Against Affirmative Action

Against Affirmative Action - "Affirmative Action Creates...

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" Affirmative Action Creates Reverse Discrimination ." Opposing Viewpoints: Discrimination . Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center . Gale. Fredonia University - SUNY. 11 Feb. 2008 < Table of Contents: Further Readings From "Notes & Comments: January 2001," New Criterion , January 2001. Copyright © 2001 by the Foundation for Cultural Review. Reprinted by permission of New Criterion. Affirmative action policies are intended to ensure equal opportunities for minorities and women. However, argue the editors of the New Criterion in the following viewpoint, affirmative action actually creates reverse discrimination by requiring the preferential treatment of minorities in hiring and in college admissions. To support their assertion, the authors examine the policy at the University of Michigan, wherein minority students are granted an extra twenty points toward admission simply because of their ethnic origin. Such policies discriminate against whites and breed cynicism and resentment, the authors conclude. The New Criterion is a monthly journal of conservative opinion. As you read, consider the following questions: Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. —George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 1. According to the authors, in what way is affirmative action a form of "doublethink"? 2. How many points do applicants to the University of Michigan receive for outstanding personal achievement, according to the New Criterion? 3. In what way did the Bakke case of the late 1970s create confusion about quotas, in the authors' view? We have often had occasion to dilate on the Orwellian nature of the phrase "affirmative action" in this space. We are going to do so again. Memories are short; ideological pressure is unremitting; in short, some things cannot be repeated too often. Rhetorically, as we all know, "affirmative action" is redolent of high principle and the struggle for equality. One can almost hear strains of the Marseillaise echoing behind its syllables—or maybe that sound is only the thump of a judge's gavel ordering some new social experiment. In any event, "affirmative action" suggests, .
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course ENGL 100 taught by Professor Letersky during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Fredonia.

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