An outdated tool meant to uplift the lower dredges of the urban and working class people of the USA, i.e minorities. Particularly of the African American persuasion. Affirmative Action was fomented out of the need to reemburse African Americans for 400 years of slavery, and another 200 years of apartheid policies by politikos and whites in general in America. Affirmative Action was an avant garde way of saying "sorry for killing 50 million of you and enslaving the rest, here I shower my kindness upon you by letting you work at this factory for miminum wage".
Affirmative Action was created as a medium for helping urban class African Americans but has come to be used more frequently by members of other minority groups, particularly Indians and Latinos. A shocking and often underestimated effect of Affirmative Action is the fact that white women benefit from it far more than African Americans and minorities in general.

Detractors of Affirmative Action routinely sidestep the issue of white women being the beneficiaries of it while blaming African Americans for all of society's ills. See Euro trash.
Affirmative Action is decrepit, outdated and void of anything remotely progressive. If the government and Americans in general were truly interested in formulating proper ways of managing the African American solution, and reembursement for years of apartheid policies, then they would fund schools in African American areas and supply them with capable teachers and staff, nothing special - just fund them the same way you fund suburban schools. That would be a great start and would guarantee immediate change.
white guy: "those bloodsucking hiphop listening bling blinging blingers are stealing all our labour and manufacturing jobs"

non white guy: "uhm .. buddy, the bimbo outside the boss' office with the miniskirt and the grade eight education is the only here benefitting from Affirmative Action"
by franz fanon May 20, 2005
A blatantly unconstitutional race based handicap quota system. Intended to atone for supposed past indiscretions. Which are "thought" to account for minority's lower test scores, A 70% unwed child birth rate, And a 7 to 1 imprisonment rate (that can be documented) among blacks.

This legalized discrimination accomplishes nothing but giving a sense of entitlement to minorities. And encouraging slackers to slack even more. Instead of working toward their own enrichment. At best it contributes to the dumbing down of America.

It looks to be short lived however due to the voters recently voting it down by an overwhelming majority in Michigan. Making Michigan the third state to ban affirmative action in the public arena based on race, gender, and ethnic status. It follows California and Washington.

I look forward and will consider it an honor to vote it down in my state.

search for "Michigan Voters Ban Affirmative Action"
search for "Michigan Voters Ban Affirmative Action"
by rapsucks1738 December 10, 2006
affirmative action (U.S.), action taken to affirm an established policy; spec. positive action by employers to ensure that minority groups are not discriminated against during recruitment or employment - taken from oxford english dictionary

affirmative action is one of the few things minorties have going for them to counter the effects of institutionalized discrimination. It is not racist, beyond popular white belief. the people that think it is racist are those that think "white males" are the most discriminated against(which is obviously bullshet since they are the most higher up in society). Have the skin color "white" does more for a person than any trivial thing like affirmative action.

minorities already have a burden just because they might have different color skin. many white people(not all) just cannot stand the thought of other groups having a slight advantage(which it really isnt since so few minorities compared to others actually get to get into those institutions that it counters the belief that a black person is taking a job etc from a white person because of the fact that the workplace, college is probably already 70%+ white)
did u know that after the civil rights acts of the 60s, it only took 14 years, 14 freaking years for a white person to bring up a case of reverse discrimination. think about it Black people have had practically no rights for like 300 yrs in the country and 250 of them they were slaves, and when they actually get some "rights" it only takes white people not even 20 years to start protesting about it.

Affirmative Action may take a couple of hundred white, asian people out of jobs or schools but compared to the millions of minorities that do not even get the chance to be in the position of getting affirmative action, those poor poor white asian people losing to an under represented minority really dont deserve pity.

im asian and yea it sucks that it goes against me but hey its cuz asians are perceived as overachieving and colleges probably think they have too much asians so thats a reason why it would affect us. but colleges can never have too many white people thats for sure.

ps. white people do not worry you are still in power, the world is not out to get you, your skin color does much much more than anything like affirmative action can do.
by Dong Woo May 21, 2006
A bullshit phrase invented to camoflage government mandated discrimination against males in general and white males in particular.

Pinhead liberal: We can unring the bell known as discrimination by doing *more* of it. However, I don't think the white guys will like it. I know--we'll call it 'affirmative action' rather than discrimination. It will take the public years to figure out what it actually is and by then we'll have brainwashed them. Besides, with 71% of the population benefitting from it, they'll never vote it out. Even if it is total bullshit and morally wrong.
by Flaming Meaux April 11, 2006
Legal racism that is most harmful to hardworking non-minorities applying for college.
Jamal got into the University of XYZ, although Joe got rejected even though he got 300 points higher on his SATs. This anonomly occured because Jamal is African American and the University of XYZ promotes affirmative action.
by James Lee April 23, 2006
1. A form of institutional racism which discriminates against not just whites and asians, but absolutely anyone who has achieved highly and is not black. Extremely prevelant in U.S. university admissions, and to a lesser degree the corporate world.

2. A great way to cheapen the achievments of blacks who really do achieve highly without anyone's help. Declaring that standards should be lowered for blacks is essentially stating that blacks are incapable of succeding at the level of other races, therefore declaring that they are inferior.
I didn't get into Stanford, but a black guy with lower SAT scores and a worse GPA did thanks to affirmative action.

That black guy worked his butt off to rise from poverty and get into Stanford, but everyone will just think it was because of affirmative action.
by agentsteve September 23, 2006
1. A form of institutional racism which discriminates against not just whites and asians, but absolutely anyone who has achieved highly and is not black. Extremely prevelant in U.S. university admissions, and to a lesser degree the corporate world.

2. A great way to cheapen the achievments of blacks who really do achieve highly without anyone's help. Declaring that standards should be lowered for blacks is essentially stating that blacks are incapable of succeding at the level of other races, therefore declaring that they are inferior.
I didn't get into Stanford, but a black guy with lower SAT scores and a worse GPA did thanks to affirmative action.

That black guy worked his butt off to rise from poverty and get into Stanford, but everyone will just think it was because of affirmative action.
by agentsteve September 24, 2006
A racist unconstitutional system where certain minority groups are hired or admitted into institutions above Asian people and white people. Systems of affirmative action hurt Asians at the expense of whites, blacks, Hispanics, etc. in California public colleges. Gave rise to the popular derogatory use of the word "model-minority" when explainign why it's OK to discriminate against Asians.

Will be overturned in a few years because the new supreme court has not heard an affirmative action case since Grutter v. Bollinger.
UC Berkeley is 47% Asian. With affirmative action, they want to make it 11% Asian.

Asians with perfect SAT scores or perfect GPA's are rejected because of "diversity."

White liberals love affirmative action because they hate other white people and "model minorites".
by Admiral Anonymous February 21, 2006
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