In the context of screening to determine eligibility to exercise a fundamental right, background checks are vital, and we don’t concern ourselves with whether it might be a racist policy that disproportionately prevents minorities from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. But in the context of employment, the Obama Administration is very concerned about background checks preventing minorities from being hired:
The Obama administration continues to warn employers about doing criminal and other background checks that could disparately impact minorities and other groups protected by discrimination laws.
Oh, so now that it’s in a context the left disfavors, background checks are bad. I see.
Civil right advocates also worry about employers ruling out minority candidates because of arrest records and not necessarily convictions.
And how many Blacks in Philadelphia have been denied their right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution because of just an arrest record? We’ve been bitching about this stuff for years, but because it’s a concern the left does not view as legitimate, nothing changes. If you want to be a “civil rights advocate,” you should care about all civil rights, not just the ones you like.
I can actually agree that employers are getting a little nuts when they are counting arrest records against applicants, but you don’t then get to turn around and dismiss concerns when they are presented in a context you don’t favor.