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The Continuing Importance of Affirmative Action
Affirmative action is about to take quite a beating. Prominent Republicans from Phil Gramm to Pete Wilson to Bob Dole all plan on making the attack on affirmative action a central plank of their campaign rhetoric. The Clinton administration, perhaps trying to stem the attack before it begins, recently announced that it would reevaluate the merit of all affirmative action programs. And many of those to the left of Clinton oppose affirmative action–albeit probably for different reasons than those to his right. Considering the overwhelming opposition to affirmative action, it seems improbable that affirmative action would have much to recommend it. Yet this contention deserves examination. There are a large number of factors contributing to a given policy’s favorability; it seems unlikely that all aspects of affirmative action, from morality to reality to the gray in between, count as strikes against it.
Concerns over fairness to white males seem to be at the root of most opposition to affirmative action. This argument is dif…
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