A British billionaire businessman called affirmative action “dangerous for society” – and suggested that the Black Lives Matter movement could have created “more bigotry”.
“I’m not very keen on throwing society off balance by having quotas,” John Caudwell, founder of UK chain of mobile phone stores, Phones 4u, told The Times of London.
“I still think the best person should win, whether black, white, male or female,” said Caudwell, who is estimated to be worth $ 3.1 billion.
“I don’t like affirmative action… I think affirmative action is dangerous for society,” he told the Times Education Commission, a year-long study to determine if radical change is needed in British education.
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“It leads to resentment and I have seen it many times.
“Has Black Lives Matter improved the cause of black people, or has it caused more resentment and more fanaticism? It’s a good debate to have,” he insisted.
“I am not into affirmative action, but I create as many opportunities as possible for people,” he said.
Despite his criticism, Caudwell conceded that he understood “where it came from”, suggesting that it could work under extreme circumstances.
“I understand that there is a time and a place where this is beneficial, for example post-apartheid in South Africa,” he said.
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Caudwell also tore up the UK education system for ‘brainwashing’ children into believing they needed a degree to get a job – as well as pushing them into universities just to ‘get them out of there. ‘allowance’, referring to the UK term for unemployment benefits.
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