Affirmative Action... a government policy that was meant to fight racism and promote equality. Well, in reality it doesn't. In fact, it backfires.
I don't know if any of you are aware of this... but in New York, there are 3 Specialized Science High School that's very difficult to get in due to the SSHSAT (Specialized Science High School Admission Test). I was in Bronx Science (one of them), most of my familly in New York went to one of those school. It means a lot to a New York HS student, because it directly affects his/her future.
I have a cousin who's half-chinese. He applied for the 3 schools. When he got his scores back, he was so excited --- because he qualified for all 3 (or so he thought). Then shortly after, he found out that he was only qualified for 2 of them (Bx Science and Brooklyn Tech, not Stuyvesant). Needless to say, he was upset. He had his mind on Stuyvesant since he started Junior High. It's the difference between Best and Second Best. The interesting thing here is that one of his friend (Black) got 10 points lower than him and was ACCEPTED to Stuyvesant. His parents were furious, they asked around, sent letters, made angry calls and so forth... Finally, they found out that it's due to "Affirmative Action" and "No Child Left Behind Act" kind of crap. Basicly, it's all about equal representation of race RATHER than equal opportunity. So basicly, they will try to make the school as racially diverse as possible... using any means. That include having different score requirements of different ethnic groups. That's all fine and nice for hispanics and blacks (no offense, but their score were lowered)... but for East Asians and Jews, the score were raise by like 12 points (it varies each year). They said it was meant to control the "racial inequality" in school. What the hell? How is that not racist? You deny certain people a good education because you want to offer it to the less fortunate? I understand that Affirmative Action has helped lots of minorities that usually perform less-than-average in school to gain high powered degrees. But why do they have to employ such a racist method? How about offering SCHOOLS for the people who needs help? How about helping the minorities rather than just giving things to them? In fact, I am pretty sure some black parents consider this an insult (to lower their children's requirement score).
When my uncle told my parents this... we were stunned. We heard about affirmative action, but we had no idea how it actually works. My uncle want to send the Board of Ed an offical letter asking them to accept my cousin or he might take legal actions against the state of New York (he's gathering data on this matter right now).
So I ask you, what do you think of this? If you have asked me before, I would've said I support anything that evens the playing field for minorities. But now I realized that this affirmative action (if anything) makes the playing field an one-sided slaughter.
PS: I also did some research on Wikipedia under Affirmative Action, No Child Left Behind Act, Racial Intelligence and so forth... I am going to help my uncle with his crusade.