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TOPIC: Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action 18 Nov 2012 22:33 #1560

  • reiko.k
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Is affirmative action a sign of progression towards equality or is it just another system meant to perpetuate stereotypes? My view is that affirmative action does not progress the ideals of equality, rather it makes it worse. If people want to be treated equally then there should be no discrimination positive or negative.

According to the U.S Department of Labor "affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans." The data implies that qualified members of certain groups should have priority in being hired but, if slots are saved for individuals before selection what happens to others who are qualified? People who do not fit the categories are effectively discriminated against because they are not minorities. Just as a racist manager would turn away a black man for a white man of equal or less skill, so it is the same that a majority member is turned away for a minority member with possibly equal or less skill.

I understand that certain prejudices prevent minorities from being seen as equals, let alone the socio-economic factors that make qualification for a job difficult. However, meritocracy should be valued above all else. No group should be given special priority. A person should be judged on how well they perform, not what background they came from.
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