Affirmative Action: Racist or Not?

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  1. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    This is to continue a discussion that began in another thread, where a couple of posters have claimed that Affirmative Action laws are racist, yet have been able to explain how they are racist or why.

    I maintain that Affirmative Action is not racist.

    Give your thoughts and why you believe your opinion to be true.
     
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    Jiro If You Know What I Mean Premium Member

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    while I wait for others to explain how it's racist, can you explain how Affirmative Action is not racist?
     
  3. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    Yes. Affirmative action is designed to help eliminate past and present discrimination based on race, gender, and national origin, particularly in employment and education. It's intent is to rectify past and prevent future racist and sexist discriminatory action.

    For an action to be racist or sexist, it's intent is to marginalize, oppress, or discriminate against a specific group. The intent of Affirmative Action is completely opposite the intent of a racist act.
     
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    rac·ism   /ˈreɪsɪzəm/ Show Spelled
    [rey-siz-uhm] Show IPA

    –noun
    1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
    2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
    3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

    Racism | Define Racism at Dictionary.com

    *shrug*
     
  5. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    Exactly. Thank you so much for supporting my statement that Affirmative Action is not racist as a result of intent.:ty:

    However, you have defined "racism". We are discussing racist action. Or, in the case of your assertion, racist laws. In that case, it is not a noun, but an adjective. That needs to be made clear so that you don't accidentally support my position again.:P
     
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    VamPyroX bloody phreak from hell

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    Affirmative Action can be seen from both sides just as Discrimination can also be seen from both sides.

    Let's look at it this way...

    A white man and a black man apply for a job at a company. After interviewing both men, the company decides to hire the white man because they feel the white man is more qualified for the position based on his skills, education, experience, etc.

    Now, the black man can look at it and say it's discrimination... or racist... because the company hired a white man over a black man.

    What if the company decided to improve their image of diversity and hired the black man instead? That would be affirmative action... or racist... since they hired a black man over a white man.
     
  7. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    Not exactly. What AA provides for is that when 2 candidates are equally qualified, one can not be excluded simply because of his race, her gender, or his/her ethnicity. Historically, that is what has happened in the workplace and the educational arena, and that is what AA intends to prevent.

    Is part of the intent to correct those past injustices. Absolutely. But it would only be racist to allow those practices to continue. Is part of its intent to promote diversity? Absolutely. Because historically, diversity has been absent in certain areas of society as a direct result of racist and discriminatory practices.
     
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    Secretblend Active Member

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    I call it reverse racism.
     
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    TXgolfer Dream Weaver Premium Member

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    Well, seeing how one was given an advantage solely on race.....sounds like racism either way to me. AA is just fighting racism with racism.

    And if AA is government policy it fits squarely under definition #2

    I don't even see a doubt.
     
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    jillio New Member

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    There is no such thing as reverse racism. If one is discriminated against because of their race, whether it is white or black, it is still racism, period.
     
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    jillio New Member

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    No one is given an advantage simply based on race or gender in AA. However, historically, both race and gender have been used as a means to discriminate in the workplace and the educational arena.

    No, number 2 says a policy that fosters discrimination. AA prevents it against historically oppressed and marginalized groups.
     
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    TXgolfer Dream Weaver Premium Member

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    :hmm: The Civil Rights Act provides for that too.....Talk about redundancy
     
  13. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    Affirmative Action is that which makes the Civil Rights Act applicable. :cool2: They are two very different laws.
     
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    dis·crim·i·na·tion   /dɪˌskrɪməˈneɪʃən/ Show Spelled
    [dih-skrim-uh-ney-shuhn] Show IPA

    –noun
    1. an act or instance of discriminating.
    2. treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
    3. the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
    4. Archaic . something that serves to differentiate.
     
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    The Civil Rights Act wasn't applied before Affirmative Action? :hmm: interesting
     
  16. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    Exactly. And that is what affirmative action prevents. The very acts of discrimination that were tolerated historically, for hundreds of years. You did again. Thank you.

    The purpose of affirmative action is to give our nation a way to finally address the systemic exclusion of individuals of talent on the basis of their gender, or race from opportunities to develop, perform, achieve and contribute. Affirmative action is an effort to develop systematic approach to open the doors of education, employment, and business development opportunities to qualified individuals who happen to be members of groups that have experienced long-standing and persistent discrimination.


    The AAAA firmly believes that affirmative action is a policy that must be maintained to assure that the progress made by women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities is preserved. It is a policy that will allow the youth of this country to inherit a future where equality and fairness is a part of being an American.
    About the American Association for Affirmative Action
     
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    I've actually been turned down several times for a job in the past because I wasn't non-white.
     
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    Again the Civil Rights Act and ADA did that..... :shrug:

    Oh well. enough said.....Decisions made based on race....are racist and wrong
     
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    jillio New Member

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    Are you sure that was the reason, or could it simply have been that a candidate that was hired was more qualified?

    But the fact is, that will happen when 2 candidates are equally qualified. Would it be okay to continue to turn down those who have been prevented from even applying in the past simply because they are non-white or non-male? That is what AA seeks to address in part. The discrimination that has occurred for hundreds of years. The number of non-white people being hired now in place of white candidates, given equal qualifications, does not make even a small dent in the number of minorities that have been discriminated against in employment opportunity in the past. The white male candidate has held, and exercised a distinct advantage over minorites for hundreds of years. Can he really stand up now and say..."Hey!! Taking my advantage away is racist!"?
     
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    Nice pandering.... And why a link to an AA group rather than a link to AA itself? Propaganda much?

    Oh well. No use beating a dead horse. :wave:
     

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