The concept of race is not supported by factual evidences. The color of the skin does not have any relevance to the physical and intellectual capacity of an individual. History tells of how people fabricated race for political purposes, to instill obedience upon those they struggled to dominate. That is not the case today. People of color are now protected under the law; they are entitled to equal opportunities with the white. On the other hand, there are people who appear to overdo their observance of equality. When they are supposed to disregard color in their selection practices, they tend to place applicants from ethnic minorities in their preferred list, which of course is not fair for the white. Yes, it does bring good results, but it is not ethical. Affirmative action in itself is racist.
There are many reasons why affirmative action in favor of ethnic minorities is racist. First of all, it violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against the white. Equal opportunities denotes that no one is to receive special consideration based on ethnic background, but by affirmative action, people of color get a head start in the selection process. Second, racial preferences are meant to help the disadvantaged. Affirmative action insinuates that people of color are inferior, and therefore cannot compete fairly with the white. Lastly, affirmative action tends to be an insult to ethnic minorities on account that they are selected not for their ability but for their color. In this manner, people of color are not given the impetus to improve themselves, or to show what they can do.
Affirmative Action as Discrimination Based on Race
Affirmative action is geared towards providing solution to the long standing issue of underrepresentation of the black and Hispanics in schools and workplace. For instance, the Rooney Rule states that for all coaching and general manger job openings in the NFL, a minority candidate should at the very least get an interview (Burk, Why the NFL’s Rooney Rule Matters”). The Rooney Rule allows for the ethnic minorities a fair chance to prove that they can handle obligations for a corporation as huge as the NFL, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, racism exists when a minority gets selected for the position not by his qualifications but by favoritism of the decision makers. In this scenario, the minority gets the better side of the bargain, which is unfair to the white.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 rules against discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Public schools that receive funding from the national government are therefore covered in this provision. Whereas students have the right under the law, to have equal access to education, they are also protected from injustices based on their ethnicity. This is a clear indication that all students, without regard to color, can and should expect fair...