Free Affirmative Action Essays - I'm White, Angry, and Against Affirmative Action


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I'm White, Angry, and Against Affirmative Action

 

        Papers are piling up on top of a desk.  People are running around

trying to meet their deadlines.  Assignments are being pushed back to later

dates.  Phones are being answered, but put on hold for the next available

representatives.  The president of the firm puts out a notice of hire.  The

word is spread throughout the business community through the newspaper and

the internet.  Resumes are received every business day.  The board members

of the firm review hundreds of resumes that are received daily.  They rate

the applications according to qualifications and experiences.  The names

are disregarded at this point.  A dozen of the applicants are chosen, and

notified to setup initial interviews.  One applicant meets all the

qualifications, and has had numerous experiences in the field.  This

applicant clearly surpasses all the other applicants.  The commitee is very

impressed by this young man.  He heads home in delight, hoping to hear from

the marketing firm again.  Unfortunately, he never hears from

 them again.  The main reason why  he was not chosen, was because of the

color of his skin.  Since he is Asian, they could not hire him, because 50%

of their employees are Asian.  Under the affirmative action, they must

employ someone who is underrepresented.  This type of situation happens

often.  It is not the qualifications, but the color of the skin that

employers look for today.  Affirmative action is a step backwards.  We are

back to color and race differences.  We are all Americans and should be

treated as so, not what ethnicity we are.  Affirmative action should be

abolished solely because we do not want to make the same mistake our

society made in the past --- discriminate according to color.  Two wrongs

do not make a right.

 

      Many people say that we should keep affirmative action to render

fairness to the minorities because of the wrongs that was once put on to

them.  This simply does not make sense.  To compensate someone, a person

must have gone through an experience.  People today did not go through such

discrimination, as their past ancestors.  How can we punish someone for

what they had no control?  Our white society today did not commit the

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wrongs that were committed a generation ago.  We should not punish them,

but rather treat everyone fairly.  We should treat everyone as Americans.

As Bakke quotes the Constitution,

 

 "...The guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment extend to all persons.

It's language is explicit:  "No State shall... deny to any person within

its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."  It is settled beyond

question that the rights created by the first section of the Fourteenth

Amendment are, by its terms, guaranteed to the individual." (Bakke, p.485)

 

In the past, we were fighting to abolish racial separation, but today, we

have affirmative action, which still brings about the separation of the

different races.  We should fight for equality for all.  Affirmative action

affects everyone, including our children.

      Under the affirmative action law, our schools are currently

recruiting students according to race and color.  According to a critic on

affirmative action,

 

 "A college board survey, described in Andrew Hacker's Two Nations, in 1992

the average combined SAT score for black students whose parents earn more

than $70,000 a year was 854, which was twenty-five points lower than the

average SAT for white students whose parents earn less than $20,000 a

year." (Rosen, p.3)

 

        In effect, the solution by supporters of affirmative action is to

lower the school's standards so that they can accept a more diverse group

of students.  This solution is ridiculous, simply because everyone has a

chance to do good.  It is just a matter of effort.  If a student is spoiled,

and does not realize how important an education is, he will not study as

hard as someone who has been brought up with education as their number one

goal.  Family incomes have less to do with SAT scores than the efforts

students put into their studies.  We should not lower our standards.

Instead, all students should raise their own standards in order to improve

our society.  For example, the University of California in Berkeley has a

diverse student body with a majority of Asians.  An Asian student coming

out of high school with a 4.0 GPA, and  a list of extra curricular

activities would not be accepted simply because of his ethnicity.  Instead

the school would rather accept a Mexican student with a 3.0 GPA.  Why

should the student who did not study as hard be rewarded just because of

his race?  Nobody has the choice of ethnicity when they are born, so we

should not deprive anyone when they make the effort.  Affirmative action

also brings about different standards in grading.

 

      The National Merit Scholarship has one standard for African

Americans, and one for the rest of the applicants.  This type of double

standards is absurd, because black students are not graded any differently

in the classroom.  This also implies that black students are not capable of

handling the same material as the rest of the Americans are.  This double

standard, in itself, is an insult to the black community.   There are many

black people who want to be treated equally, without any special assistance.

 By giving minorities special treatment, we are simultaneously insulting

them by implying they are of a lower class.  As Judge O'Connor of Richmond

county states,

 

"Classifications based on race carry a danger of stigmatic harm.  Unless

they are strictly reserved for remedial settings, they may in fact promote

notions of racial inferiority and lead to a politics of racial hostility.

We thus reaffirm the view expressed by the plurality in Wygant that the

standard of review under the Equal Protection Clause is not dependent on

the race of those burdened or benefited by a particular classification."

(O'Connor, p.500)

 

We do not want to cause any more hostility than there already is in our

society by imposing special standards.  Our goal is to promote unity in our

society, not separation.  This also affects the efficiency in our workforce.

 

      In the work place, people hired under special assistance may slow

the process.  If someone was hired over another simply because of the color

of  his skin, and not by his qualifications, the business loses as well.

They must pay someone the same salary they would have paid a more efficient

employee.  Lowering standards in the workplace, to accommodate a race, is a

step back to poorly made products.  In the 1980's, American cars were

marked with a distinction of poor quality.  Since then, our cars have

vastly improved, but the distinction is still planted in many people's

minds.  If we lower our standards in the white collar force, we may develop

the same distinction in our corporate businesses as we have in our cars.

Another point is that many people say that affirmative action will bring

diversity to our workforce.  A projection done by the San Jose Tribune

suggests that by the year 2000, white males will make up only 10% of new

hires.  This does not promote diversity, rather reverse discrimination.

 

      To have a unified and peaceful society, we must move away from the

separation of color lines.  We moved forward when we abolished segregation,

but we are now moving back by imposing Affirmative action.  This is not the

way to solve anything.  Affirmative action will just cause more hostility

between races, which in turn, can lead to hatred.


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