He mostly used this term to describe the conditions in some of our schools where not as much is as expected from our minority students as far as academic performance and standards of proper behavior, but the concept can apply just about anywhere in American life.
This soft bigotry is on full display right now in the city of Dayton, Ohio where, after too many blacks failed a Dayton Police Department entrance exam, Attorney General Eric Holder rushed his cronies into Dayton and told that city's government that they were going to have to lower their testing standards in order to ensure that more minority applicants qualified to be hired.
This is by no means the first time something like this has been done in America, but I never cease to be amazed by the implications. What Eric Holder and the Justice Department is effectively admitting is that blacks are too stupid to attain the normal objective standards, so the standards will have to be lowered. Not only that, Holder's actions poison the potential careers of the black applicants who did meet the objective standards. Unless everyone's test scores are out in the open, which I am assuming they will not be, then how is one to know which black members of the Dayton Police Department truly made it on their own intelligence and hard work, and which ones are substandard, but were allowed to sneak through by the Justice Department in the name of racial equity? If I were one of the black applicants who legitimately made it, I would be mad as hell that I will automatically lumped in with those who didn't legitimately make it.
What is also insulting, not only to the applicants, but to the city of Dayton, is that the passing scores for this exam have been lowered by the Justice Department to the equivalent of an F grade. What kind of effect will this have on the quality of policing in Dayton?
If the city leaders of Dayton, Ohio have any integrity, any fortitude, they will tell the federal Justice Department to mind its own business and go back to Washington D.C. This is a local police force, a local matter. Even if this situation did involve the federal government, where is the civil rights violation? In typical Alice-in-Wonderland fashion, applying a single standard to everyone is considered by the Justice Department to be a civil rights violation, while using different standards to accommodate designated groups of people is considered a-ok.
That Eric Holder would take these actions in the Dayton case is unsurprising. His mollycoddling of the New Black Panthers in their voter intimidation case from the 2008 election, and his description of black Americans as "my people" in recent congressional testimony make it quite clear where Holder's true allegiances lie. For Eric Holder, race takes precedence over the rule of law, while in the process, he insults the race he supposedly loves through his soft bigotry of low expectations.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson