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Affirmative Action 
9th-Mar-2011 02:47 pm
Edit: Affirmative action is defined as "a policy or program providing advantages for people of a minority group who are seen to have traditionally been discriminated against, with the aim of creating a more egalitarian society through preferential access to education, employment, health care, social welfare, etc."

Poll #1715898 Affirmative Action

In your opinion, generally speaking do you support the principle of of affirmative action programs?

I'm undecided
9th-Mar-2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I had to Google it *cough*
I put 'yes'
9th-Mar-2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I probably should have included more information in a preamble, but I'm always afraid that I'll influence the poll if I do that. God bless the Google.
10th-Mar-2011 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of applying for college scholarships. I found it extremely difficult to find scholarships I could apply for as I was white, not piss-poor, not a quarterback, and not in the 0.0000000000001% of my class.
10th-Mar-2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too. Eventually I gave up trying to find anything and just took out a ton of loans.
10th-Mar-2011 03:07 am (UTC)
It sounds good on principle, but then I think about minorities that have been historically discriminated against who can pass as members of the majority and can only get anywhere by hiding who they are or, if they reveal their minority status, get shafted. What's to stop a member of the majority from claiming that minority status? And then what, do we say "PROVE IT" to every member of that minority?

I don't know. Maybe I'm thinking in circles.
10th-Mar-2011 11:55 am (UTC)
In principle, I support it, but only where the potential beneficiary *was* actually negatively impacted. This is of relevance here in South Africa where we have employment equity (affirmative action) business deals given to businessmen who, though black, were brought up in Europe and educated in institutions like Eton.
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