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None of This Is Fair
By: Richard Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez states in his piece, None of This Is Fair, that Affirmative Action programs are inefficient in reaching the seriously disadvantaged. He continues to support his point by giving a personal experience. In his experience he is faced with the challenge of accepting the guilt that would accompany the accepting of a job offer that he knew came because he was a minority. He struggled as he saw others, more diligent than he, who got a measly one or even no job offers while he was getting so many that he couldn’t even count. He struggles with the guilt and the imminent decision he soon had to make, and after a peer accuses him, or his ethnicity, of being piggy-backed by Affirmative Actions he comes to his firm decision that he will not accept any of the job offers that he had received. However, was he right in declining the offers he had received? He must have perceived it as an act of defiance, as a way to show Affirmative Action that he will not gain easy access to colleges because of his ethnicity, because he was a minority. Yet did this change anything? This in no way affected Affirmative Actions, they most likely did not research why he declined their offers, they did not care and most likely moved on. One reason why he did it was to shirk the guilt that would come with accepting anything; he knew he was considered a minority yet the real minority could even afford a decent education. Focusing on his situation and the way he handled it, he made a mistake. Instead of rejecting all of his offers he could have chosen the one he desired. Taken the job they offered him and continue to be an English professor, educating students on such things that he went through. How minorities are given the advantage, how Affirmative Action is unfair. He could have started a domino affect so big that Affirmative Action would have had to reconsider their...
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