Background: This source describes the American Association for Affirmative Action’s automatic opposition to any federal or state programs that eliminate or even reduce the policies of Affirmative Action.
How I Intend to Use it: The AAAA has often publicly opposed efforts by legislators to “throttle back” on affirmative action. I will examine the proposed changes in policy to evaluate whether the AAAA’s reflex opposition has prevented changes that could have made Affirmative Action better for everyone.
Background: This source provides actual data on how many Americans view affirmative action. These statistics provide the reader with views from both sides of the argument, some people express approval and others express their dislike.
How I Intend to Use it: With the help of the numbers provided by the tables, I hope to clearly outline where and how many people stand on the many topics of affirmative action. For example, the “Personally Affected by Affirmative Action” numbers show that of the majority of people affected by affirmative action are affected in a negative way.
Background: This article found in the New York Times, reports the 2003 verdict by the Supreme Court, in which it said colleges have the right to take race into account when admitting new students. Now eleven years later, the justices are contemplating changing that ruling.
How I Intend to Use it: I must sound like a broken record, but the purpose of affirmative action was to create a color blind nation by providing every race with equal representation in places of employment and higher education. Color blind implies that race does not come into account whatsoever in the recruiting process. This ruling by the Supreme Court is allowing colleges to discriminate against applicants. This is the definition of reverse discrimination.
Background: This source further explores the possibility that affirmative action causes more harm than good. According to actual studies, affirmative action policies have opponents not only among the majorities they harm, but also among the minorities they benefit.
How I Intend to Use it: As a rebuttal to the argument that minorities truly need affirmative action and would suffer without it, I will use direct examples of minorities disagreeing with affirmative action. It is now common to see people that think the United States has come far enough to survive without the policies of affirmative action. In fact, minorities now feel affirmative action takes away from true accomplishments, because others view these accomplishment as only possible through affirmative action policies. In other cases, people are less likely to support a business that is notorious for reverse discrimination against applicants. This brings a past topic of mine to the surface again where the wrong people are blamed for simply following the laws set by the government.
Background: This source explores the view that White American’s are the main group behind opposition to affirmative action, even though there are those in the minority who also oppose it. The paper explains that White American’s object to the fact that merit is not the primary qualification.
How I Intend to Use it: I like this source, because this entire time I have been arguing that affirmative action creates reverse discrimination. While I still find this to be true, this paper addresses the fact that through reverse discrimination, the concept of merit is suddenly less important. In a nation that pride’s itself on the American Dream, merit and ability is extremely relevant. Making merit irrelevant is un-American, and is another good example of the harm affirmative action does.