AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Well, from what I understand we're all pretty much homosapiens, so not sure how race plays a role. Now, what AA actually does is provide a system that attempts to diminish the effects fo cultural disadvantages. This was the reason for AA, and it just so happens that blacks were the target of these cultural disadvantages. We've already put to bed the notion that blacks can't learn as well as any other color of people. We already know they can. However, there is some truth (As much as it pains me to say it) to the idea that certain cultures are at a disadvantage over others in Western societies. Now as one poster already pointed out, AA is really just a band aid to a much more significant, and deeply rooted problem in American society; and that is, that black kids in this nation are subjected to Fatherless homes, rampant crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and a whole host of other things. The question is, does AA help those stuck in such a situation and is there any evidence of it actually helping? My understanding is that most blacks accepted into universities actually earned their way to at least be thinking about university to begin with. For whatever reasons they managed to get educated enough to consider post high-school educations. In this sense, then yes, AA needs to go away because those that have made it that far should not be discriminated against, no MATTER what color you are. At that juncture, admissions should be looking at test scores, aptitude, and any other measure the higher education institution uses to grade potential incoming students, but race should not be one of them.
Just my two cents.
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I have a honest question for those that are holding tight to the idea that AA is racist. Why are you holding so tight to the idea that it's unfair to whites? With just a cursory review of the law, you'll see that it doesn't provide any benefit to one race over another. It's not a handout.