For the record, I'm white. But I hope that people don't equate my being white and against AA with being a racist, as I am certainly not at all. At the end of the day, in my opinion, AA works contrary to the ultimate goal of equality favored by many successful minorities--goals that, I for one, strongly support.
Clarence Thomas seems to be stuck on this point as well. But were it not for affirmative action, he would not have been a Yale graduate, he would not have been head of the Civil Rights Commission, he would not be a Supreme Court Justice irrespective of his ability. Affirmative Action opened up the doors of opportunity for him - doors that would have been closed otherwise.
When the recent graduate with the fantastic numbers arrives for his first day of work, he notices that others stare at him in curious bewilderment. Despite the fact that he certainly "earned" his spot at Michigan, behind his back his colleagues wonder, "How did he get into Michigan Law? Hmmm, I wonder if he got in simply because of his race." Deservedly, the applicant with mediocre numbers is received with similar glances, reactions and comments in his new office.Is AA fair to minorities who have the numbers to get into top schools? Is it right that they will forever be looked at as though they benefitted from an unfair program or faced a different set of standards, especially given that they may have actually met or exceeded those standards? I think that AA needs to be eliminated, not necessarily because it is unfair toward whites but because it is unfair toward minorities who have earned and actually deserve their spots in America's top law schools.
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