Melissa, I too have been passed for jobs for a minority applicant, and I too was more qualified. Go ahead nyugrad, call me a liar. I will personally send you the letter that they sent me, stating that "in an attempt to maintain a diverse workforce, we will consider only minorities for this position, unless no minority candidates apply". And out of the 10 people who were in that room during the group interview..... two were minorities.... and both of them got a job with the company, when only one position was advertised. Not only did most of the other candidates have more experience than those two minority candidates, but some of us had higher levels of education also.
Affirmative Action is all about quotas. Some people love to claim that "minorities are under-represented" in colleges, universities, and in certain career fields. Based on this under- representation, the playing field should be leveled using racial or gender based quotas. No other criteria - test scores, grades, or experience are acceptable if they don't result in diversity. This lowers our expected levels of excellence - it shows that it dosnt matter how qualified a candidate is, jsut as long as we have a few minorities in the group to make it look good.
If a minority is qualified, by god, give em the job. If a white person isn't qualified, dont even give them the time of day for an interview. But if someone is determined to be qualified or not JUST by the color of their skin, what the hell has the world come to? We teach our children that skin color means nothing, yet we have a government who gives certain skin colors "breaks" and "extra points".
Affirmative action is reverse discrimination. Affirmative Action is rarely a matter of choosing among equal candidates. How can we expect that minorities will ever become truly competitive if they are never given conditions in which true competition is necessary? How are they suppose to be on an equal playing field with the rest of the country if they are given special treatment?
as far as law school admissions go... law school is an academic environment and schools should choose applicants based on their ability to thrive in that environment regardless of their backgrounds. Secondly, lowering admissions standards for certain minority groups perpetuates stereotypes that members of those groups are less intelligent because it implies that nobody from these groups is smart enough to get into college on his or her own merits. This sort of stereotyping perpetuates the inequalities that affirmative action seeks to eliminate.
so nyugrad, you can call me a liar too. In the big bad real world, my experience and Melissa's experience happens all the time. Maybe you should open your eyes to the harsh realities that just because you have been fortunate enough not to experience reverse discrimination that dosnt mean that it dosnt exist, and how wrong your statement : "ANY reasonably prudent person would seriously question the validity of your statement" truly is. Not any reasonable prudent person, only a shallow minded individual who proceeds through life with blinders on.
lets all try to stay on topic here, and not accuse others expereinces of not being "entirely truth". If you can't handle that, maybe you should find another discussion board.