posted on Oct, 1 2010 @ 05:24 PM
Affirmative action started out as a policy to make sure that steps were taken to include everyone in purchasing and/or hiring decisions. As such,
there were no quotas etc.
This didn't work. Not enough jobs and/or business went to underrepresented minorities. Personally, I do think that all government jobs and/or
purchasing should be inclusive but should go the the best qualified person or best bid for a purchase.
However, somewhere along the line, quotas came into being. If you we're bidding on building something for the government, you had to have a certain
percentage of your work/workers minorities. I know one Latino woman who started a multimillion dollar business selling pipe (drainage, sewer, etc.) to
big contractors. She fit into either box as necessary. Her bids might have been a little higher than others but the big contractors could say they
were buying from a minority or a woman.
I don't understand why this is fair to companies that are owned by white males.