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Fata Morgana
2003-11-14 18:16
affirmative action
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Affirmative action is good in that it attempts to mitigate the inherently caucasian-patriarchal structure of our society, yet it can also reinforce that structure by contributing to the idea that women and other minorities aren't really qualified. The ideal would be to change the rhetoric of patriarchal fields to be more inclusive of women and other minorities. But that's difficult, to say the least.

My thoughts on having NO affirmative action is similar to my thoughts on the recently-defeated Proposition 54, which would have banned the collection of lots of important racial data: in a truly integrated, race-blind, non-patriarchal society, racial data and arrirmative action aren't necessary, but we sure as hell aren't there yet, as is shown by the number of white males in engineering, law, and politics; the number of black males in prison; and the lack of women in positions of power or wealth.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2003-11-18 20:52 (UTC)
Re: administration
Not Pell grants! Those sustained me through my years at Cal! Those and subsidized loans, and um, scholarships from evil, er, overly-aggressive technology corporations. *hangs head*

Anyway, good point - poverty is a major problem, and one that statistically falls along racial lines anyway. Mitigating that is a form of affirmative action in itself, but wouldn't let people like Lenore or me (though being a woman in engineering makes me a "minority" to many) fall through the cracks.
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