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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Duck and Cover at the EEOC?

The WSJ Opinion Journal runs an intriguing piece by Roger Clegg. Mr. Clegg is the president and general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity in Sterling, Virginia. He was invited to speak about affirmative action before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He submitted his remarks ahead of time as requested. He states that once his remarks were reviewed, his invitation to speak was withdrawn because his remarks would criticize the EEOC.

Last month, I received an invitation to testify before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about affirmative action and diversity in U.S. companies. The testimony was scheduled for today, and I was asked to share my written statement to the commission beforehand, last Thursday, which I did. Late Friday afternoon I received a phone call from the commission, telling me that because of what I had to say, my invitation had been withdrawn by its chairman, Cari M. Dominguez.
I urged the commission to reconsider this decision because it would put the commission in general and the chairman in particular in a bad light. Yesterday I was notified that the entire meeting--not just my panel, but two others--has been "indefinitely postponed."
The problem is that my testimony told the unwelcome truths that (a) American companies, in their "celebration of diversity," frequently discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity and sex, (b) this violates the law, and (c) the EEOC is not doing anything about it. I was told that it would lead to a "mutiny" among the career people at the commission if I was given a "platform" to say such things. It might even turn the proceedings that morning into a "circus," and Ms. Dominguez, I was told, did not want the EEOC "to look like the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights back when Mary Frances Berry headed it."
The irony is that the effort to silence a witness because of his political incorrectness is exactly the sort of thing that Ms. Berry might have done. Actually, it's worse. Ms. Berry, whatever her considerable shortcomings, actually did allow me to testify on more than one occasion.

Do read the entire piece linked above. Even more interesting is the written version of his planned presentation to the EEOC. He names specific companies and their specific violations of employment law done in the name of diversity.

Mr. Clegg raises some significant questions about the value and fairness of employment preferences based on ethnicity or gender. If the EEOC meeting was truly canceled to avoid addressing these issues someone has some explaining to do. If these preferences truly bring about a valuable and desirable end, then the EEOC should not be afraid to allow them to be challenged. The validity of these policies is in doubt if the EEOC’s only defense is to avoid debate.

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