Race and Politics
Affirmativeaction in the American culture entails the policies favoring those atmost of the time tend to suffer from discrimination, especiallyinvolving education and employment. Many views have been put acrossby the policies, with some of the intellects supporting it whileothers are totally against it. Shelby Steele is one of the AfricanAmericans who is against the Affirmative Action Policies.
ShelbySteele considers it as a tool for oppression for the African Americanfrom the whites as well as from other fellow blacks. He affirms thatthe African Americans have been involved in the double tragedy asslaves as well as the American government preference on the whiteAmericans. He gives a typical example of Barrack Obama who suffersoppression from the fellow black Americans who feel much nervousbecause Obama has been so much successful among the whites.
Hefurther feels that stigmatization between the blacks and the whitesdue to guilty in the name of discrimination. The whites feel guiltyin correcting the blacks. (Onwuachi,Houh & Campbell, 2008). Heinsists that the blacks are not told the truth they are living in abubble and absolutely being used.
Healso believes that the Affirmative action policies promote furthervictimization of the blacks by the white American, and that the blackmust establish and develop their own culture without relying on theculture of the white Americans. The victimization is brought by thedisparity in ideas developed during the political arguments.
Onmy view, I also disagree with the Affirmative action policies forsome reasons Firstly, it aims at helping individuals who areeconomically disadvantaged, but its plans majorly target the middleand the upper-class minorities.(Onwuachi et al., 2008)Secondly, ithas not fundamentally ended discrimination and instead the strongholdfor the policies was to create the opportunity for the blacks and thewhites to mix and learn together.
Inconclusion, there is no correlation between the skin color andintelligence hence the affirmative action policies should be avoidedin the relevant decision-making and in ensuring accountability
Onwuachi-Willig,A., Houh, E., & Campbell, M. (2008). Cracking the Egg: Which CameFirst: Stigma or Affirmative Action?. CaliforniaLaw Review,1299-1352.
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