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Affirmative Action in the United States

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7/11/2015 7:12:08 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
We've all heard it before...Blacks have lower job prospects than a white counterpart of equal skill.
I'm not denying that this is true. However, I think that there's more to this than meets the eye.
Sociologists typically say that Whites typically have an inherent, illogical, often subtle but influential fear of uneasiness of Black people. However, that's not necessarily true. Tell me, White people: does THIS guy make you feel uneasy?
Or how about THIS guy?

Huh? He doesn't?
Well, how about THIS guy then?
Or THIS guy?

Now, exhibit two. Does THIS white guy scare you?
How about THIS one?

I think my point is proven (hopefully). While a degree of innate uneasiness towards black people may exist, I think it's influenced also by other factors, such as socio-economic class, demonstrated in dress, behavior, and a background check. You're probably not scared of the rich black guy, but the white trash guy probably would make you nervous.

Here's my conclusion: Affirmative Action should be based off socio-economic class, not race. Since black people are generally poor more often than Whites, it'd basically be the same thing. But it'd be a more fair system, where class is what you're helped to overcome. Poor blacks, poor whites, poor Native Americans, and the likes would be helped out of poverty, while middle class people of any race would not be touched by affirmative action.
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7/11/2015 8:04:13 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Well, if what you say is true about white people being intimidated by black people then surely under your Affirmative Action system, employers, who are typically white, would be intimidated by black people and would only hire white people. They'd follow the "only hire those in poverty" rule, but would only hire white people in poverty. That's what I think anyways.
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7/12/2015 10:52:20 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
None of those people scare me. The white trash dudes make me cringe and chuckle, but I wouldn't take them seriously if they approached me.

I live in the city, and it's a pretty culturally diverse area, which makes it easy to be at ease with every color and socioeconomic status. The reason people are "afraid" of any group of people is because they haven't been exposed to them enough. Put them in the city for a few days where they're constantly around them, and have them learn they're not out to get them, they'd be more at ease.

So, no I don't think the poverty one would work, as previous poster said. They'd hire poor whites, not poor blacks. As it is, affirmative action isn't hurting any white people. Resume's with white names are still more likely to get call backs than resumes with non-white names, even with affirmative action. No point in fixing what isn't broken.