Larry Yates Counters Sen. Jim Webb's "Myth of White Privilege"

Julio 27, 2010

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Date of publication: July 27, 2010


Larry Yates"In an age when so many politicians hardly dare think a thought that some fundraiser has not endorsed, the Junior Senator from our state of Virginia, Jim Webb, stands out as not afraid to say what he thinks.

He cares deeply about the frontline serviceman and servicewoman, and he certainly makes that known. Recently, he has spoken up on  the catastrophe that is our “justice system,” and I think he might actually spur some action with this bold initiative from an unexpected direction.

But anyone who speaks passionately and on many topics will sometimes wander onto shaky ground. This is what he has done, I believe, in his comments on affirmative action and related issues in his Wall Street Journal essay, 'Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege.' [...]

Throughout the article, Senator Webb made assertions with no facts to back them up.

The most striking example is his statement that 'a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers.' He fails to back up what he must consider self-evident. Unfortunately, this statement is simply wrong. [...]"

Read the full column by Larry Yates, which includes wealth data from UFE's State of the Dream 2010: Drained.