Affirmative Action Around the World

Affirmative Action Around the World

An Empirical Study

Book - 2004
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This book moves the discussion of affirmative action beyond the United States to other countries that have had similar policies, often for a longer time than Americans have. It also moves the discussion beyond the theories, principles, and laws that have been so often debated to the actual empirical consequences of affirmative action in the United States and in India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Both common patterns and national differences are examined. Much of what emerges from a factual examination of these policies flatly contradicts much of what was expected and much of what has been claimed.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780300101997
Branch Call Number: 331.133 So92A 2004
Characteristics: x, 239 pages ; 22 cm

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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.

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.

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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