Affirmative Action Essay Research Paper Politics is

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Affirmative Action Essay, Research Paper Politics is assuming command of the American economy in the form of pervasive “equal opportunity” enforcement. In today’s society, everyone is supposed to be equal and have equal rights, but in employment, there is more discrimination than ever. American citizens need to do away with affirmative action so that America’s job opportunities can once again be based on merit, not skin color or ethnicity. Laws have been passed, quotas have been established, and seemingly, everything has been done to prevent discrimination, but rather than ending discrimination, these new laws and quotas have begun to discriminate against a new group of people?the qualified white male. America is known as the land of opportunity. The general theory is

that if you work hard enough and you are the most qualified person to receive a job, you get it, but that is no longer the case. Now, in order to be employed, qualifications do not always matter as much as the color of a person’s skin or his ethnicity. In dealing with this subject, the first question that is always asked is, “What is wrong with quotas? What is wrong with companies hiring a variety of blacks, Hispanics, women, and white males?” (?Counting Costs? p. 18)The problem is not with hiring a variety of people from different ethnic groups. The problem begins when the person who is best qualified for a job, loses the position to someone less qualified. More and more, white males are having problems finding jobs because they are not black or Hispanic or do not have

breasts. Affirmative action, which is action in the form of quotas and special treatment for protected classes, has resulted in a politicized hiring process in which white males are openly discriminated against. A 1984 poll found that one in every ten white males lost a promotion because of quotas. (Glatris p. 44) They have become invisible victims because the idea of merit hiring has been subverted by politicized hiring, and that has left the white males no way to defend themselves against this open discrimination. Some have tried to defend themselves, but litigation proved expensive, exhausting, chancy, and immensely time consuming. One case remains unsettled after more than six years in litigation. (Brimelow, 76-77) Many voices say that quotas are used to right the past wrongs

when so many minority groups were discriminated against, but even immigrants, if they belong to one of the protected classes are eligible for quota preferences. Leslie Spencer and Peter Brimelow, sociological researchers who have thoroughly researched the quota system, said that since immigrants can also receive quota preferences, it is “a pretty clear indication that quotas are not about righting past wrong, but about political power”. ( Merit p. 80-83) Just as socialism has collapsed around the globe, the leading capitalist power has adapted a peculiarly American form of Neosocialism putting politics and lawyers in command of its workplace albeit on the pretext of equality rather than efficiency. This problem is only becoming worse because America has the most far reaching

equal employment laws found anywhere in the world. (”Counting Costs?) Many companies are afraid of these laws, and the fear of political punishment makes quotas very hard to research. A Kmart executive told a researcher, “We’re not letting you anywhere near our program.” (Brimelow 77) Companies go beyond what is required just to avoid legal trouble. The manager of corporate employment status at Xerox, a company that uses quotas, states, “We have a process that we call ‘balanced work force’. In Xerox, everyone understands that, and it is measurable by its goals and relative numbers. That is the hard business, that is what people do not like to deal with, but we do it all the time.” (Brimelow and Spencer n. pag.) Sears, Roebuck and Co. spent fifteen years and twenty