Affirmative Action; Negative

First off, let me quickly explain what affirmative action is.

Affirmative action is a general term for any policy that seeks to balance ethnic and sexual diversity in a certain area by granting minority groups special benefits and privileges. Examples of affirmative action include colleges and universities turning down the best students for minority students, and requiring businesses to hire a certain percentage of minority employees. A great synonym for affirmative action would be discrimination.

Affirmative action policies were put in place to prevent employers from a dominant group (a.k.a. Caucasian males) from discriminating against minority groups by favoring hiring of their ”own” (whatever that means). This, of course, comes from the misguided notion that employers are racist idiots who would hire under-qualified white men over more qualified minorities simply because they think (the government, minorities, whomever…) white men still have not accepted the principle that we human beings are all equal. Yeah, OK, employers are smart enough to be in charge of a business, but not enough to know that they’ll stand a better chance of success if they hire the best people for the job. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Affirmative action is bad for a number of reasons:

  1. Businesses are forced to hire minorities instead of having the freedom of hiring whomever is the best candidate for the job;
  2. Boys are already behind girls in school. Privileging girls over boys will further widen the education gap between the sexes;
  3. Affirmative action seeks to rectify past wrong-doings by privileging minorities over caucassian males. Not only is this unconstitutional, but if allowed to go on, it will create a vicious circle in which one subspecies or sex will attempt to oppress the other to make up for past wrong-doings.
Affirmative action’s intent was to get more minorities in high paying job, and that’s a good thing. But at what cost? Does the end justify the means? One thing is sure though: discrimination in any form, whether it be by privileging one group over another or by restricting the freedoms and rights of a group, is wrong.
What do you think? What do you think should be done about affirmative action? Find an alternate solution, remove it, or keep it? Post a comment below. Your opinion matters.

2 Responses to “Affirmative Action; Negative”

  1. 1 Myeisha October 31, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Affirmative Action has been in placed but has not helped. its just a law in place for no reason.

  2. 2 Symone Shields October 31, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Affirmitative action, if used as explained abouve, is wrong. I think it is good because it gives minorities another oppurtunity to get a break, but I also think it is bad because the better man, or woman, should get the job if they’re best qualified for the position. Discrimination can not be avoided in this country, possibly the world, because people are always trying to find a break somewhere. It isn’t the worst thing to do, but is it fair. I’m not saying your intentions are bad, but I’m saying that you should consider all possible effects of the cause you’re trying to create.

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