Affirmative Action

I’m not going to say anything about affirmative action now, but please go to this post on the Sideshow and click on the comment thread, and see what kind of stupidity anti-AA proponents can come up with. SLC’s “Israel basher” tag is nothing compared to being asked “Since you support discrimination, what’s wrong with discrimination against black people?”.

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3 Responses to Affirmative Action

  1. SLC says:

    The problem with affirmative action is that all too often it ends up being a quota system. Thus, an employers’ company having a minority employment considered too low by some government bureaucrat, has the burden of proving that he/she made a substantial effort to recruit minorities for his/her company. From personnel experience, I can state that such bureaucrats are very hard to convince. Thus it is much easier to take the easy way out and hire according to a quota (i.e. the companies’ labor force should be 10% whatever to reflect the minority popultation in the area).

  2. Alon Levy says:

    There’s an argument to be made that it’s better to spend more money on enforcement in small business environments, where proving discrimination with sheer numbers is night impossible, and concordantly reduce the p-value you need to be considered discriminatory (say, from 0.05 to 0.01). But by the nature of statistical tests, you’re going to get some false positives, no matter what; it’s just a question of whether it’s 1% of all equal opportunity employers, 0.1%, or 0.01%.

  3. SLC says:

    Unfortunately, most government bureaucrats wouldn’t understand a significance test, let alone know how to compute one. Thus, the burden will still be on the employer to prove himself/herself innocent, rather then on the bureaucrat to prove him/her guilty.

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