Yes, it bridges the disparity between minority and non-minority students and workers
Yes, it is important for the social welfare and diversity of the country
No, it encourages individuals to identify themselves as "disadvantaged"
No, it provides a basis for "reverse-discrimination"
No, it is devalues the accomplishments of both those who it benefits and those it does not
It is necessary for gender, but not race
It is necessary for race, but not gender
Other, please specify
the individual who benefits from AA MUST be as competent as their majority competitor for the position. the qualifications they must meet are not watered down because they are of a minority race
you have just illustrated my point abovePut another way, if a white, middle class kid wants to go to Harvard, they have to work their ass off and still cross their fingers. A black kid from the ghetto will not need to work as hard, because just checking off "African American" on their application gives them a huge boost.
that black kid had to work to meet the same competence level as the white kid. if they did not have the same level of attainment then the black kid would be excluded from the competition. the race of the applicant is what breaks the tie
as a government employee, and as a woman, i would be very surprised if you did not receive your position because of your genderI'd think it'd be insulting. AA is basically telling the minorities that they can't get in on their own merits. If someone hired me because I was female, I'd quit out of shame.
not saying you were not competent, you had to be, but saying that the males who also applied were non selected because the award went to a female to balance the past practice of preferring males in the workplace. that's the way AA works. congratulations. you have benefitted from AA. please, don't quit your job just because you are only now made aware of the preference you enjoyed only because of your gender
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars
Oh wait, that might get in the way of your preconceived notions!
Here's the problem, and the solution, rolled into one.--simply quit treating people as Groups, and treat them as individuals. We are not a group. And there is no universal group think.
"Don't be particular bout nothin, but the company you keep"
It may not have been designed like that, but that's exactly how it is in practice. My alma mater's law school (the University of Michigan) had a well-publicized case about letting in minorities with significantly worse scores than whites because of some AA/quota problems. Or the firefighters in New England that had a state Supreme Court rip up promotion-ranking tests because minorities placed at the very bottom under all the whites.Originally Posted by justabubba
There are so many other cases, but you have the internet. Feel free to use it.