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A legalized form of discrimination to ensure that the poor in society are being taken care of, although they didn't earn the privileges on merit—it also makes the rich feel less guilty of their wealth.
Implementing affirmative action policies is a necessary evil to ensure an all-inclusive society: the economically disadvantaged are given hope that there're safety nets in place, so that they can catch up with the rest economically.
by MathPlus October 05, 2016
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a system in which blacks are treated differently than whites because blacks have suffered in the past by being treated differently than whites
Affirmative action is based on the logical assumption that more gasoline will certainly put out the fire.
by Shnoogle June 14, 2014
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The most ironic rule ever created. It was intended to remove racism, however instead just reversed it. Minorities have an automatic advantage in getting a job even if they are less qualified than a Caucasian for the sole reason of their race (hence racism).

Additionally, the rule implies that a minority would not be able to beat out a Caucasian in getting a job or admittance to a college under normal circumstances, ultimately insulting minorities further.
Me: I was the most qualified to get the job, but I didn't because I'm white.

Friend: Affirmative Action is so racist.
by Equality to All January 05, 2009
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Getting into a job/college because you are not white.
Anyone who thinks affirmative action is not racist needs to pull their heads out of their asses and stop being a politically correct liberal moron.
by david smith, jr. February 08, 2008
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Racism integrated into education and employment.

A program where universities and employers give minorities positions over white people regardless of skill level, experience or education.

Remains in effect because those minorities (along with mindless white liberals) will label anyone who speaks out against it a racist, and nobody wants their reputation destroyed.
In order to fix Racism, we need to give people jobs because of the color of their skin! Time for some Affirmative Action! - The Left
by The Middle Road August 10, 2009
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American Colleges' defense against Natural Selection.
"Damn, all these asians got rejected from Ivy Leagues, but that black guy got in? Affirmative Action at the max!"

"In every class, everyone will quickly find out who got in only because of Affirmative Action"

"A population has to meet certain conditions to be in Hardy-Weinburg Equilibrium, once these conditions are met, evolution is not occuring: A Large Population Size, Random Mating, No Net Genetic Mutations, No Net Migrations, and No Natural Selection. No Natural Selection means no Evolution, and a population will never progress"
by FlappingChocoboModel July 10, 2008
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the bullshit rule that states equal rights for all. basically some fucked up law that some black man put into rule that states that a black person is to have an equal shot at the same things as a white person. not matter if they are more qualified or not. every organozation, school, company, etc.. most follow this rule and must maintain a minimal amount of minoritites in their population.
I got accepeted to Harvard, but it was taken back because they had to maintain the affirmative action laws and i lost my place to some fucking black because someone of his color had to bitch. But if I did that, i'd be charged with hate crimes and be labeled a racist.
by STCC0313 March 20, 2008
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