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The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action
Atlantic, by Richard Sander & Stuart Taylor Jr.

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/3/2012 5:26:20 AM

Affirmative action in university admissions started in the late 1960s as a noble effort to jump-start racial integration and foster equal opportunity. But somewhere along the decades, it has lost its way. Over time, it has become a political lightning rod and one of our most divisive social policies. It has evolved into a regime of racial preferences at almost all selective schools -- preferences so strikingly large and politically unpopular that administrators work hard to conceal them. The largest, most aggressive preferences are usually reserved for upper-middle-class minorities on whom they often inflict significant academic harm,

I've read, understood and believed these explanations in regard to the need to support black colleges, that students should be in an environment understanding and addressing their needs. But, is the student then being furnished with the tools to compete in a non-protective employment world?


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/3/2012 5:40:30 AM     (No. 8906014)

Obama got elected on a form of affirmative action. To the left, the country has grown up by electing a black president,regardless of whether he was qualified or not. The results have been devastating but he'll still get tons of votes over simple white guilt.The left plays the race card every chance they get to target people's subconscious.

The problem Obama's running into is people are going to put the country's survival ahead of assuaging their personal white guilt. There's a reason the left targeted tea party people as racists,so they'll shut up and go home. Too bad they're simply suffering in silence until election day.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: andyboy, 10/3/2012 5:44:33 AM     (No. 8906015)

A student from a wealthy family in a good suburban high school can gain a huge admissions advantage if he/she has a Latino grandparent and checks the "Latino" box on his/her application. A prestigious college will admit him/her as a "Latino" and brag that it has helped society by giving a chance to yet another member of an underprivileged minority group -- and does not care if the student is unable to compete and drops out. Meanwhile, equally (or more) deserving white students are shoved aside, as are economically disadvantaged students of all races.

And let's not even mention how the system discriminates against highly qualified Asian-American students.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: truthfetish, 10/3/2012 6:19:43 AM     (No. 8906031)

Nice summary #2.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jeffreyabigail, 10/3/2012 6:39:46 AM     (No. 8906055)

To summarize: In the minority community, B students go to A colleges, and C students go to B colleges, etc. For no apparent reason. And therefore they flunk out at higher rates. And there is the stigma knowing that they really don't belong there academically.

If they junked AA, the Harvard's of the world would have fewer minority students. But most schools would have the same number of minority students, except they would now be qualified. And the stigma would be gone.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Michaelus, 10/3/2012 6:40:20 AM     (No. 8906058)

The minorities in the USA would be much better off if the experts left them alone. The smart set celebrates all the achievements of their policies and simply ignores the fact that almost 5% of all black men in the USA are in prison - a huge increase since 1960.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: miceal, 10/3/2012 6:43:41 AM     (No. 8906063)

Actually the painful truth about affirmative action resides in OUR White House...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/3/2012 7:11:39 AM     (No. 8906085)

Affirmative Action is the exact opposite of mercy. It is twice cursed. Harms him that gives and him that receives.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bevan, 10/3/2012 7:32:18 AM     (No. 8906107)

Obama is the epitome of affirmative action.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 10/3/2012 7:50:26 AM     (No. 8906137)

Thank you, #8. Affirmative Action has become the Merchant of Menace...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dadawg, 10/3/2012 8:01:40 AM     (No. 8906150)

In Georgia, reports tell us that there are only several hundred AA high school students who have the scores to get into the State University straight up. However, those students get full rides to Ivy schools,the competition for them is fierce. Meanwhile, a co-workers daughter had a 3.8 GPA and good test scores. She wasn't admitted to the State U, even though both her parents were grads (can't be taken into consideration=discriminates)because of her color and sex. Our State U has been integrated since Charlayne Hunter-Gault made her splash back in 1961 and rode it to a career on PBS.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: woodsman, 10/3/2012 8:38:14 AM     (No. 8906214)

Who I really feel for are the competent hard-working minorities who have to try to overcome the assumption that they have made it because of this policy....It really negates all of their hard work.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Salt5792, 10/3/2012 8:47:32 AM     (No. 8906233)

The worst affirmative action right now is in TV advertising. The choice of actors implies that the US is about 50-50 white and black. I watch TV with the remote control in my hand and switch channels whenever a PC commercial comes on.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: skedaddle, 10/3/2012 8:59:32 AM     (No. 8906266)

Affirmative action is abusive in all but a handful of cases. Can you imagine being 18 years old, away from home, and tossed in classes where you don't understand most of what's going on? Because that's what affirmative action has been doing for years. So the young person flounders for a year, flunks out, and has to go back home feeling like a failure. I know someone this happened to and he never went back to college and struggled for years because of the sting of a failure that wasn't his fault. All the good liberals set him up to fail - how do they live with themselves?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: web, 10/3/2012 9:04:25 AM     (No. 8906274)

It was certainly not "noble." To give preference to one, you have to discriminate against another, and so it institutionalized discrimination. It's ridiculous to hear Blacks speak of discrimination and racism, when they've been given preference in education and employment, scholarships, and government assistance, while White males are told to go to the back of the bus.
I've dealt with it all my adult life, and can tell you, even when you are smart, ambitious, and educated, it makes no difference if you are the "wrong" color or gender.
The university hired a hispanic woman for the job I'd been doing unofficially for years, and I had to train her. I was laid off from Lockheed so that a completely unqualified woman could take my position. They had a big house by the river, while we went on Food Stamps. During my college years, EVERY scholarship was for woman and minorities. Why didn't they just say: "No White Men need apply"?
Yes, discrimination is a terrible thing, and it makes you bitter. The left did it on purpose, to pander to minorities while weakening America. Excellence and competence are no longer valued or rewarded.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Hotrod, 10/3/2012 9:05:58 AM     (No. 8906281)

Everyone has experienced the problems with affirmative action. It is closely related to the 'Peter Principle'.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Quaestio, 10/3/2012 9:07:20 AM     (No. 8906284)

The painful truth is that this is the way the leftists want it. They win either way. They only focus on entry numbers, not graduates. Those who aren't ready, drop out and will probably go on the dole, as well as being primed to believe the American dream is a lie for them. The overwhelming majority who stay in graduate because they are steered toward the made-up majors where the color of your skin and adherence to orthodoxy guarantee you a degree. They don't ever learn facts or skills, which make them perfect foot soldiers for the movement. Oh, and teachers.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/3/2012 5:59:19 PM     (No. 8907469)

The result of AA: Obama.

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