The thing is, affirmative action is not discriminatory. If affirmative action programmes admitted members of minorities who were less qualified than majority applicants, this would be both discriminatory and fucking stupid. Never mind the unfairness, you would be asking organisations to commit suicide. But that is not affirmative action. Affirmative action is the policy that when a minority applicant is equally qualified as a majority applicant, you pick the minority applicant.
Over here in the United Kingdom, it is known as positive discrimination
. Leaving aside the oxymoron there, it just does not work because in reality it is unfair to others. The fact that those others may be privileged
is irrelevant as two wrongs do not make a right no matter how well intentioned one is. The way round this is to treat everyone as equal and discriminate against no one. Period.
An example: sometimes we have all female candidates when selection for elections takes place every four or five years. The intention is to guarantee a female being selected for Parliament by their respective party. This is because females are underrepresented in Parliament as a percentage of the adult population. But the criteria should be ability, and not gender. Bypass half measures and start treating everyone equally now. There is no need for it as it against the law to discriminate on grounds of gender, anyway. I am fully aware of the historical legacy of misogyny, but giving females unfair advantage, is no more acceptable than giving it to males.
And I completely reject the notion of privilege
too. What a wonderfully convenient mechanism for disregarding the opinions of others. No, sorry, but no one has more right than anyone else to freedom of speech. I am more than happy to listen to those, whose experience and knowledge on a particular issue, may be greater than mine. No problem with that whatsoever. But no one gets to dictate to anyone, that they cannot reference their view, because of nationality, gender, class, age . . that is discrimination by another name, and I totally reject it and it should be challenged absolutely and unequivocally. Treat everyone exactly
the same, regardless. That is the way to proceed. I am not the least bit interested in the thought police telling me what to think or when to think or how to think . . you do not get to do that with me or with anyone else.