March 05, 2012

Teenager thinks Indians get free ride

With the Supreme Court set to review affirmative action policies in higher education, here's a timely posting.

Since the website is for high-school journalism, I presume the author is an immature teenager who wasn't alive for Clinton's impeachment, much less the Civil Rights movement. Here's her take on AA and my response:

Discrimination in Reverse

By Emily FishmanAt the time of its incep­tion Affirmative Action was a necessary measure to pro­tect minority rights. Rac­ism, prejudice and big­otry abounded in America among people from almost all sectors of society; there­fore, the United States govern­ment's forward thinking and action was significant in sig­naling to the country that all people should have and would be guaranteed equality.

These days however the United States is a drastically different place in terms of social and cultural accep­tance and blindness to differ­ences in race. Affirmative Ac­tion is an outdated program that continues to pander to and give minorities wildly exorbitant benefits regardless of merit and is blind to the changed at­titudes of United States citizens.

People constantly hear that for race to cease to be an issue, it must be completely ignored, yet we in America still fund and support a policy that under­scores the differences among people. African Americans and Native Americans appear to have total equality under the law in America—what Affir­mative Action does is instill the idea that minorities are not actu­ally just normal people, they are somehow inferior and thus need extra help to succeed and be on the same level as everyone else.

One of the most exasper­ating aspects of Affirmative Action is that it not only gives preferential treatment to minori­ties, but also gives the impres­sion that it hinders the ability of those not affiliated with an Affirmative Action endorsed minority to achieve success. If someone is part of a Native American tribe, his chances of acceptance into an Ivy League institution are markedly higher than the white student in his class in terms of GPA and aca­demic record; but because the Native American's ancestors were discriminated against sev­eral decades ago, the eighteen year old white student must pay.
Comment:  The typical Native American student will have overcome huge obstacles to get to the Ivy League starting line. Huge obstacles that the typical white student didn't face.

If there's any affirmative action in admissions left--a doubtful proposition--it'll do what it's supposed to do. Namely, give the Native student a small boost to compensate for the many advantages the white student already has.

Your presumption that racial discrimination is gone just because it's against the law is naive and ridiculous. AA levels the playing field that's still badly tilted against minorities.

For more on the subject, see "Save the White Race!" Sticker and Affirmative-Action Bake Sale.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

White woman complains about how unfair affirmative action is. LOL This is rich. Women got affirmative action too. (Is affirmative action still a thing?)