So then please explain your first statement in this thread. I'm curious (and honestly not flame-baiting).
About what, Affirmative Action?
In the case of colleges I think that affirmative action does not work and has turned into a quota system. I feel colleges are more inclined to admit URM's who do have not have the qualifications soley based on their ethnicity when there are other, more qualified people.
Obviously and as with everyting, there are exceptions.
The military is the same way, especially when it comes to recruiting.. Recruiters have to recruit people and are rewarded for placing URM's in certain jobs, especially high-tech ones..
Employers, especially federal and state gov't jobs, function the same way and are even worse.
it would be great to interview people for a job without knowing their name, their gender, or their ethnicity and then base the highering decision soley on their qualifications. This way, there would be no question as to how the person obtained the job.