Monday, March 26, 2012

Speaker: Affirmative action needed to combat discrimination
March 22, 2012 6:11 PM

Beth L. Jokinen

“They say this is a post-racial society, but the reality is discrimination still exists. That's why we still need affirmative action.” — Shirley Wilcher, American Association for Affirmative Action

LIMA — Shirley Wilcher has heard she now lives in a “colorblind” society, but she is not buying it.

To prove it Thursday in Lima, she told a personal story of trying to hail a taxi in Chicago only to have the driver speed off when realizing it wasn't the nearby white woman who waited for him.

“Still in the 21st century you have to face the indignity of not even getting a cab without feeling like a second- or third-class citizen. ... This society is still not colorblind,” the executive director of the American Association for Affirmative Action said during the Equity, Opportunity and Diversity annual State of the State Conference.

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