“Positive” discrimination is not positive

Pertinent Problems

Positive discrimination, or as many call it, affirmative action (AA) has been the subject of many a debate for what seems to have been time immemorial. In the United States, AA was originally set up in 1961 by President Kennedy to:

“take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.”

In this article I will look at the effects of Affirmative Action in the USA (particularly in higher education) and whether other alternatives should be explored to best benefit the minorities AA seeks to empower.

An extensive UCLA study which looked at the effectiveness of applying racial preferences at law schools concluded that:

If the findings in this Article are correct, blacks are the victims of law school programs of affirmative action, not the beneficiaries.

Some of the points made were as follows:

  • Generally, around fifty…

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