To the editor:
Equality, equal protection under the law, is giving way to “equity,” equal results under the law. Let Vice President Kamala Harris explain:
“So there’s a big difference between equality and equity. Equality suggests, ‘Oh, everyone should get the same amount.’ The problem with that, not everybody is starting out from the same place. So if we’re all getting the same amount, but if you started out back there — and I started out over here — we could still get the same amount, but you’re still going to be that far back behind me.
“It’s about giving people the resources and the support they need, so that everyone can be on equal footing. And then compete on equal footing. Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place."
That’s Harris narrating an animated 51-second video she tweeted to the world on Nov. 1, 2020.
Another expression for “equity” is “equality of outcomes.” Familiar “equality of opportunity” is now in the backseat behind the new progressive ideal, “equality of outcomes.” America has been baby-stepping towards “we all end up in the same place” thinking for years.
With Democrats now controlling the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, expect “equity” to be given wide scope of action. Some targets:
Housing: President Obama transformed a 1968 fair housing rule into something called Affirmatively Furthering Fair [equitable] Housing (AFFH). But he was constrained by divided government. Not President Biden. Expect federal pressure on local decision-making, such as single-family zoning.
Schools: Control is temptingly centralized in state education bureaucracies. Expect more federal leverage — in pursuit of equity. Some states and districts haven’t waited. Minnesota education policy commentator Katherine Kersten has written an eye-opening, 3,600-word overview of the equity transformation under way in Minnesota public schools. See: “The Revolution in Minnesota’s Schools.”
PragerU founder Dennis Prager has a fine “rule of thumb” for understanding political differences between conservatives and the Left:
“We [conservatives] don’t really want much power over people. The Left wants power over people . . . The conservative just wants to basically be left alone.”
Forget that. In 2021 people who want “power over other people” have it — to an undreamt of degree. The Left is in charge. This craving for power is now unleashed. Expect its expression in a range of disruptive utopian schemes — to change/abolish America. In the name of equity.