Affirmative Action In To Kill A Mockingbird
When you are a different type of person entering a unusual
situation, reactions are very different. In Harper Lee's
novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout go to the Negro
church with their maid Calpurnia. They were treated very
well from most of the Negroes, there were some that were
slightly upset that they were there, but for the most part
they were treated extremely well. Most of the Negroes felt
that they were inferior to the white children, or most '
did not want to protest fearing that they may be hunted
down. The kids felt a little weird about coming into such a
unusual situation, and would have left if not for
Calpurnia. This is like affirmative action except in
reverse. Instead of helping other colored people to gain
jobs, it helped the white children in a Negro church.
Affirmative action was useful many years ago, when colored
people could not get jobs because of racism. But in the
times of the nineties people have learned about racism and
how to prevent it, many colored people are in high jobs and
are not discriminated against. But now, instead of colored
people being discriminated against, white people are. In a
time of equality, people should be considered equal. People
should be judged on their experience and skill, not the
color of their skin. Now instead of jobs seeking the better
applicant, they seek to make their quotas of colored people
they hire. It is not right for the people who have to work
with them, the employer, or the person being rejected. Now
workers have to compensate for a persons ill experience and
have to teach them. The employer could have had a better
worker but has to make due with a mediocre one to make the
quota. And the rejected worker still has to go find a job.
Even though he or she had the necessary qualifications. Is
it fair to discriminate against the white people? Shouldn't
it be a level playing field void of skin color? Affirmative
action is just racism placed in a more positive manner.
Instead of people not hiring someone because they are
black, they are not hiring someone because they are white.
Affirmative action is just plain reverse discrimination.
Affirmative action should be abandoned, and a level playing
field should be established. People should be chosen for
their skill, experience, and qualifications.