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Greg

Once again I see someone denote Affirmative Action and African American's as if they are the only ones who do, or have benefited from Affirmative Action. Sort of a Willie Horton way of demonizing an issue I believe. Also here is another example of someone else speaking about Republican support or lack of support on the issue, but again failing to highlight the thoughts and concerns of two of the most prominent African American Republicans. That is the opinions of Collin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, who views this issue different than Steele, Comnerly, annd yourself. Buthey, let's highlight the opinion of Ward Connerly, and idiot (a harsh term, but correct in my opinion) who is now in Michigan taking donations from people such as the KKK, to defeat any efforts at Affirmative Action.

Peg

Greg, I can see affirmative action (racial, gender, etc.) IF a group has little or no people in positions, and IF that group has been discriminated against.

Thus - I thought that both racial and gender affirmative action was a reasonable action in the 60's, and perhaps through the '70's. Both blacks and women had been held out of schools, jobs, positions of power, etc., because of their race and their sex.

Today, our laws are different. Blacks are protected; women are protected. It is also true that you can find good representation of these groups throughout our society.

So - the barriers to entry that existed 30 to 50 years ago are, if not gone, surely diminished. Plus, today we have legal recourse not available back then.

To use affirmative action of any sort IS to discriminated. One can argue that at times, this discrimination is good and outweighs the negative.

I argue that, in light of the changes we've hand, BOTH racial affirmative action AND gender affirmative action create more problems and harm, even to those supposedly being helped, than they create good.

Greg

I would love to hear what are the problems and or harms that can be caused by Affirmative Action. Below are my examples of the proper use of Affirmative Action, I would love to hear the harms of this.

Selection among equally qualified candidates.
The mildest form of affirmative action selection occurs when a female or minority candidate is chosen from a pool of equally qualified applicants (e.g., students with identical college entrance scores).

Selection among comparable candidates.
When female or minority candidates are roughly comparable to other candidates (e.g., their college entrance scores are lower, but not by a significant amount). The logic here is similar to the logic of selecting among equally qualified candidates; all that is needed is an understanding that, for example, predictions based on an SAT score of 620 are virtually indistinguishable from predictions based on an SAT score of 630.

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