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  • Yes, for the most part.

    Despite great leaps in social reform and the treatment of minority races, there is still a stigma attached to certain origins or gender. Affirmative hires are still required, though they do attach a sort of grudging stigma to the person hired under that requirement. Sadly, until all people are seen as perfectly equal (provided they all qualify for the task), it will continue to be necessary.

  • Affirmative Action provides opportunity for minorities and economically disadvantaged students

    I'll start this out by stating that I am an upper middle class, white, female from an affluent community. I certainly have had so many opportunities that people who live in communities where survival is the objective have not been given. These communities are unfortunately disproportionally minority communities who struggle to fund public schools and other educational pursuits. These students do not have access to SAT prep, or the resources to hire "college consultants" to help boost their resume and get them into college. Instead, these kids are working jobs so that their family can eat and have less time to devote to their studies. Students who overcome adversity deserve to have a chance at the same education that I have access to.

  • The Great Equalizer

    Racism exists. Fact. If you are a white male, you have the highest chance to succeed in the United States. Fact. Most people in prison are minorities. Fact. If you are a minority, you are more likely to have negative encounters with law enforcement. Fact.

    If you can agree to this, then you know that something is wrong. But what do we do about this innate discrimination? If you don't like affirmative action, fine--fix the innate discrimination problem. If you don't want to fix the problem but want to get rid of affirmative action, then you are saying it is okay that these minorities don't get a fair shake--that they have to work twice or three times as hard to get what others have handed to them. This is not the exception. This is the rule.

    To me, doing nothing is far worse than attempting to do something out of good intentions and missing the mark.

  • The legacy of slavery, colonization and "otherizing" is still a reality for people of color

    Anyone who doesn't think poverty and racism still pose obstacles to equal opportunity in the US needs to spend a day in the shoes of a person of color. Affirmative Action keeps our public institutions diverse, which adds not only richness to the experience for whites, but brings with it learning opportunities that have little to do with formal education.

  • Yes it is a good idea

    Yes, for the most part. Despite great leaps in social reform and the treatment of minority races, there is still a stigma attached to certain origins or gender. Affirmative hires are still required, though they do attach a sort of grudging stigma to the person hired under that requirement. Sadly, until all people are seen as perfectly equal (provided they all qualify for the task), it will continue to be necessary.

  • Yes, we need to provide opportunities to people who face more limited options.

    Affirmative action is a good idea because it helps provide options for people in our society who are disadvantaged from birth. The after-effects of slavery and racism in this country continue to have a pervasive and insidious effect. A large percentage of African Americans not only face disadvantages from generations of poor education and poverty, but the very color of their skin has a negative influence on employers. Affirmative action helps to counterbalance those problems.

  • Yes, for the most part.

    Despite great leaps in social reform and the treatment of minority races, there is still a stigma attached to certain origins or gender. Affirmative hires are still required, though they do attach a sort of grudging stigma to the person hired under that requirement. Sadly, until all people are seen as perfectly equal (provided they all qualify for the task), it will continue to be necessary.

  • People should be judged based upon qualification.

    Affirmative action seems like a good idea in theory. Race however should not be a factor. Race is something that can't be controlled and just because somebody is a certain race shouldn't mean it is a reason that someone should be more qualified. Just because white people oppressed blacks for so long doesn't mean that whites should pay them back with things like affirmative action. Affirmative action is racist and against the principle that all people are equal.

  • "A man should be judged, not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character"- Martin Luther King Jr.

    I would be the first to say there WAS a time when Affirmative Action was necessary, but that time has passed. If people are going to shout that we are all equal, that it is our own personal accomplishments and not our gender or race that defines us, then why ask for our gender or skin color upon entering secondary education? I am confident my own abilities qualify me rather than the genetic makeup that determines my appearance. People should be insulted that someone has told them their heritage is a disability, whether that be by saying "You are black; therefore, you are clearly underprivileged." or by saying "You are white and male, clearly you are overprivileged."

  • AA is a racist construct

    AA is a racist construct Jobs and colleges accept people based on level of skill
    People who actively support affirmative action are effectively saying, "being a minority makes you less qualified for a job, here is your boost so you can force better workers out of a job!"

    Affirmative action says minoritys are weak and incapable of taking care of themselves.

  • No, affirmative action is not a good idea.

    While affirmative action started out as a valid way of removing inequality created by years of oppression of minorities, it has created a modern society which values skin color for appearances more than merit which filling higher education institutions and work positions. It is no longer used to balance out injustice, but rather create 'diversity' to promote a more rounded learning/work environment. That was never supposed to be the point. We need to remove affirmative action, and go to a system where education and job placement and promotion are based on merit, now the color of your skin. By implementing affirmative action we are stifling our ability to be bigger, faster, stronger, and smarter for the sake of appearances. We need to value success, not race.

  • No, it is racist.

    It is racist but a bad idea in general. First of all it implies that certain minorities are too stupid to get to college on their own merit. It also creates an artificial quota which lowers the quality of education in many cases. People should rely on their own merits without a discriminatory policy to artificially help them out.

  • No, reverse discrimination is not the answer

    Just like many leftist ideas, such as socialism, affirmative action may seem like a good theory; counterbalancing many years of racism and discrimination by offering a level playing field for certain groups of people, applying to colleges or for jobs. Unfortunately, these theories fail miserably when practiced. Today affirmative action only helps blacks and native americans, while failing to help other minorities. African Americans in particular, have used the color of their skin, and not their education or other abilities to get accepted to colleges or jobs. Many cases have been cited where a white loses a job spot or college spot to a black with less education and less credibility and ability, simply because of skin color. Reverse discrimination is not the answer... It will lead to racial and class conflict, and if our greatest fears come true, socialism will take its place.

  • No, it is racist by trying to eliminate racism

    By providing certain biased toward a certain race of people this plan intends to put other races down, no one ever thinks maybe the race of people just aren't working hard enough? Example my mother grew up in A very poor area of Taiwan during the 70's and 80's when there wasn't a lot of money she and her 5 siblings got as much as the eggs her mom sold and her dad was dead too, all she did was work hard for grades and school and now she makes over 100K a year and has a master's degree in finance and accounting so clearly not enough work isn't being done on someone's end and it isn't the U.S government.


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