The Race Based Affirmative Action

966 WordsApr 14, 20154 Pages
Race-based affirmative action has been challenged by a great deal of objection during the course of it duration. According to its opponents, Affirmative action proves to be inconsistent. Affirmative action based on race increases race consciousness instead of supporting color-blind justice. By giving people special consideration to ensure equality, it contributes to inequality. The constitution of the United States calls for equal treatment, therefore, allowing racial consideration poses a contradiction. Another argument made against affirmative action is that protecting a certain group of people under law puts a stigma on them. Stigmas can lower the standards of accountability students need to perform better. People are then easily led to make assumptions about someone based on their skin color. The person on the receiving end will also develop an inferiority complex by believing they got there with help. It is condescending towards minorities to imply they need special help to succeed. Many opponents believe affirmative action has outlived its usefulness, because the U.S. has progressed into a nation seemingly free of racism. They argue than in turn it is now going too far in the other direction: discriminating against whites. Preferential treatment of the undeserved passes over better-qualified individuals, leading to reverse discrimination. Here the question of preferences comes in to place, is the son of a successful African-American doctor more deserving
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