You have to hand it to the San Francisco Elections Commission. It was open, transparent and honest, and presented its compensatory racism without shame or obfuscation. This is, however, because in the Bizarro culture of San Francisco, “good” discrimination because of race and gender is nothing to be ashamed of. From the moment that “diversity-equity-inclusion became the latest woke buzz term, this episode was inevitable. The question, after the heads of all rational Americans stop exploding like Krakatoa, is “Now what?”
San Francisco Department of Elections director John Arntz has run the elections for the county and the city for 20 years. The San Francisco Elections Commission praised Arntz for his “incredible leadership,” but voted 4-2 not to renew his contract. Though all twelve election directors signed a letter requesting that Arntz be reappointed, he is now out of a job. Election commissioners were clear that their decision to dismiss him had nothing to do with inadequacies in his effectiveness in performing his duties, but, it was explained, there are more important things than being good at your job.
“Our decision wasn’t about your performance, but after twenty years we wanted to take action on the City’s racial equity plan and give people an opportunity to compete for a leadership position,” said commission president Chris Jerdonek to Arntz in an email. He was told that he could re-apply for his job. That’s nice, considering that in 2021, the Elections Commission wrote to the mayor that “San Francisco runs one of the best elections in the country and we believe this transparent process has allowed us to continue to improve our elections.” The year before, it commended Arntz “for his incredible leadership … The Department successfully ran two elections this year while facing significant challenges, including national threats to election security, mandatory vote-by-mail operations to all registered voters, anticipated increase in voter participation, budget cuts, and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
So it’s only fair that he gets the chance to compete for the job he has already done impeccably. It’s really too bad that he’s white. Oh well.
Now it’s up to Arntz whether he’s going to be a good American and an Ethics Hero and make an appropriate stink in the media, or be an Ethics Dunce, a weenie, and complicit in the establishment of anti-white racial discrimination as a cultural norm.
[Notice of Correction: Ugh. In the original post, I stupidly stated that Arnstz’s fate was illegal. It would be if he were fired, but he wasn’t: he just was told that his contract wouldn’t be renewed. Ethically, there’s no distinction: it’s still discrimination. Legally, however, it is very different. This racial prejudice is entirely legal. He may have a ground for a suit if he applies for his old job and can show he wasn’t hired because of his race. Thanks to Paul Compton for pointing out my carelessness.]
San Francisco has long been Patient Zero in a national outbreak of ethics and democracy rot. Victims and those who understand the meaning of equality under the law must stop being intimidated by accusations of “white supremacy” and meet this threat head on.
Bonus question: How long will it take the mainstream media to report this story?
[Added: Legal Insurrection has an excellent post on this story here.]