The inclined nature of many people today when responding to concept of “discrimination” in all its forms is usually as involuntary as the way one jerks her hands off from a touch from a boiling pot. Individuals tend to sway away and reject it, even convincing to some degree that they themselves have not, in a way, upheld the offenses of discrimination. Although with the age of modernity and freedom, liberty and the cry for equality have become increasingly complicated to objectively achieve. While a few might argue that laws and rights established by institutions who protect humans, do protect the interests of humans, sometimes the unlikely may fool one.
But on the other hand, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines Affirmative Action in quite a different way. ““Affirmative action” means positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and culture from which they have been historically excluded. When those steps involve preferential selection—selection on the basis of race, gender, or ethnicity—affirmative action generates intense controversy.” This definition is slighted twisted from the original definition given originally in 1961. Affirmative Action has changed as the decades went by, and oftentimes has been misused to one’s benefit.
As the name suggest, all people form all walks of life, may be employed in whatever field they prefer, so as long as they are qualified to do the work.
2. Prevents (if not eradicates) the whole idea of discrimination
If Affirmative Action is implemented properly, people will no longer understand what discrimination is in the workplace, and it could possibly be a thing of the past.
With the rise of this concept, people are open to life improvement without regarding their natural qualities of race, color, ethnicity, or gender as a hindrance.
4. Offers a good name to the company
When a company is an advocate of this idea, they may be credited as a just institution and people may think highly of them.
1. Preferential Selection
Choosing due to race, gender, and ethnicity, although coupled with good intentions, is not wise and not professional. People should be employed because they are able to perform the work, and not because of their natural traits.
2. Helps identify who the “Inferior “ sector is, when in fact it shouldn’t be identified at all to start with.
With representation comes misrepresentation. Institutions would likely see which members of society are misrepresented, and compensate having a quality company full of equipped workers to that of a so called “equal-minded one” by hiring individuals who are misrepresented. Segregation of people based on gender, race, and culture tends to occur afterwards. This is wrong and people have to live without discriminating.
3. Too good to be true
An ideal so good in intentions is just hard to implement, and employers simply tend to roll back to performing preferential selection
4. Fight for a good name
Sometimes, companies would expel all efforts and create a lot of excuses just to get a good brand image that would surely make them sell to the masses; and then again, they would likely fall back to the idea preferential selection