Sunday, October 24, 2010

How Affirmative Action Can Hurt Even Intended Beneficiaries

Affirmative action, or "positive discrimination" is primarily wrong because it is unjust against those it directly hurts (in this case Whites and Asians) and because it will lead to lower productivity when less qualified people are hired just because of their ethnicity/race.

But interestingly, it might not even be good to the seemingly favored groups (in this case Blacks and Hispanics) as many people will assume that anyone with a high ranking position from that group are simply there because of affirmative action-perhaps even in cases when they are actually genuinely qualified.