Thursday, May 5, 2011

How Affirmative Action Plays Out in the Real World

Here is a video of a shocking lecture by Columbia University Ph.D, Steven Farron , author of The Affirmative Action Hoax, on how affirmative action plays out in the real world.

Farron provides extensive evidence that affirmative action as implemented in both universities and the workplace is not only unfair but dangerous to us all, and in less obvious ways than we might imagine.

For example, it's well known that white college applicants are routinely rejected so that black applicants with far worse test scores and grades in less rigorous courses can be admitted. Assessing the extent to which that is, net, deleterious is beyond the scope of this blog post, but the following unquestionably endangers us all:

Farron reports that because such a small percentage of African-American and Latino medical school graduates were passing the physician licensing exam, the exam was dumbed down so much that 99% of white examinees now pass.

I was tempted to stop watching the video because of Dr. Farron's initially phlegmatic manner and stuffy appearance and because the first two minutes were merely introductory, but I'm glad I continued. You might however, wish to start watching at the 2:20 mark. Its total length is 31 minutes.

1 comment:

Stan said...

Thanks for alerting us to this, Marty. I'll check it out. What's worse is that Obamacare adds *still more* affirmative action to the medical field. It's unfortunate, but it seems avoiding minority doctors for anything important will be the logical, safe thing to do. Such is the result of affirmative action in general: it benefits a small group, but only at the cost of us all.


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