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Are background checks the new 'racism'?

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Liberals are working to make it a crime for employers to ask, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?"  In fact, the 45,000 "navigators" in charge of registering applicants for Obamacare aren't required to undergo any criminal background checks, despite access to highly sensitive personal information.

Over at NRO, John Fund wonders: Are background checks the new "racism"?

The Obama administration is clearly moving away from its prior support for background checks, at least when its politically correct allies find such checks offensive. But I am certain that most Americans would be angry to learn that the kind of vigorous background checks census workers underwent just three years ago have been abandoned in the case of Obamacare navigators. After all, the personal data the navigators will handle is even more sensitive than what census workers were tabulating.

Roger Clegg, head of the Center for Equal Opportunity, laments that we seem to have ignored Martin Luther King’s appeal to judge people “by the content of their character” rather than “by the color of their skin.” Today, all too often, skin color trumps all: Race is often used as the basis for preferring one job applicant or college student to another. But under the EEOC’s guidance, employers who try to factor in the content of one’s character, at least as revealed by one’s criminal record, risk costly litigation and stigma. Welcome to Catch-22 world of the Obama administration.

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