« on: August 04, 2006, 12:07:09 PM »
The reason why I would be ok with economic affirmative actions is because yes, people who have money do have better opportunity to do well on things like standardized tests. Race, if there is equal opportunity, doesn't inhibit you from doing well on a test if races do have equal capability (which i believe we all do). As far as character, I think that we all have character building experiences no matter what race we are. I also came from a high school that really wasn't accepting of Christians at times. I got picked on a lot when I was younger because I held firm to Christian ideals. However, these types of discrimination aren't looked at. I think that character is race neutral, either you have it or you don't. There are social stigmas for everyone these days, just in different forms (though you probably do have a better perspective on that that I do).
We don't agree about the girl I knew in high school. She was very bright, as were many people from my school. She also knew that the advantage she was getting wasn't fair, and turning that opportunity down took a TON of that character you've been talking about. Doing the right thing isn't always the most advantagious to yourself. Oh, and explain to me how it is telling that I can't remember specifics? I remember her saying "i turned it down because it wasn't a fair way to get it." That's not all that hard to remember. It is hard to remember how many community service hours she had, or who wrote a letter of reccomendation. It just seemed normal compared to everyone else.
I think we should eliminate affirmative action simply because I truely believe that the problems will fix themselves if we address the other problems causing the issue. But, at the time being, reverse discrimination isn't the answer.
As far as answering your comments on economic affirmative action, I honestly had trouble understanding what you were meaning (i don't mean that sarcastically at all). Could you paraphrase it again?