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In America, Affirmative Action was a product of the Great Society policies of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. It was first codified into law under a series of Executive Orders (not approved by Congress, in other words), which stated that munitions manufacturers including private firms doing business with the federal government should "take affirmative action" in hiring minorities - at the time defined almost solely as African Americans.

As the Vietnam War dragged on under President Richard Milhous Nixon, Affirmative Action became part of a wider government program to bribe inner city blacks to get with the program and support their government. Of course, Affirmative Action, welfare (started under FDR in the 1930s) and other government handouts did nothing to increase the love that black people had for the federal government.

By 1978 liberal activism was under attack. President Jimmy Carter had expanded Johnson's liberal social programs to their ultimate extreme, and white, middle class Americans began to look toward the Republican Party and their rising star, Ronald Reagan, for new political direction. That same year, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against quotas for the first time in the landmark California Board of Regents vs. Allan Bakke decision. However, Affirmative Action was far from dead and buried.

Today Affirmative Action remains rooted in American policy, although most Americans including many African-Americans find Affirmative Action outmoded for the much less racist atmosphere of the 21st Century.

Inexplicably Affirmative Action still exists, even after the election of Barack Obama.
Affirmative Action put that white guy with a college degree in the unemployment line, while that black guy who can't even write his own name got the promotion.

Asians and Jews are also targets of racism, but they get none of the benefits of Affirmative Action. It's punishment for their success, I assume.

Jesse "Affirmative Action" Jackson got Nike to loan him $600 million dollars after threatening a boycott. What an extortionist piece of shit he is.
by The Truth Detector November 06, 2008
 
1.
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
 
2.
a system employed by certain colleges and offices, used to take opportunities away from qualified caucasians, disguised as a way of removing past discriminations.
A person with a lower GPA than me has more educational opportunities than me because of affirmative action.

Affirmative action is really just a load of bullshit.
by I hate affirmative action October 10, 2005
 
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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 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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Perhaps Affirmative Action (AA) is the biggest reason that successful blacks in America get less respect than successful members of other races. AA is a preference program, designed to give economic benefits to a group designated as "underrepresented minorities", which includes blacks, non-white hispanics, native americans and women. Although women are arguably the biggest beneficiary of AA, most others are upset at benefits given to blacks because it usually involves a higher margin of preference. See also Affirmative Blaction.

Liberals typically justify AA with euphemisms such as "Leveling the playing field" or "You can't expect a man shackled for 400 years to just get up and run a race". They never speak in straightforward, concrete terms lest they reveal AA for what it is: Socio-economic welfare. It is sold to the public under the guise of "achieving equality" but, oddly, lacks any clause that measures when equality is achieved or when AA will no longer be necessary. AA is obviously not about achieving equality since no preference is given to whites, asians or women in the NBA or NFL, which are black male-dominated.

Strangely, although black groups fight passionately to preserve AA, blacks in general are offended when it is implied that AA contributed to their current job/position. They want to get AA, but they don't want anyone to know they got it.
Jamal is applying to go to Harvard Medical School, and so is John. John scored in the upper 95% on his MCAT, while Jamal scored in the upper 65%. Affirmative action is the reason that Jamal will be taking out your appendix today while John is studying to be a nurse.
by FigurinOutLife May 12, 2006
 
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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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Political correctness in the form of institutionalized racism the liberals and socialists created to punish whites for the injustices blacks suffered during slavery, by giving unfair advantages to minorities in the name of “equality” “diversity”or “leveling the playing field.” An unconstitutional form of reverse discrimination that sets racial quotas, and labels a person’s credentials by race rather than merit. This should be an insult to black people, but it’s not because they want the unfair advantage to get a head. They don’t realize that affirmative action cheapens their achievements and assumes that no minority can get ahead on their own. The irony about affirmative action is that it uses reverse discrimination to compensate past discrimination. Let’s be honest, affirmative action originally had good intent by lawmakers, but has become grossly abused in America today like everything else. Colleges now use it, employers use it, banks use it, professional sports leagues use it to draft players, and even insurance companies use it. Heck, one of these days the hospital ERs will use it to admit patients. Because of AA, you can almost be rest assured that if/when you see a black, Hispanic or Asian person on a college campus it was probably a direct result of affirmative action.
Affirmative action is the epitome of political correctness gone ammock, but is a clever attempt for socialists and liberals to change the face of middle-class society.
by krock1dk April 28, 2008