Is affirmative action racist?

Affirmative action is a policy in which an individual's race, sex, religion or national origin are taken into account to increase opportunities provided to an underrepresented group in society. It is used to encourage diversity and equality. Affirmative action can most often be seen in academic institutions, such as college admissions, scholarships and programs.

Yes, affirmative action is racist

It creates a fixed mindset that because one is born into a specific racial or ethnic group, one is entitled to certain privileges such as lowered criteria and/or specialized programs.

Affirmative action makes the wrong assumptions

It assumes that every Caucasian person is affluent and every person of color is deprived and in need of special circumstances.

Affirmative action violates the Constitution

A main purpose of the Constitution is to protect American citizens’ rights. Famously, it declares that "all men are created equal.” Affirmative action disparages this idea, prioritizing the inclusion of people of color over white people. This practice is a new kind of discrimination, which unfairly disadvantages white people. For this reason, affirmative action is unconstitutional.

No, affirmative action is not racist

Affirmative action is about diversity and inclusion, not racist ideals.

Affirmative action compensates for privilege

Affirmative action is a kind of compensatory justice, by making up for America’s history of racial discrimination and giving minorities additional aid.

Affirmative action does not protect all minorities

Affirmative action doesn’t guarantee assistance to any one racial group.
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