Myth on Affirmative Action

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Discus: What Are My Chances?: January 2003 Archive: Myth on Affirmative Action
By tenisghs on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 03:54 pm: Edit

Myth 1: The only way to create a color-blind society is to adopt color-blind policies.

Although this statement sounds intuitively plausible, the reality is that color-blind policies often put racial minorities at a disadvantage. For instance, all else being equal, color-blind seniority systems tend to protect White workers against job layoffs, because senior employees are usually White (Ezorsky, 1991). Likewise, color-blind college admissions favor White students because of their earlier educational advantages. Unless preexisting inequities are corrected or otherwise taken into account, color-blind policies do not correct racial injustice -- they reinforce it.
This also ties in with the fact that American/English names in job interviews receive better attention and acceptance than non-American, ethnic names. While this has hurt Non-Western, Latino, and Asian students in the past (and still does), African-Americans are ALSO affected. These people are QUALIFIED BLACKS and they are shortchanged in the end. If your name is Aisha, Ebony, LaTanya or Jeron, Malik, Leython, interviewers can with bias assume what race you are. It happens everyday. It's even worse if you're black and happen to live in a city that is noticeably predominately black.

Race is not even a question on job interview applications, YET if a black person doesn't receive a call for approval or an interview session, it's because of their (Black-sounding)name. That iS WHY we still need affirmative action. Black people should not have to change their names so that they will be more likely to be called for an interview. That's ridiculous. Without affirmative action, corporate interviewers can implicitly discriminate against people because of their ethnic background on a piece of paper.

By Fender1 (Fender1) on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 05:55 pm: Edit

"YET if a black person doesn't receive a call for approval or an interview session, it's because of their (Black-sounding)name"

Of course, it has nothing to do with the possibility that the person might be less qualified, it's all about his/her race.

By Fender1 (Fender1) on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 05:57 pm: Edit

Maybe I should be granted some sort of NBA contract because I was not exposed to basketball at the same age as my black neighbors. We need Affirmative Action for that too!

By Seig AA!! on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 06:12 pm: Edit

Gee, I wonder why employers blacks are often less qualified.

Get into college by playing the race card (AA). Graduate, if they're lucky, with mediocre GPAs and at the bottom tier of their class.

Of course, they'll try to play the race and "diversity" card when they try to get a job too.

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