Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is wrong and will not help solve the problems minorities face. The
reason it is wrong is because it's discrimination. It has no place in today's society in
today's society because it does more bad than good. In addition to that most people don't
enjoy the presence of affirmative action. Also, it appears that affirmative action can
actually be detrimental to employees health.


First of all, affirmative action is discrimination, there is no hiding it. When an
employer hires anyone because he or she is a minority, even if someone else if more
qualified to do the job, it is discrimination. Just because it is reverse discrimination,
when whites are discriminated against and minorities are being discriminated for, doesn't
make it right. Affirmative action legalizes discrimination (Steele 1990, 39). "I thought
discrimination was illegal in this country (Buchanan 1995, 1)." Also, if this
discrimination continues racism in the United States may become worse. Imagine what you
would feel like if you couldn't get a job just because you are a white man and not a
hispanic man. The racism will become worse because of it, and that is the very thing it is
trying to prevent. It is possible that because of affirmative action, racism will grow and
continue to grow until we history repeats itself and we end up living under Jim Crow laws
again. That is an extr!

eme possibility to end up under Jim Crow laws again, but it is a definite possibility to
end up somewhere close to Jim Crow laws again.


In addition to that, people say affirmative action is ok because it cures past
discrimination (Keyes 1996, 1). Discrimination wasn't ok when blacks were the ones getting
the short end of the stick. Therefore it's not ok when whites are discriminated against
(DeWit 1996, 1). Two wrongs don't make a right. Therefore, affirmative action doesn't make
discrimination ok just because it's against blacks instead of whites.


Affirmative action in college is the most discriminating thing this country has ever seen
since the Jim Crow laws many years ago (Buchanan 1995, 1). At ivy league colleges the
median GPA of applicants is close to 4.0 and S.A.T.'s are close to 1300, minorities are
let in with GPA's less than 3.0 and S.A.T.'s less than 1000 (D'Souza 1990, 231).


The only way for colleges to achieve ethnic proportionalism is to downplay or abandon
merit criteria and to accept students from typically under represented groups, such as
blacks, hispanics, and american indians, over better qualified students from among
whites and asian americans (D'Souza 1990, 231).


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