I wonder why race has to be used at all? Wouldn't it be better to just exclude the question entirely? With no interviews, there is complete equality in Apps.
Oh, man! You sure outed me!! I totally spent every night in college drinking and I slept through ALLLL of my classes (and all of my exams!) to graduate in the top 10% of my class. Phi Beta Kappa inducted me because of an error in their files!! All those awards I got? I don't know where they came from!! And the applications for the fellowships I was awarded must have filled THEMSELVES out. You're right, I haven't done a damn thing in my life, but (how lucky is this!?) 50+% of the country thinks I'm less than human, so Harvard Law, here I come!!!!!!
why don't we see AA in the rap or hip hop music business? why dont' we have AA in the NBA or football? Those fields seem pretty dominated by african american people. shouldn't we use the same arguement you have below to improve the diversity in these fields as well?Or should it be best man gets picked for the job regardless of his race?
I still think that AA is only effective/appropriate in the earlier tiers of education. Give children opportunities/health care/good educations...when they are young if you want to truly address inequities. Who needs more resource an at risk child or a grad student? A minority in a position to apply to grad school is the exception, they'll find their way regardless of any preferential treatment. If our goal is too address the problem, give the benefits where they can make a difference. AA in higher education cheapens the achievements of people of color. Whether it is valid or not URMs are assumed in many higher education arenas and professions to have had a "leg up." Does that really help? Regardless of feelings or politics, as long as AA rewards a minority of the minority....it doesn't work. Give the advantages to children/family foundations instead of patting ourselves on the back or complaining when a few people receive a perceived benefit that at best maintains the status quo.
The minimum wage laws are pathetic, they should be abolished. They do a great job of creating unemployment (see Economics 101.) The welfare state is horrible, and needs to be drastically reduced. Bill Gates deserves a bigger tax break (we should encourage great inventors, not punish them) and so do the poor. This country was founded on the basic idea of individual rights, and we should be working towards that ideal, not against it. People need to take responsibility, not pass the buck. And that's exactly what AA does -- it passes the buck. It says that certain people aren't capable of being responsible for their own lives. It is highly insulting to suggest that URMs cannot succeed without handouts.