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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

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).

No

Many groups that have been victims to 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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