Affirmative Action Has Outlived Its Usefullness

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Affirmative Action Has Outlived Its Usefulness The goal of affirmative action is to compensate for past injuries which minorities endured. Affirmative action gives special privileges to minorities based solely on the color of their skin, not on their abilities or their financial situation. The goal of affirmative action is to remedy the injuries caused by discrimination. Yet after analyzing affirmative action one could determine that it seeks to cure discrimination with more discrimination. According to a study conducted by an economics professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1997 to 2000 the number of African American business owners has increased by 31 percent. This number increased by an even more astounding…show more content…
This unjust system is still upheld by the US Supreme Court. TV?s Judge Mathis while attending a demonstration against racial quotas in Ann Arbor said that he considered himself a beneficiary of racial quotas, he went on to say that it would be terrible if universities chose people based solely on their merit ( what a person deserves based on their abilities). "We'd have a bunch of eggheads running around. We don't want that!" says Mathis. This man has basically said that we shouldn?t judge people on ability and it would be tragic if the most intellectually capable and qualified were rewarded for their abilities. This is an absurd statement. Logically it would seem obvious that the most qualified and able person for the job should be awarded it rather than someone hired merely on the grounds of a quota. Some supporters of Affirmative Action claim that it?s a system set up to help those who are less fortunate and disadvantaged. Although the Hoover Institution's Thomas Sowell has observed that preferences primarily benefit minority applicants from middle- and upper-class backgrounds. At the same time, since admissions are a zero-sum game, preferences hurt poor whites and even many Asians who meet admissions standards in disproportionate numbers. If preferences were truly set up to help those who are disadvantaged they would be given on the basis

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