Lets take a quick look at the two American Dreams, one the hyphenated version the other the beautiful real version that has made this nation great.
Example A: American Dream, Frank Ricci Firefighter New Haven Ct.
Mr Ricci is a fire fighter in Hew Haven Connecticut. As a Fire fighter Mr. Frank Ricci is ready to risk his life every day to save the lives and property of the 125,000 or so citizens of the city of New Haven. Here is the demographic racial makeup of New Haven as per Wikipedia: The racial makeup of the city is 43.46% White, 37.36% African American, 0.43% Native American, 3.90% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 10.89% from other races, and 3.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 21.39% of the population. Non-Hispanic whites made 35.57% of the population.
As you can see, according to the demographics alone , on any given day Mr. Frank Ricci will risk his life to save minorities at a higher rate than whites. Further more arson and fire rates are usually much much higher in minority neighborhoods, and as such Mr.Ricci is risking his life to save minorities at an exponentially higher rate than he does to save whites. A dedicated hero, Mr.Ricci wanted nothing more than to continue to serve the city and the community founded by his ancestors. Like all who excel in any field Mr. Ricci had the burning desire to help others achieve the same expertise that he has and to that end he sought promotion to a command position.
That promotion, as the whole world knows by now, is based in large part on taking a test and scoring well on it. Suffering with dyslexia Mr. Ricci has a tremendously hard time studying for and taking exams. With the characteristic tenacity and dedication that most firefighters display on a daily basis Mr.Ricci persevered in the face of such daunting odds. He spent his own money to purchase tutorial books to preapare for the exam. To make up for the dyslexia he hired, with his own money, a person to read and record the books so that he could study the material by listening to it and thus somewhat nullify the effects of dyslexia. Never once did Mr.Ricci request special treatment for his dyslexia challenge. Even so, getting high marks on the exam meant often studying thirteen hour days which is exactly what he did . He was successful , and scored the highest grade on that test.
Sonya Sotomayor’s family came to America from Puerto Rico and ended up living on our dime in New York City’s public housing. Her living expenses and her education were largely paid for by American people, at that time over 89% white. She went on to Princeton University, an IV league school funded at least in part by the same overwhelmingly white American public. Because she was a minority her grades and test scores did not have to be as good as those of a white kid who was denied entrance so that a much less qualified student, Sotomayor, could get in. Her grades at Princeton were again shall we say, not stellar, and yet , again she was admitted to Yale School of Law, again based on her minority status and again denying a better qualified white student the opportunity. Her legal career was a mirror image of her – and Obama’s for that matter- scholastic career. In spite of reports form colleagues that she just isn’t all that smart she was promoted and appointed to higher office by both Republican and Democrat appeasers. The results are evident of her lack of qualifications as she has had a inordinate high number of reviewed judgments overturned. Liberal web sites admit to 60% of the reviewed judgments having been overturned while Judicial Confirmation Network has an add claiming 100% overturn record. Its hard to come up with a number because often Sotomayor displays the typical cowardice of those driven by leftist political agendas and refuses to sign many of the opinions attributed to her, including the Ricci case.
Just as we see with Obama those who have advanced in school or in their careers as a result of unfair advantages eventually end up a disaster. From Obama to Rice to Sotoamyor, when put front and center on the world stage, affirmative action recipients are found more often than not very much wanting. On the other hand those like Mr. Ricci who, with dedication and drive overcome real handicaps succeed on their own merit become true inspirational heroes. Mr. Frank Ricci has done just that and more.
If his fight will help us to stave off the election of yet another racist, America hating, incompetent justice on the Supreme Court then this country owes him a debt of the highest gratitude. ( After all isn’t Ginsburg enough?)