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Affirmative action refers to policies that take factors including "race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin" into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group "in areas of employment, education, and business", usually justified as countering the effects of a history of discrimination.
When arbitrary numerical "goals" or "quotas" under affirmative action are not met, the burden of proof is put on the employer to prove that he did not discriminate against minorities or women. No burden of proof whatever is put on the advocates of "goals" or "quotas" to show that people would be equally represented in jobs, colleges or anywhere else in the absence of discrimination.
Tons of evidence from countries around the world, and over centuries of history, show that statistical disparities are the rule, not the exception-- even in situations where discrimination is virtually impossible.
Anonymously graded tests do not show the same results from one group to another. In many countries there are minorities who completely outperform members of the majority population, whether in education, in the economy or in sports, even when there is no way that they can discriminate against the majority.
Putting the burden of proof on everybody except yourself is a slick political ploy. The time is long overdue for the voting public to see through it.
Malcolm X: Because the Negro didn’t make the gain. See, as long as someone is giving you something, he can always take it back. And this is the mistake where…this is where our people are making the mistake. We are sitting, waiting for Whites…
Malcolm X: …I don’t mean it in that sense, either in court or out of court. We’ve been sitting and waiting for “The Man” to give us some concessions. Now whenever you ask the…if you’re asking the White power structure for jobs, that’s only a temporary solution. If you ask the White power structure for housing, that’s a temporary solution. As Mr. Farmer said where the Negro used to ask for equality, now he’s asking for more…he’s asking for more than equality. Well, likewise, if they give us more than equality, ten years from now we’re going to be asking for more than that because the problem has still not gotten a real solution.
Originally posted by VivaDiscordia
I agree, but how do we promote a sea change in the way people think and hire? Affirmative action doesn't work but there are plenty of ways a business or college could descriminate. Plenty of valid, but highly subjective excuses to be had if one has a mind to block a minority group.
P.S. Could you add a key to those tables?edit on 8-9-2012 by VivaDiscordia because: Added post script
Originally posted by inverslyproportional
reply to post by freemarketsocialist
I agree with your entire op except your use of the word minorities. I don't see minorities anywhere in America. No matter where I look I never have seen nor do I right now in walmart parking lot see any. What do they look like? No matter where I go or how hard I look all I ever seee are Americans.
Can somone help me out here?