Affirmative action is a plan to make up for past discrimination. Employing, promoting, and educating women, African Americans, and other minority groups do this. It is the government's way of apologizing to ethnic groups for the inequalities they have suffered, including racism. The government is forcing higher education institutions to give up their demands of excellence in order to fulfill quotas. When admissions directors should be reading college essays, looking at GPA's, and reviewing recommendations, they are focusing on the applicant's gender or race.
Small portions of Americans believe that affirmative action is a good thing. It is their belief that minorities have been victims of the worst crime, the removal of God-given rights, but this country fought a bloody civil war to ensure those rights for all citizens. The Fourteenth Amendment gives all citizens the same privileges, but affirmative action gives preferential treatment to minorities. Minorities are citizens and should be treated as such; they should not be treated as dependent outcasts.
Many people believe that affirmative action is offensive toward all citizens of the United States. These minority groups should be judged on merit whether they are black or white, rich or poor, male or female. Minorities can be accepted into a college on merit, but fellow students will look down on them, thinking they have received preferential treatment. The same thing occurs in the workforce, antagonism builds toward minorities, and race relations worsen.
My cousin, Maria, told me how affirmative action works at the hospital where she works. One staff member happened to be an African American male who was very qualified for his position Sadly; most of the staff accused him of being promoted because of his race and not because of his many accomplishments. Because these rumors continued to affect him, he eventually resigned and moved to a different hospital. The next person that was hired for the position...