Affirmative Action Needs Reform

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Affirmative Action Needs Reform

The goal of affirmative action was not (or at least should not have been) to promote diversity.

The goal should have been to promote and ensure equality of opportunity for people regardless of

race, color, creed, gender or national origin. The system that has evolved since the civil rights

legislation of the 1960's is a misapplication of its original intent. Laws have been passed, quotas

have been established and seemingly, everything has been done to prevent discrimination, but

these new laws and quotas are only discriminating against a new group of people--the qualified

white male. The affirmative action system originally may have had a just intent, but I

sincerely believe it has been counterproductive in practice.

Affirmative action by design was intended to help minorities and women reach the same

levels of opportunity as the so-called majority, but in the process, reverse discrimination has

taken place. Graglia believes "affirmative action" has become simply a deceptive label for racial

preferences (31). This discrimination transgresses the basic American ideal that all people are

equal before the law and must be treated as individuals. With the mass media rarely recognizing

quotas much less portraying white males sympathetically, Peter Lynch, a sociological researcher,

states "white males have been silently victimized one by one" (qtd. in Brimelow and Spencer).

Now , in order to be employed, qualifications do not always matter as much as the color of a

person's skin or his ethnicity. Race and gender-based preferences have no place in an affirmative

action program. Race preferences were originally rese...

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Works Cited

Brimelow, Peter and Spencer, Leslie. "When Quotas Replace Merit, Everybody Suffers."

Forbes 15 Feb. 1993: 80-102.

Carter, Stephen L. "Racial Justice on the Cheap." Elements of Argument Text 1997: 382-387.

Glazer, Nathan. "Race, Not Class." Elements of Argument Text 1997: 389-392.

Graglia, Lino A. "The Affirmative Action Fraud." Washington University Journal of Urban

and Contemporary Law (Summer 1998): 31-38.

Koch, Ed. "Be Fair to All the Disadvantaged." The American Enterprise (Nov/Dec 1998): 66.

O'Sullivan, John. "Preferences For (Almost) All." National Review 17 Apr. 2000: 22-24.

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