Affirmative action is warranted, yet, not equivalent to reparations for slavery.
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Affirmative action is a system that was designed to counteract the various prejudices, biases and shortcomings that have been proven to exist in the current system. Though commonly mistaken as solely for melaninated people, affirmative action makes exceptions and allowances for many different groups of people. [i.e. handicapped, women, etc.] Shared BoP Opponent must show how affirmative action is an unwarranted policy that aids only melaninated individuals. Opponent must also prove how affirmative action policies are equivalent to reparations for slavery.
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As stated affirmative action is a system that was designed to counteract the various prejudices, biases and shortcomings that have been proven to exist in the current system. In my opinion, there is really no debate regarding this issue. To win this debate, Con must prove that affirmative action only aids melaninated individuals and is equivalent to reparations for slavery. Though this is a popular notion, it is a complete contradiction of the actual practice of affirmative action.
First, I would like to provide a general definition of affirmative action.
affirmative actionnoun 1. (US) a policy or programme designed to counter discrimination against minority groups and women in areas such as employment and education 
As the definition explains, affirmative action policies can benefit many groups that have been (or continue to be) discriminated against - namely minorities and women. The beneficiaries of affirmative action can also be those who have disabilities.
The fact that women and disabled men who identify as 'white' can benefit from affirmative action proves that the policy does not solely benefit melaninated individuals and that it can not be considered to be equivalent to reparations for slavery. I will rest my case and allow my opponent to present his response.
Women who identify themselves as 'white' actually benefit the most from affirmative action. "While [people of color], individually and as groups, have been helped by affirmative action in the subsequent years, data and studies suggest women — white women in particular — have benefited disproportionately."   As stated, affirmative action is a policy that is purported to be an attempt to counter the blatant prejudices, biases and shortcomings that have been proven to exist in the current system. However, affirmative action was not ever intended to be any form of reparations for the institution of slavery that was utilized in the U.S..
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I will now argue why affirmative actions are equivalent to reparations for slavery. They are equivalent to reparations for slavery, because my opponent argues only melaninated people were part of slavery. I argue that as per the definition of slavery:
"Full Definition of SLAVE
: one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence" 
all disadvantaged people were "enslaved" and so reparations for slavery don't only apply to melaninated people, but to woman, disabled, etc, basically people who at one point in history were treated badly and completely subservient to a dominating influence. So white woman still were at one point considered slaves as per the definition and so it is reparations to slavery.
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