I need a response to the below statement:
While EEOC protections are generally positive and important, when it comes to viewing affirmative action through a Biblical lens, it is nothing short of partiality because of preferential treatment and prioritization, and is thus a sin (Deuteronomy 1:17, 1 Timothy 5:21, James 2:9). Furthermore, “Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him”” (John 14:23). We are called to love what God loves and hate what God hates, and from this verse, we are to love God by obeying Him, meaning avoiding the sin of partiality. However, some do not see and understand the partiality and damage that comes with affirmative action, for Walker et al. (2021) believe it to be a good thing, that it “authorizes individuals, companies, and institutions to make good faith efforts to hire, retain, and promote women, people of color, and those with disabilities at the same rates as others” (p. 2).
As a capitalist nation, we have and should continue to oppose any form of socialist values and practices (affirmative action), for they intend to produce equal outcomes. I highly believe in equal opportunities, not forced, partial, and undeserved outcomes that indeed pose a disadvantage to others who may be more qualified. While the Coast Guard strategically locates scholarship programs in minority-based schools, they still can not dictate what ethnicities can apply for the program within this school. To ensure qualified individuals, standardized and objective methods must be used for hiring interviews and tests, which should remove any form of discrimination and the need for affirmative action. There are many resources out there to aid individuals in attaining equal opportunities, but they must have the initiative, drive, and endurance to attain these. The Bible highly values and praises hard work, while condemning laziness: “The laborer deserves his wages” (1 Tim 5:18); “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living” (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12); “Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger” (Proverbs 19:15); “He who tells his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty” (Proverbs 28:19).
Walker, L. A., Williams, A., Triche, J., Rainey, L., Evans, M., Calabrese, R., & Martin, N. (2021). #StayMadAbby: Reframing affirmative action discourse and White entitlement on Black Twitter. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.1037/dhe0000275