9 responses to “They Call it ‘Reverse Discrimination’”

  1. Shaun

    Where do affirmative action policies consider disability? To my knowledge, in the States, they cover women and racial minorities (which I’m totally down with, for the reasons you mention).

  2. Personal Failure

    Ugh. I just did a post on this, pointing out that if you are a member of a privileged group (i.e., white, male, straight, cisgender, etc.) you have and do experience affirmative action every day of your life. Doors are opened for you that are closed for the oppressed, and affirmative action is simply a way of leveling the playing field.

    You’d think I suggested filleting a kitten live on youtube.

  3. abby jean

    Shaun, a lot of places in the U.S. have policies that include disability. For example, a quick google turns up Cleveland State University, the University of California system, and discussed here at the US Department of Labor site.

  4. K__

    I was rather disturbed when a number of years ago a family member assisted a family friend in writing an essay for a debate class about affirmative action.
    The essay was anti-affirmative action.

  5. lilacsigil

    I will be really thrilled when we don’t need affirmative action (or equal opportunity hiring as it’s known elsewhere) because people of all kinds have equal opportunities. But that’s a long, long way away.

  6. J. Emahiser

    I definitely see where you’re coming from. My psych class covered this issue a little as well, but as it was an intro psych class I didn’t feel like pressing any questions I had were something the rest of the class would take in the right context. It serves me right for signing up for it as a senior, I guess.

    My question, which I’m just looking for an opposing view point on, is whether or not the bias built into the tests is indicative of the later success of the individual. My thinking is that cultural biases that are present in standardized tests are likely to be just as present in the workplace. From what I can see from a quick glance, the current research leans either way on this one (although I’ve yet to find a distinct comparison of lower ethnic test scores and non, just related studies).

    If that is the case, is affirmative action enough? Will it be necessary to eliminate other sources of stereotype threat in the workplace for these individuals to succeed? Is that really possible?

  7. Cat

    Thanks for this, s.e.. I’m still working on doing away with nasty old stereotypes when it comes to my view on this topic, and this is just the kind of reminder I need to see how things really are as opposed to how they’re spun in the public eye.

    If people really want equality, at least in university admissions, they should redirect their energies from opposing affirmative action to calling for a ban on “legacy” admissions.

  8. sanabituranima

    Oh my goodness! I had never heard of legacy admissions until reading Cat’s comment, and when I googled it, I was utterly stunned that it is allowed to to exist.

    Nothing like that is allowed to OPENLY exist in the UK. I’m sre there are *secret* bribes by the rich to to let their chilren into high-ranking universities, but the idea that a person can OPENLY bribe a university to take their child utterly astonishes me. How is that even LEGAL?

  9. notemily

    K, debate classes often divide the class into “pro” and “anti” regardless of the beliefs of the members, because the point is to be able to argue your position well, even if it’s not the one you would take in real life. I don’t know if that’s what was going on with your family friend, though.