Here’s the thing. Concerning college acceptances (what most of this will center on), it’s not enough to be a minority. You must be an underrepresented minority. What confuses me is the exact meaning of underrepresented.
If affirmative action is all about giving those who’ve been short-changed a leg up, why do asian- and arab-americans (first two that popped into mind, though I’ve probably missed some) not deserve one? Are the “chink” and “terrorist” jokes not enough to register on the discrimination-o-meter?
Ah, but whether a minority group is underrepresented is based on their numbers in a particular population. In the case of college enrollment, it seems their numbers are adequate - in some cases, overrepresentative (something that can be held against them, believe it or not).
But this then penalizes a minority group for making headway into what was previously lonely territory. As soon as they make it to the “Promised Land” (of accurate representation), all support is removed as though they’re now on an equal playing field, when the very reason they got there was AA. If AA is meant to affect social change, this seems like a rather ham-fisted way to do it.
No, I’m not one of these minorities, and yes, I am against affirmative action (or AA as I understand it), but I was nevertheless curious what others might think.