But her boldest suggestion is her central one — which, again, is that we ban appearance-based discrimination.
She presents a muddled account of the tradeoffs this would entail.
Nonetheless, other, better measures (such as the Rhode argues that because we prohibit racial discrimination, we should prohibit other forms of discrimination that are equal in severity.
However, racial discrimination was much more severe five decades ago when we actually acted against it; today, we mainly just keep tweaking the laws we passed then.
nti-discrimination law hasn’t been controversial for years, but recently it has returned to the public debate.
In Kentucky, GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul touched a nerve by suggesting that the government shouldn’t have forced southern businesses to desegregate.
One can debate whether this is justified, but we need to be clear that we’re talking about a top-down imposition of values by the state.
Further, while racial anti-discrimination laws initially worked to ensure equal treatment, they became increasingly onerous and indeed ridiculous.
To keep her analysis consistent with her dubious assertion, Rhode analyzes black women’s quest for light skin and straight hair, but she does not once mention white women’s love of tanning — a #ad#This thesis also gets her into trouble when, in a hilariously innumerate passage, she analyzes the results of the Miss America pageant. population is Jewish, meaning that even by random chance, you’d expect a Jewish winner only once every 50 years.
She expects us to find it damning that only one Jew and four blacks have won in the pageant’s 75 years. Also, as she notes, blacks didn’t start entering the contest until 1970 — and as she doesn’t note, four winners in 40 years is 10 percent, just below blacks’ proportion of the population.