It is fine to support the achievements of people in school and in the work force. However, it must be recognized that not every person has the opportunity to achieve in the same way. Some achieve by merely making it through in awful circumstances. We need affirmative action to make sure those with potential are recognized, as well as to right wrongs of the past.
Given the history and current state of Black people in American society, affirmative action examines the people's performance and takes into account societal disadvantages (not the best schools, economic disadvantges, etc.) and identifies those who use their resources effectively. Based off of a larger "objective" standard by which we measure meritocracy, there may be some inconsistencies, BUT affirmative action accounts for people who are "top of the pack" in their respective inner-city school even if they're only "middle of the pack" from some amazing private school.
Simply because society at large may be discriminatory toward a particular raciat group does not justify discrimination towards another racial group just as citizens shouldn't be punished to make an example out of them. The solution is not to discriminate other racial groups but to stop discrimination of any form towards minorities. The reality of a person's race should have no effect on their employment or acceptance. Affirmative Action does not solve the problem as it simply makes it easier to get employed and takes away the incentive to work hard. The reality is Blacks and Latinos don't perform as well in soiety due to the fact many live in a culture that may not revolve around working hard to get ahead and that of education unlike the majority of East Asians. While East Asians in the past have suffered discrimination they still prevailed past discriminatory practices because of a culture that highly vaues education and hard work. Racial and ethnic groups will never be equal in achievement due to cultural differences and possibly genetic ones as well. We just must make sure discrimination shouldn't exist and if Blacks and Latinos continue to perform more poorly in society behind Whites and Asians then that is fine as long as every individual has an equal opportunity. If those who are for affirmative action really wanted to achieve their goals it would seem more logical to promote affirmative action based on economic status, not on race. But even then I would stand against that. Ultimately affirmative action is a discriminatory and immoral policy and I have very strong feelings against it despite the fact that I am a minority myself. A poll from Gallup that I read showed that Whites, Latinos, and Asians all were opposed to affirmative action by the majority with the only exception being blacks.
The people for Affirmative Action are all saying it helps against discrimination and helps determine who did the most with the resources they had. Affirmative Action doesn't help against discrimination. It actually makes many people angrier at those who benefit from it (people who are already discriminated against). Also, if Affirmative Action determines who did the most with the resources they had, it should be based on geographic location, not color. That is assuming all "commonly" discriminated against people live in crappy neighborhoods with crappy schools and little to no opportunities, and all white people live in perfect neighborhoods with perfect schools and opportunities. Thank you.
Affirmative action rewards being part of a group deemed less desirable by society which is not necessarily earned. If an individual chooses to discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, physical disability etc. that is their problem and should not be obligated to hire anyone for a reason they do not want to. Merit should be the only basis for getting a job, but if an employer would rather hire a person for any reason it should be their personal decision since they have to work with them not you.
I think that Affirmative Action had its place right after segregation, but is no longer necessary. We should abide by the notions of a meritocracy because people need to work to succeed. You can't just have a rule that says that you can make a decision based on something that has no grounds.