The internet is interesting, especially because it is easy to come across new ideas (at least to you) even though they were published over a year ago. That’s what happened to spark this blog post. I stumbled across a conservative news site and found an article claiming that Affirmative Action harms everyone.
The way I understand it, the premise behind Affirmative Action is that we have capable people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and they needed an equal chance to compete for education, employment, etc. The hope and the intent were to undo the lasting effects of racial inequality in the United States.
This article purports that the reality of Affirmative Action is that it harms everyone. The program actually cuts out qualified students (and employees) who were better qualified and substitutes students (and employees) who aren’t fully prepared for the rigors they encounter. The students who are accepted don’t excel as well as they would have in a less rigorous environment, and the ones who were better qualified are not as challenged as they should be.
To me, this is an interesting “coin” to observe. On one hand, there is ample evidence that merit-based advancement creates motivation to succeed. In a perfect meritocracy, we might even be able to get the best out of every individual.
On the other hand, there really are things in modern society such as “white privilege” (which I’m not convinced is a conscious and sinister as some would paint it to be), glass ceilings, bias, and corruption.
Which takes me back to questions I have never satisfactorily answered:
- What is the correct solution to inequality?
- How do we fix problems that are deeply ingrained in our cultural fabric and to which many members of the society are blind?
- Do we have a hope of genuinely fixing anything with the current trends of protesting, rioting, and shouting down anyone who holds an opposing opinion?
Comments are available! If you had the ability, what would you do about the lingering effects of racial bias and inequality? What kind of policies would actually be good and just for everyone?