U.S. Supreme Court reconsiders divisive affirmative action policy

--The Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune - April 3

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2001

The United States Supreme Court has wisely decided to look further into affirmative action by agreeing to review a federal highway construction program that provides for race-based preferences for black and Latino contractors.

Affirmative action has been a divisive policy since it was created as a means, its backers have steadfastly asserted, to redress past discrimination by providing for race-based set asides and preferences in hiring and contracts or, in the case of higher education institutions, admissions and faculty positions. ...

The biggest problem with affirmative action is that it seeks to redress past discrimination by decreeing current discrimination. In short, favorable current racial discrimination is the reward for past abuses. ...

Affirmative action ironically perpetuates the racial divide and polarization of the population that its backers claim was responsible for the past discrimination the policy supposedly redresses.

Thus, it is good news that the Supreme Court has signaled its intent to look again at this corrosive policy.

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