I am not sure how social justice is something positive. It fosters a workforce that suggests inferiority and suggests a person protected by affirmative action does not have the ability to compete on his or her own terms. It suggest (sic) preferential treatment which is unfair. Affirmative action takes away merit and in a way undermines the individual by not allowing the individual to reflect on their own competence but rather blame it on social discrimination. I think the best way to help individuals is to motivate and educate. Affirmative action is a political demoralizer (sic) and it is harmful to those who are at a disadvantage in the first place.Well, I couldn't leave well enough alone, responding,
You make some interesting remarks, Linda. However, I'd like to see evidence for what you've said "... social justice ... fosters a workforce that suggests inferiority ..." doesn't appear to supported by any research that I'm aware of, it just seems like opinion. As well, when you add, "... suggests a person protected by affirmative action does not have the ability to compete on his or her own terms," I am also unaware of any social research to back that claim up. However, you equate "social justice" with "affirmative action" and the two are not the same thing (although AA can be one agenda of an overall social justice scheme). Nonetheless, the two are not synonymous.That post is below the fold:
You also say, "Affirmative action takes away merit...," but you don't explain how it is taken away by AA. Again, I'd lie to see the evidence. Likewise, when you say, AA "... undermines the individual by not allowing the individual to reflect on their own competence but rather blame it on social discrimination." If it "undermines the individual," why have so many succeeded as a result of it? Don't those people feel empowered rather than undermined? Additionally, are you saying that discrimination has had no effect on racial disparity and economic opportunities? If so, you're arguing that some races are inferior and that would be an interesting statement, especially in this class.
Finally, your statement, "Affirmative action is a political demoralizer and it is harmful to those who are at a disadvantage in the first place," is made without any support but appears to be just an opinion.
I'd really like you to read my "Affirmative Action," post and make your own observations regarding my stance and the supporting references I use for my statements.