Affirmative Action 平权政策
About this lesson
In this lesson you’ll learn how to:
- tactfully state an opinion on a sensitive matter
- dispel common myths by using evidence
- recognize key terms and phrases associated with the affirmative action debate
- bring a debate to a close by stating a compromise between the two sides
I’m all for diversity
I’m all for diversity.
What I’m not OK with is unequal treatment.
If two people apply for a job, should one be given better treatment because of their skin color?
That’s reverse racism if I’ve ever seen it.
A lot of myths out there
Well there’s a lot of myths about affirmative action out there.
A lot of people think we no longer need affirmative action.
But women and minorities are statistically more likely to be unemployed.
And when they’re employed, they get paid less than others for doing the same job.
A foot in the door
Another myth is that of reverse discrimination.
No affirmative action law requires that decisions be made based on skin color.
They merely allow people who would otherwise be shut out to get a foot in the door.
You simply can’t argue that
You simply can’t argue that the playing field is even.
Our educational system fails people who live in low-income areas.
Public schools in low-income areas simply have fewer resources.
Minorities have fewer opportunities from day one.
How do you justify that?
But how can you justify the use of quotas in schools and workplaces?
Actually you bring up another of the most common myths.
Quotas are illegal.
Employers make goals for the inclusion of minorities.
But the use of quotas is strictly forbidden.
An imperfect solution
Affirmative action may not be a perfect solution, but it’s a solution that we can implement.
It provides opportunities for people who may not otherwise have them.
Any measure that has the potential to break the cycle of poverty should be taken.