Affirmative Action Stereotypes

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Affirmative action generally means giving preferential treatment to minorities in admission to universities or employment in government & businesses. The policies were originally developed to correct decades of discrimination and to give disadvantaged minorities a boost. The diversity of our current society as opposed to that of 50 years ago seems to indicate that programs have been a success. Many think the policies are no longer needed and that they lead to more problems than they solve. Affirmative action leads to reverse discrimination, lower standards of accountability to perform better and would lead a truly color-blind society. Affirmative action is designed to end discrimination and unfair treatment of employees/students based…show more content…
That's where affirmative action programs come from."( Billingsley) These practices, have replaced individual rights with group entitlements, and the concept of equal opportunity with demands for equal outcomes, which in turn have produced quotas in workplace hiring and promoting, in government subcontracting, and in college admissions and faculty hiring. The result has been compromised standards throughout the economy and the educational system. These policies have undermined the long-standing ideal of admitting students to college, hiring and promoting employees, and awarding contracts on the basis of merit rather than politics. By creating a climate of dependence—which actually penalizes efforts by individual members of minorities to succeed on their own merits—affirmative action has reinforced the worst stereotypes of members of "protected groups" as consisting of people unable to "make it on their own." Preferential policies have added fuel to racial tensions by incurring the resentment of those not in protected groups, those who are expected to pay the costs of reparation despite never having engaged in discriminatory…show more content…
So far as we are aware, few whites from Dubuque have been systematically victimized by racial prejudice. But numerous African-Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos have. No, not all African-Americans, not all Latinos, not all American Indians, are suffering from the effects of past and present discrimination. Not all will contribute more to diversity than the average white applicant. Of course not. But common sense, and the overwhelming preponderance of evidence, should make it obvious to college admissions officers where to concentrate their energies. (Ilya Somin) Despite the politically correct lip service paid to equal employment and a color-blind society, entrenched elitism continues to be a barrier. When one author earned her doctorate in education at 35, after more than 10 years of practical experience, she was informed that she would need at least 20 years of work experience to qualify for an entry-level university teaching position. She challenged the obvious unfairness of the situation; many currently working white teachers and some high-level university administrators had neither a doctorate degree nor 20 years' work experience. The explanation given is that many academics were "grandfathered" into teaching and administrative positions. In

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