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beaconess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-09-07 05:40 PM
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41. Do these studies show what proportion of these students were admitted through affirmative action?
Edited on Fri Feb-09-07 05:46 PM by beaconess
And I don't agree with your conclusion that the only proper purpose for affirmative action is to "compensate for the psychological effects of slavery." Affirmative action has several purposes, but it is not designed to provide psychological compensation for slavery. Among other things, affirmative action helps to ensure that all qualified people get a fair opportunity to compete - often, without affirmative action, qualified minorities would never be considered.

Another very important goal of affirmative action is to ensure diversity - the same goal as other forms of non-racial affirmative action (geographic preferences, talent considerations, etc.)

I come from a very privileged background. But without affirmative action, I would never have been able to compete fairly because, regardless of my qualifications, I would not have been given an opportunity. In every job I held in my early professional career, I was the first black - and this wasn't because I was the first qualified black person ever to apply for any of these positions. It was because the companies I worked for had begun affirmative action programs that ensured that their managers and executives made the effort to consider qualified blacks instead of continuing their practice of not even interviewing us.
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