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Debate: Affirmative action

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-When members of targeted groups are actively sought or preferred, the reason given is usually that this is necessary to compensate for advantages that other groups are said to have had (such as through institutional racism or institutional sexism or historical circumstances). +'''Affirmative action helps compensate groups for past wrongs such as institutional racism and disadvantages:''' If past wrongs have a legacy that live on today in the form of continued disadvantages, affirmative action helps alter those obstacles and correct past wrongs. Because disadvantages often perpetuate themselves in a vicious cycle, affirmative action helps give the disadvantaged traction to fight off their disadvantages and end the cyclical legacy of past wrongs. Once the playing field is leveled, than the need for affirmative action no longer exists.
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'''Many groups that have been victims of institutional racism are actually harmed by affirmative action instead of compensated:''' Asian Americans are an example of this, where they have been victims of institutional racism, but whom are harmed by affirmative action since it benefits largely black and Hispanic populations. Thus, how can compensation for past injustices be a justification, when this rule is applied arbitrarily. '''Many groups that have been victims of institutional racism are actually harmed by affirmative action instead of compensated:''' Asian Americans are an example of this, where they have been victims of institutional racism, but whom are harmed by affirmative action since it benefits largely black and Hispanic populations. Thus, how can compensation for past injustices be a justification, when this rule is applied arbitrarily.

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Is Affirmative Action education legislation in the United States a good idea?

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Compensation: Is affirmative action justified as compensation for past wrongs to a group?

Yes

Affirmative action helps compensate groups for past wrongs such as institutional racism and disadvantages: If past wrongs have a legacy that live on today in the form of continued disadvantages, affirmative action helps alter those obstacles and correct past wrongs. Because disadvantages often perpetuate themselves in a vicious cycle, affirmative action helps give the disadvantaged traction to fight off their disadvantages and end the cyclical legacy of past wrongs. Once the playing field is leveled, than the need for affirmative action no longer exists.

No

Many groups that have been victims of institutional racism are actually harmed by affirmative action instead of compensated: Asian Americans are an example of this, where they have been victims of institutional racism, but whom are harmed by affirmative action since it benefits largely black and Hispanic populations. Thus, how can compensation for past injustices be a justification, when this rule is applied arbitrarily.

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