Corth wrote:Sarvis - I consider you a smart guy generally, just someone I disagree with a lot. But this is idiotic. If you have a scarcity of jobs or a scarcity of positions at a college, and you choose race instead of merit as the criteria that determines who gets those limited slots, then, (wait for it...) you aren't using merit to determine who gets those slots. Not exactly mind blowing stuff there - yet it's all the proof that is necessary. An otherwise qualified person is not getting a spot at that school or that employer solely because of his race. End of story.
No Corth, you're ignoring human nature. Without AA, the decision maker might easily prefer white people with a 3.5+ GPA while ignoring any minorities with a 3.5+ GPA. That's all there is to it. Unless you can show me that this doesn't happen.
Look, I know you WANT people to be logical but they are not. A racist is not going to pick a highly qualified black person over a less qualified white person. AA corrects for that. It might in some cases
lead to a less qualified minority getting hired, but it will also in at least as many
cases lead to a better qualified minority applicant getting hired when they wouldn't have otherwise.
Frankly, Corth, it's a bit racist of you to simply assume every minority applicant is less qualified!