‘Affirmative Action’ is a Move Away from Equality
It’s 2019, an astounding 156 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. But the same problems we battled in that age plague society today. Though many posit that society has improved abundantly, aspects of education and employment still lack the equality that we have been seeking for centuries. Many turn to a policy by the name of “affirmative action” to cure the plague of discrimination. However, this solution opens the door for an entirely new form of prejudice to emerge.
This new configuration of racism is quite similar to the one we are used to, however it is cleverly disguised as equitable. It has slowly evolved over the decades since its establishment to include quotas, or increased opportunities that undermine the entire principle of equality. The policy begs the question of whether race should even be a factor. Being rejected because of ethnicity is as deplorable as being accepted because of ethnicity.
The policy suggests that certain races should have precedence over others because of past oppression, which perfectly illustrates racial discrimination. While affirmative action is a monumental progression in society, it is only leading us away from our ultimate goal: equality.