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Affirmative Action: Race Vs. Class

June 17, 2013

In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity — race or class? A decade ago, the U.S....

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Jun-20-13 8:55 AM

You want equality? Take race out of all programs, and off all forms. That will shut down the Democratic party, and put dozens of "Reverends" out of work.

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Jun-17-13 11:41 PM

Welfare checks are easier than pay checks.

Until that is fixed, the problem will remain.

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Jun-17-13 2:31 PM

Poor upbringing isn't limited to a race. Though poverty can be a factor, look at dirt poor kids who exceed all expectations, and surpass their peers.

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Jun-17-13 2:11 PM

I think Renaldo got this right. 50s makes a good point that if you teach people that they can't succeed, that's what they learn. Also, in the article, how can you take someone seriously who uses the term "cultural zeitgeist"?

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Jun-17-13 10:43 AM

Nobody is poor because they are black anymore than somebody is black because they're poor. Get over it and put the professinoal racist charlatans out of work.

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Jun-17-13 9:28 AM

Label it what you want, but race based is ALWAYS racism. Period. It's been two generations of college degrees since Jim Crow people. Quit teaching the kids they are oppressed, (even multi-million dollar salaried celebrities) and you will discover they will do quite well without that stone around their neck.

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Jun-17-13 9:15 AM

Amazing how many PhD studies there are that amount to absolute BS. The disparity and inequality are not the fault of anyone but the parents, teachers and peers of a kid who is influenced in the formative years. Dropping out or sliding through does not give you the same right to success as those who worked hard for it. It's not disparity and inequality as these reports suggest being some evil conspiracy. It's life paying you back for your efforts...or lack thereof.

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Jun-17-13 7:37 AM

Renaldo, refreshing to see that someone gets it. I agree with your points 100%. Affirmative action maybe was needed years ago, but not any more. Just look around and see how many employees in today's world are from India, or Asia. If a company today hires based on race or sex, I guarantee they are not in business very long. Companies today, for the most part, care about skill sets first.

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Jun-17-13 5:03 AM

Maybe aff action was needed years or decades ago, today it seems not much more than part of an industry of Jesse Jackson types that attempt to make racism to justify their positions and industry alive, really just exploiting for their own personal gain.

The emphasis of the article was towards college education. I wonder 1) why is there never questioning as to the justification of the insane cost of college today and especially today in which it seems graduates are cranked out lacking usable skills let alone basic skills like grammar and speaking. Clearly colleges are like those "evil" businesses that are driven by financials. I'd love to see a breakdown of their spending, and 2) I don't see how class is relevant to college beyond the application process (see 1 above) though it's certainly an issue with school prior to college. Kids will be kids and bad parents will be bad parents. High schools have to pick up the slack to motivate those that need it that there is oppor

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