Are you for or against affirmative action?

United States
November 13, 2006 6:59pm CST
Affirmative action was just banned in Michigan - and I would like to know what the rest of the world thinks.
3 responses
@chikkadee (373)
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Like weasel said the thought of affirmative action agrees with me but in practice I dont see how it can work. It will not only foster resentment, you didn't get a job on the basis of being white (which is in fact racism) or because your male just because people are trying to have a certain percentage of minority groups within thier company/school whatever. Personally, whoever fits the job and culture more in the company should get the job.
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Also, before anyone suggests that "whoever fits the job! Well what about if they think only white males should fit the job" I think all that affirmative action does is foster resentment for minority groups so when that person who lost the job just purely because he was male eventually has his own company, he will have resentment towards those who got the job all those years ago rather than he.
• United States
14 Nov 06
I agree, thanks for your comment.
• Canada
14 Nov 06
Although I agree with the "spirit" of affirmative action and what its implementation was supposed to achieve, in practice, it just doesn't (or hasn't) work(ed). I know that I myself believe in and support "equal opportunities for all", but I'm sure there are still people out there who have out-dated beliefs about minorites, immigrants, women, etc. I don't know if we will ever completely remove prejudice from our society, but with more people catching-up with 21st century thinking and laws in place to penalize those who openly ignore basic human rights and freedoms, hopefully affirmative action will not be missed.
• United States
14 Nov 06
I do agree with you about the "spirit of affirmative action", but as far as it working or not I don't know. I do know that prejudice is still in full affect against minorities races and woman.
@PSF123 (1169)
• China
14 Nov 06
Affirmative action is a policy or a program which gives preference to a minority, or protected group of people with the stated goal of countering past or ongoing discrimination against them. It can take many forms including priority acceptance for government contracts, education, or employment and/or language training or vocational training.