Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Support Applebees and Dunkin' Donuts

An immigrant advocacy group in Chicago is calling for a nationwide boycott of Applebees restaurants and Dunkin' Donuts stores for the unthinkable crime of verifying the legality of those they employ:
A local group fighting for immigrant rights is calling for a boycott of two nationally known companies. Dunkin Donuts and Applebee's are accused of discriminating against immigrant workers whose names don't match their social security numbers.
It is imperative that we institute a nationwide database that matches SS numbers with names. The Department of Labor or the EEOC should be charged with ensuring that employers use the database and for levying heavy fines on employers who fraudulently hire illegal workers at the expense of legal ones.

Discrimination wasn't always such a dirty word. Back in the day when people could make value judgments, a man known for his discriminating taste was a man of keen insight. Acceptance has taken the place of perspicacious discrimination. Irrespective of ability or qualification, or even legality, the Good company will ask nothing of those it employs, especially if they are 'disadvantaged' (ie other than heterosexual white male).

Law enforcement is apparently synonymous with racism:
Some immigration rights groups at Federal Plaza say it is no mistake there has been an increase in effort to curtail immigration reform. They have planned a day of fasting in protest of the 'no match' letters, raids, and deportations.

"It looks to me like its racism," said Emma Lozano, Pueblo Sin Fronteras.
Diversity in a philosophically egalitarian system virtually guarantees endless charges of racism, bias, bigotry, and all the other ad hominem that is used to stifle any defense of merit. People are different. By extension, so are various groups of people. With 'disparate impact' codified legislatively (already having been made standard by judicial fiat in the late eighties) in the Civil Rights bill of the 1991, the effects of human diversity must consistently be remedied through the downward adjustment of standards (as race norming was also outlawed in the same bill) to the point that all people, no matter how lowly, meet the minimum requirements. IQ tests cannot be used because blacks and Hispanics fair worse on them than whites and Asians do. Criminal background checks are suspect because they disproportionately bar blacks from employment. Commissions must be set to find ways to ensure that women are equally represented in the upper echelons of math and science despite the paucity of women with IQs high enough to compete with the top men in these fields. Next up, legal residency status cannot be used as a method of employment screening as it discriminates against illegal residents!

The companies have no right to abide by the law:
Groups accuse several companies of the practice using 'no match' letters to immigrant workers who don't have valid social security numbers. They want the public to boycott businesses, including Applebee's and Dunkin Donuts. Neither company could be reached for comment.
What audacity. I will make a concerted effort to go to Applebees whenever I eat out from now on. When I have to pick up donuts in the morning, it'll be from Dunkin' Donuts.

Contact Applebees and Dunkin' Donuts and let them know that you appreciate what they've been doing. Corporations are influenced by the implications on profitability of the actions they take, not on principle. Before they cave and reach settlements and offer apologies to get the hustlers off their backs, let them know that their verifications of legal status are appreciated and that you will be patronizing them more often in thanks for it. Make it profitable for them to abide by the law and do what is in the US' best interest.



JSBolton said...

Pro-merit getting characterized as racism, discrimination, etc., follows not only from egalitarian premisses, but also from those which assert the superiority of some disadvantaged group.
One may be tempted to point out the hypocrisy in that or other cases, but anti-discrimination as a social ideal is what is commonly left unchallenged.
A society can have too much anti-discrimination; as when aggression is used to further such an ideal, or when national security is compromised thereby, or when morality or merit standards are displaced by it.
Today the left, or liberals at least are quite willing to admit that government will not always reject discrimination.
This leaves anti-discrimination in that rather weak condition of being a social ideal which you can have either too much or too little of.
Another example would be education as a social ideal; there could be too much or too little.
Maybe environmental pollution contol is a better example; it's easy to project that excesses of too much or too little are possible.
Health, though, is an ideal that you could never have too much of.
Everything depends on how these goals and ideals are stated, and we see machiavellian manipulation by completely hostile groups of these terms.
Unprincipled people, like ethnic activists, using moral or political principles, cannot be given the benefit of the doubt.
They're willing to say it's racism if the government discriminates against foreigners by enforcing immigration laws.
Deception is what they're attempting, and power is the goal.

Anonymous said...

Give 'em enough rope comes to mind.

Such extreme positions will, in the end, not do their cause any good.

Anonymous said...

I will continue to get my daily coffee fix from Dunkin' Donuts.

I was already convinced about the Today show finding it to be America's best coffe based on taste, but now I now it is moreso because of their way of doing business: the American way.