for Marysville schools would cause even deeper cuts to what students are owed.

Most Read