Mr. Simon apologized to me. I accepted, of course. But that said, from him:
If I am setting public policy, I do not have the ability to forge personal relationships and take each man as he is; I must rely on impersonal aggregations such as statistics by race or religion.
By doing so, you judge every man guilty of the crimes you find statistically likely for members of any group of which he can be described as a member. By that standard, NO group deserves membership in society. Discriminating in favour of your own group is special pleading and is antithetical to any honest system of ethics.
A short play by Malcolm the Cynic
SETTING: A Cherokee Indian – Sorry, Native of the North American Continent – is sitting at a table. A white dudebro wearing a scarf, skinny jeans, and hipster glasses walks up to the table.
Dudebro: Hey, make me a member of the Cherokee Indian tribe, a sovereign nation found within the borders of the United States.
Cherokee: Uh, no. You’re white and don’t have a drop of Cherokee DNA inside of you. That means we can’t let you in.
Dudebro: Wow, man, you’re such a racist. By that standard NO group deserves membership in the Cherokee tribe.
Cherokee: But the whole point of the Cherokee nation is that it is made up of Cherokee. OUR people. Otherwise the entire ide- ”
Dudebro: “Holy shit, dude, that’s so racist. Discriminating in favor of your own group is special pleading and antiethical to any honest system of ethics. You must think we’re all, like, subhumans. Next you’ll tell me you don’t want to let in Syrian refugees. Seriously, read a BIBLE sometime. Read about the Good Samuranian. Think about what JESUS would do, man. I mean, holy shit.
Cherokee: Actually, we don’t believe in the Bible –
Dudebro: [Flips up registration table and runs away babbling about racists and Syrian refugees]