Affirmative Action Around the World

Affirmative Action Around the World

An Empirical Study

Book - 2004
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In this important book, an eminent authority presents a new perspective on affirmative action, investigating its actual consequences in the United States and in other countries where it has been in effect. Evaluating his empirical data, Thomas Sowell concludes that race preference programs worldwide have not met expectations and have often produced the opposite of what was originally intended.
Publisher: New Haven, Conn : Yale University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780300107753
0300107757
9780300101997
0300101996
Characteristics: 239 S

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StarGladiator
Sep 17, 2017

Mr. Sowell is a very intelligent fellow with a strong force of mind, but the history behind affirmative action in America is really quite simple: first proposed by President John F. Kennedy [just as so many other original ideas originated form that shortly existing administration, and really nothing new since then], it was meant to make up for artificially induced barriers and shortcomings of African-Americans, due to the historic conditions of slavery and prejudice. [Any bike race in America yet named for Marshall Major Taylor???] Those were not only of historic difficulties in employment, but most decidedly in any form of wealth accumulation as so many were banned from home purchases [see Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein].
Later, it has been greatly corrupted by creating more and more categories to avoid the employment of African-Americans; hiring white and Hispanic women over them [and frequently over superior males of any background], et cetera, et cetera.
Affirmative action WAS DECIDEDLY NOT intended to give employment preference to Hispanic immigrants from bloody dictatorships so that they could procure well paying positions at the Cato Institute, the Hoover Institute, the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation!
Had the original intent been adhered to, there would be no market for books such as this.

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wodebaobei38
Sep 17, 2017

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. What was intended actually never came to fruition in each country where affirmative action took place. Isn't that the point Sowell keeps trying to get across in this book? Is there nothing to be learned from his timely research? Please re-read the last paragraph of page 117 and the first paragraph of page 119. If government hadn't intervened perhaps the pre Civil Rights achievements of African Americans would have stood a much better chance of continuing.

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cello9flute
Feb 28, 2015

I highly recommend this book and commentators above have well-summarized its contents. The book should be read by politicians, pundits, and the leaders of today's civil rights community. This naughty man dares to look at facts which in this case don't accord with the prevailing progressive ideology. It is a wise and sad commentary on human nature and political man.

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