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Steven Yates

Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong With Affirmative Action

Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong With Affirmative Action
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Published by ICS Press
ISBN: 1-55815-292-X
Affirmative action programs began with good intentions but have created more problems than they have solved. They have brought the lion's share of their benefits not to poor blacks & other minorities but to middle- & upper-class white women. Within minority groups they have benefited primarily those best positioned to take advantage of them, those best off economically / financially, or with the best contacts. & with the correct politics. In addition, they have driven groups apart with the suspicion that some (blacks, Hispanics) are being provided benefits at the expense of others (whites & Asians). Finally, the perceived need to protect affirmative action programs from legitimate criticism gave rise to the atmosphere of political correctness & censorship that had fallen across college & university campuses by the early 1990s as its beneficiaries bent entire academic disciplines in their direction. rnrnThe book examines the goals of affirmative action (race & gender realignment, instead of equality of opportunity), & finds them wanting. It proposes to end coercive programs & allow a free market to operate in education, job opportunities, & so on. Unless this happens,
Community/Public Affairs , Economics , Educational , Government/Politics , History , Humanities , Law , Philosophy , Scholarly , Social Sciences
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