I don’t think that was the point.
H. Nemesis Nyx
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I did not respond to the substance of the original article because I did not read the original article; as I said, I stopped at the first bald-faced lie. The author could not have pointed to “the low number of minorities that are involved in start up companies”, because there is no low number of minorities to point to. Minorities comprise the the majority of start-up founders. There were no Anglo males involved in the founding of Nextdoor, for example.

You however seem like an honest person so I will try to respond in kind. Your position, if I understand you correctly, is that members of minority groups would ipso facto be more qualified to address a particular problem (in this case, possible “profiling” by Nextdoor users).

I invite you to try that logic with other qualifications. Should a sports-news start up not hire women, because women supposedly don’t like sports? Should a financial start-up not hire black people, who are proverbially bad with money?

Logic that only works one way does not work at all.

(And do not bother trying to question the factual basis for the discrimination. The case the author actually brought up, Nextdoor, the four minority-group founders ignored the problem that minorities are supposedly uniquely qualified to address.)

And while I did not bring up intent, basically, your complaint is about what Stalin used to call “bourgeois justice”, which regards the law as a code of conduct. You argue that the goal is social justice, and any action that hinders that goal is a social crime.

A redefinition of injustice to mean “a failure to achieve the desired goal” is a recipe for totalitarianism. You are not happy with the result of Nextdoor’s policies, and you wish to punish them. You ignore their intent; you ignore the fact that Nextdoor actually followed the prescribed path (hiring minorities); you just punish them.

Well, we have seen where that goes. Every individual’s only goal is to avoid being the person punished when things go wrong. The path to success is not to achieve anything, but to become the person who decides who get punished. As a result, little or nothing gets achieved.

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