Has Affirmative Action delivered any measurable benefit to those it was intended to help? I've heard contrary evidence supporting every opposition position. I wish there was someone I could trust to deliver the facts. Sadly, the New Yorker isn't it. Yes, I am certain that, once upon a time, "whites" enjoyed an unearned advantage by virtue of their race. I don't see any evidence of that today. Sadly, the failure and drop out rate among blacks tends to support the case that Affirmative Action has pushed them into educational opportunities and jobs for which they weren't prepared, but I'm not yet convinced that is the total story. Asians have suffered because, culturally, they are pushed hard by their families to achieve when in elementary, intermediate, and high schools, and some slack off when they escape to distant college campuses. At least, that's the evidence of my experience (which is, admittedly, anecdotal). No, I don't have the answers and the issue is too politically charged for the truth to escape into the light of honest debate. Sad.
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