The Failures Of Affirmative Action

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Once upon a time, there were two people who went to an interview for only one job position at the same company. The first person attended a prestigious and highly academic university, had years of work experience in the field and, in the mind of the employer, had the potential to make a positive impact on the company?s performance. The second person was just starting out in the field and seemed to lack the ambition that was visible in his opponent. ?Who was chosen for the job?? you ask. Well, if the story took place before 1964, the answer would be obvious. However, with the somewhat recent adoption of the social policy known as affirmative action, the answer becomes unclear.



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Why should an honest, hard-working, open minded, white male be suppressed, today, for past injustice? Affirmative action accepts and condones the idea of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Do two wrongs make a right? I think mother taught us better than that.



Affirmative action supporters make one large assumption when defending the policy. They assume that minority groups want help. This, however, may not always be the case. My experience with minorities has led me to believe that they fought to attain equality, not special treatment. To them, the acceptance of special treatment is an admittance of inferiority. They ask, ?Why can?t I become successful on my own? Why do I need laws to help me get a job?? These African Americans want to be treated as equals, not as incompetents.



In a statement released in 1981 by the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Jack P. Hartog, who directed the project, said: Only if discrimination were nothing more than the misguided acts of a few prejudiced individuals would affirmative action plans be ?reverse discrimination.? Only if today?s society were operating fairly toward minorities and women would measures that take race, sex, and national origin into account be ?preferential treatment.? Only if discrimination were securely placed in a well-distant past would affirmative action be an unneeded and drastic remedy.



What the commission failed to realize was that there are thousands of white males who are not discriminating yet are being punished because of those who do. The Northern ...

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