“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. These famous words spoken by Martin Luther King JR in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech have continued to echo throughout the years. These words are just as important today as they were 54 years ago. So why then do we continue to have legislation in place that forces colleges and employers to do the exact opposite?
On March 6, 1961 President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925, which included a provision that government contractors “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin”. Since then, Affirmative Action has grown into the outdated, overreaching institution that we see today.
Yes, diversity is vital in any company or learning community but affirmative action has long outlived its usefulness. No longer do colleges or employers discriminate by race/religion, the razor thin margins and intense competition in todays markets remove any bias that companies or universities may have. You need the best man/woman for the job to compete and affirmative action takes away from that. Affirmative action is reverse discrimination. The past discrimination against minority groups does not justify present discrimination against non-minorities. All people are equal under the laws of the United States and should be treated accordingly. We must get back to a system based on merit instead of race. No longer can we let a dinosaur policy that is no longer practical in todays society control us.
Time and time again qualified applicants are getting passed over for the sake of diversity where diversity already exists. Thankfully President Trump has ordered a probe into affirmative action, which is a important first step to dismantling the program. It’s time we dump affirmative action and put America back on track to greatness.