Effects of Affirmative Action in the Workforce

Effects of Affirmative Action in the Workforce

Do you believe every individual has the same rights as another? Do you think it’s right to give one person an advantage and not another with the same qualifications? Well, since late 60s, affirmative action has been taking action in many lives doing exactly what It meant to do -- to favor the discriminated minority to catch up to white males. However, today times are different the effects of affirmative have just about done their job. So Affirmative Action should be removed now for a couple of reasons. Skilled and possibly more qualified workers can be shot down just to meet a quota. It brings in a new form of discrimination. And it’s long over due.
The biggest problem with affirmative action is that colleges and jobs assign different quotas for the number of people to accept or hire; So this leaves an advantage to the minorities, like colored people and women, but leaves the white males with a disadvantage. It was wrong when they used to keep a high-scoring black student out of college and it is wrong when keeping a high-scoring white male out of a college as well. Besides depriving white males from the same opportunities as the minorities, it affects the performance of the minorities. If a college or job was to accept an individual on the basis of race or gender, then that would defeat the purpose of hard work. Colleges do accept students with slightly lower SAT testing scores if they are minority groups, compared to white males just to meet their quota. The way it should be is that if someone wants to achieve great success in life, than they should have to work just as hard as the next guy to get to the same distance. Unfortunately, with Affirmative Action, things aren‘t equal.
‘Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit’ is technical definition of discrimination. Many people fail to remember that discrimination involves, like the definition says, both to favor or be against. That’s exactly what Affirmative Action is doing -- favoring the minorities. Doing this makes it more challenging for the others it doesn’t benefit. It doesn’t even out the playing fields -- the United States has essentially issued reverse discrimination. Through a conducted poll, among 1,201 adults nationwide, only a small fraction (15%) of the public reports having been directly affected by the program. Results showed that 11% of people say they’ve been hurt by it, 4% have been helped, 82% have been unaffected, and 3% have no idea. This shows that the benefits of Affirmative Action clearly do not outweigh the costs of others success. Race should not play a factor in who gets accepted in into higher schools and who gets hired. The most qualified person should be the one to get the spot. It is not fair nor equal that certain ethnic groups be held to higher standards to achieve the same status in life. Today, disregarding Affirmative Action, we’ve seen every ethnic group and gender accomplish the same achievements -- it’s a new world since times of segregation and past discrimination.
Although there are still many people living today that suffered through the events of segregation and discrimination and even watched as Martin Luther King Jr. marched and preached, today is a new generation that reflects equal opportunity of race and gender throughout most areas in life. Affirmative Action was implemented to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. People who suffered from these problems back then no longer suffer today and Affirmative Action is long over due. However, the only acceptable way to see the policies of this program to be fair, is to limit the benefits only to those who suffered in the wrong doings of America in the past. Today’s generation has no suffered through the segregation and discrimination that the past generations had to; equality of opportunity is open to everyone.
Perhaps people are not aware of the true effects of Affirmative Action because it doesn’t affect the majority. However, we’ve reached a point in America where everyone has the same opportunities in life without Affirmative Action. And for this reason we need to eliminate it in order to maintain that balance before it causes another decline in our nation. It has hurt more people than It has helped and there should be no more reason to keep this going on for any longer.