Affirmative Action By Walter E. Williams Analysis

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Affirmative action or special race based treatment only furthers discriminatory mindsets in society. Affirmative action with motivations based in race can take the form of passing a student who does not understand the material or hiring a client because they are of a specific nationality even though they are not fit for the job. According to Walter E. Williams’ novel “Up from the Projects: An Autobiography,” many African Americans believe that progress in equality cannot be made until discrimination is eliminated, and view discrimination as the reason for their plight which creates a mental self improvement barrier and an attitude of complacency. Throughout the autobiography, Walter E. Williams expounds upon his views of discrimination and …show more content…
During Williams’ prime employment years he was offered positions from numerous colleges only to find many of them were offered in an effort to add more African American members to their staff. When going for an interview Williams always stated he “wouldn’t be an affirmative action hire” (100). Williams did not want to be subject to discrimination even if it benefited him because he wanted to be hired for his skills not his skin. By rejecting what one could call “positive discrimination” Williams proved his belief that African Americans did not need to be subject to any discrimination and that they can break free from the bonds of these racial …show more content…
In reality, African Americans are subjected to different standards. Like Williams said, racial profiling happens all the time. Many employers and even educators maintain the mindset that because and African American comes from a rough background or does not have the same resources as everyone else, they should be given special treatment, but this only furthers discrimination. While African Americans can fight against this, all races should fight along with them. If I, as a white person but especially as a Christian, witness racial discrimination in my future career or society, I should feel compelled to do something about the situation. Proverbs 22:2 explains, “The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of all of them.” This verse can be taken in many ways: rich and poor; male and female; black and white; because the verse proves the point that the Lord made everyone. Because the Lord created all, everyone bears the image of God inwardly and outwardly. God has made everyone with capability to succeed and excel. We as brothers and sisters in Christ should see everyone as equals and not one race as superior. We should fight to change the mindsets of others so that African Americans and other races under discrimination do not fight alone. I truly believe we

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