Perspectives on Race

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Affirmative Action: Race in 2028

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Because we were talking about affirmative action in class today, I was inspired to look up some articles on it. From the many readings, it is obvious that affirmative action is not supported by the majority of white people. However, I wanted to find articles to see if the overall public view was negative as well. An article I found, called “Race in 2008,” from the New York Times, expresses just that, but in much more formal terms. According to the article, the overall government view is that affirmative action is “race-based discrimination” and that “the Court expects that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today,” as expressed by Sandra Day O’Connor. It is predicted that by 2023 nonwhite Americans will be the majority of Americans under 18, which is a cause for much concern among whites, who are apparently fearful that power will be tipped in favor of minorities if affirmative action continues.
Honestly, I thought the views were rather extreme and obviously stemmed from whites perceiving affirmative action as legal reverse discrimination, as if the system was working against them. However, as we know from our discussions in class, the reality is very different and minorities are still at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder and not properly presented in government. Affirmative action has been extremely helpful for minorities, especially in terms of education, and in my opinion, should continue until they achieve more accurate representation and are more successful especially in terms of class.
The article can be found at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/opinion/20douthat.html?_r=1

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Written by sgaviria

September 19, 2009 at 3:04 am

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  1. What’s funny about the white’s fears is that they unconsciously imply that there is an unequal distribution of power based on race and that whites as a group are obviously unwilling to relinquish it so easily. As their fear of minorities increases, so does their resentment towards them. If whites could accept that minorities are the victims, and not them, then they would understand the necessity of racially-based programs.

    larosa29

    September 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm


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