United Airlines has announced plans to train 5,000 new pilots. The plans include setting a quota for 50 percent–2,500–to be women or people of color. The racial and gender quotas are United Airlines continuous journey towards wokeness. While that might sound progressive, passengers should be very, very afraid.
The term “affirmative action” (quotas, really) is a remnant of the 1970s drive to increase educational and workplace opportunities for people in our society who were unrepresented.
In education, affirmative action resulted in waiving admission standards, as well as a generation of people who took degrees in social work and ethnic studies. In the workplace, affirmative action and quotas haven’t worked well, because they are administered by the same brand of federal bureaucrats who run the IRS.
Yes, we need antidiscrimination laws and paths to remedy discrimination based on race and gender. All that has been in place for years, but is it discrimination to ask a woman to pass a physical strength test to serve in a fire department?
The quota system has always been about math, not merit. Using merit, rather than quotas, seems to be a better idea when it comes to flying a multi-million-dollar aircraft with hundreds of lives at stake.
So, the next time you fly United, you might feel the same doubts and concerns as Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative commentator and frequent flier expresses. Is your pilot the very best qualified, or was he/she/the person of color placed in the seat as a result of United’s quota system?
Watch Dinesh D’Souza’s take on this subject on the YouTube video below.