[May 17, 2023] The answer to the question is “no,” we don’t treat people fairly, we have never treated everyone fairly, and never will for many reasons. One reason is a lack of fairness based in the law. For example, Asian Americans are widely and openly discriminated against at Ivy League universities for admission. This contradicts the basic leader principle that leaders treat people fairly.
On average, in the United States, Asians are highly competitive, have the highest entrant scores, the best grades, the most extracurricular activities, spend more on education, and have the best college entrance qualifications. Yet, they are significantly underrepresented in admissions.
We know this is an outgrowth of the policies established by the U.S. federal government in the 1960s. On the one hand, the government prohibits discrimination based on race, but on the other requires preferential treatment of Blacks and Hispanics in Affirmative Action programs. Not only has this been historically controversial, but it also goes against the fundamental core values of Americans.
The point here is not to rehash the controversy of Affirmative Action or that some races in the United States are discriminated against by law. What is important is that leaders, in particular senior leaders, stand against all forms of unfair discrimination. They must obey the law; however, it does not mean they should remain silent about government programs that are unethical, immoral, and incompatible with American core values.
Herein lies a lesson for senior leaders today. The lesson is that when U.S. law violates the basic principles of fairness and morality, leaders must stand up to it by working to have those very laws repealed, public exposure to those who support discriminatory admissions, and rallying good people to support fairness.
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Excellent article. This is a hard topi to deal with . Fairness can be defined by what one person sees it from their own personal perspective or bias. Like a child say mom or dad it’s not fair you let him or her get away with it. I get time out.
Thank you Eddie, always a pleasure to hear from you.
Gen. Satterfield, thank you. I always look forward to your articles.
Seems counterintuitive at first but Gen. Satterfield is making a lot of sense. My kids have figured it out already and yet there are many ‘snowflakes’ that will never see reality here. We do treat people unfairly just like the US Army does not take those who are too old, too young, too stupid, or extreme criminals. Altho, I must admit, the “NEW” army is about to accept any one who is breathing because they are WOKE.
Yes, you hit on a hot topic for me. Thanks Army Vet. Always good to hear your thoughts on how we treat people.
Gen. Satterfield, just a recommendation, please write a great Memorial Day article for us. I always love reading your thinking on this special day.
Read Gen. Satterfield’s book folks and be happy you did. The links to Amazon are at the bottom of his article. I bought extra copies to give to my kids.
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Great article and to the point.
Legal discrimination based on race. Go figure.
“Fact Sheet: U.S. Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism” https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/21/fact-sheet-u-s-efforts-to-combat-systemic-racism/
White House ‘fighting’ racism but is practiced by the Biden White House. Gee, they think we cannot see it?
There is certainly a lesson for leaders, esp senior leaders, but I doubt they are paying any attention at all. Just look around and see them all lined up like the lemmings they are and ready to march off the cliff that their ‘betters’ like Marx and Lenin have told them to.
Obama Cash (weird moniker), I do believe Marx and Lenin are long dead but you surely meant the ideology that pervades our universities and elites. They just love telling us “deplorables” living in “flyover country” what is good for us and they want what is good for us even at the end of a barrel of a gun.
Gen. Satterfield wrote, The answer to the question is “no,” we don’t treat people fairly, we have never treated everyone fairly, and never will for many reasons. And, we all know it deep down but too many whacko, power-hungry politicians will deny it to their grave. They are too ideologically bound and propaganda stunned.
Exactly, and also this is why they will also never change. Thus, they must be voted out and shammed.
Good points Watson. This is also why this leadership forum needs to exist. To give us alternative interpretations and to flush them out with facts and logic instead of the emotional entanglements that so many “progressives” love and are blinded by.
Nailed it Roger. 😁 Cheers!
If only liberals understood that their very actions undermine their very ideology, then maybe the world could make some progress.