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Is Affirmative Action Reverse Discrimination From the Content of Our Character A new Vision of Race in America author Shelby Steele briefly tells her point of view on this subject Affirmative action is a preferential treatment used to balance or proportionate racial representations in the society today The price of preference is the illusion that will be created One of the evidences she presented was her watching an illusion at work in a mother of a middle black kid implying that they owe them this Which is some sort of justification for affirmative action The bigger issue arises whether the preferential treatment is lowering normal standards to increase minority representation Steele also believes that preferential treatment does not teach skills or educate or instill motivation Affirmative action properly implemented widens the pool of qualified candidates college students applying for admission who will be considered From the article Supply-Side Affirmative Action Clarence Page has benefited from affirmative action in his career He believes that although affirmative action is not a remedy for racial inequality in America it beats the alternative if the only alternative is to do nothing The evidences he presented to support his work mentioned of a critic of affirmative action a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Dinesh DSouza who goes by the saying that most minorities should be stigmatized because they owe their success to affirmative action Another example Page used is the University of Indiana Law Schools use of affirmative action in 1960 to widen its acceptance criteria for disadvantaged candidates who shows potential of succeeding One of those disadvantaged students was a graduate named J Danforth Quayle who later became Vice President of the United States Affirmative action is a proposition not to be used lightly I agree with Steels point of view that affirmative action is the not the solution to todays racial inequality Preferential treatment does not make up the minorities
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