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A Long History of Affirmative Action – For Whites

A Long History of Affirmative Action – For Whites

The article linked above gives a brief history of affirmative action for whites. It explains how what we don’t readily acknowledge is that racial preferences have a long, institutional history in this country – a white history. Here are a few ways in which government programs and practices have channeled wealth and opportunities to white people at the expense of others. Then the article goes on to say that white Americans were also given a head start with the help of the U.S. Army. The 1830 Indian Removal Act, for example, forcibly relocated Cherokee, Creeks and other eastern Indians to west of the Mississippi River to make room for white settlers. Next on the time line is how The 1790 Naturalization Act permitted only “free white persons” to become naturalized citizens, thus opening the doors to European immigrants but not others. The article goes on to detail history of slavery and the Sherman act. Then the article talks the position that white people will always have advantages over minorities in every aspect of business, and how this is depicted in the wages of minorities including women today compared to white men.

I think this article is right point. The fact that white men have an advantage is seen in everyday situations. Take a simple example of a white man claiming a cashier shorted him on some change and she automatically apologizes and gives him the change. But if a black man did the same thing there would be some second guessing going on. This is similar to a minority applying for the same job a white man would and not getting the job even though they are more qualified. Business may not do this intentionally but some of those hiring managers have a preconceived notion about minorities and therefore will hire a white man. I think this notion will always be around no matter what. It is not conceivable to think that from now on every generation will have a better perception of races and genders. There will always be a few bad apples on the bunch that ruins it for everyone. But that is how it is and hard as it is to accept it we have to roll with the punches and take what we can get.

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  1. srbrown2010
    December 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    The U.S. history has been based on discrimination from the beginning. First there was the Native Americans and then slavery of African Americans. Since then there has been many issues with race and it continues from day to day. I do believe that this article is right when they say that the disparity will continue but I feel that it has decreased and will continue to decrease.

  2. twinpate
    December 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I agree with the comment above, especially the last statement. Things don’t change over night, and we can only hope that as time progresses nations and people also progress and become more aware of each others’ rights. In a perfect world these problems wouldn’t exist but we don’t live in a perfect world.

  3. yulianap
    December 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I believe that it will be a long process but after all, it is possible that things get better. The competitive environment that we live in requires individuals to show their talents and personality, and not to be judged by gender or race.

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