South Africa Flag logo

South African Skeptics

July 16, 2020, 06:51:01 AM
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
Go to mobile page.
News: Please read the forum rules before posting.
   Skeptic Forum Board Index   Help Forum Rules Search GoogleTagged Login Register Chat Blogroll  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
Author Topic:

Do SA still need affirmative action?

 (Read 2037 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Hero Member

Skeptical ability: +9/-3
Offline Offline

Posts: 1107

« on: May 30, 2007, 12:39:54 PM »

Three very different viewpoints:
SA still needs affirmative action
We dare not erase 'race' from debate
'Race' is a bankrupt concept

Defollyant Iconoclast
Hero Member

Skeptical ability: +64/-9
Offline Offline

Posts: 3784

In solidarity with rwenzori: Κοπρος φανεται

« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 13:22:29 PM »

The problem with AA, as with so many other things, is in its practical application, rather than in its principles or objectives.  The original formulation of AA when it first surfaced in the USA some years ago can be summarised thus: given two candidates for employment who have comparable relevant qualifications and experience, preference should be given to the candidate who comes from a previously disadvantaged social group.

The salient points are "comparable relevant qualifications and experience" and "preference."  That's all.

Unfortunately, this guideline is in practice perverted to mean the meeting of racial and/or gender quotas at just about any cost, a striving that is compounded by the fact that certain professions and activities are disproportionately represented in different social or demographic groups.  Consequently, the dictum of "the best person for the job" often takes a back seat.  How many male cashiers are employed at your local Hypermarket?  How many female bus drivers do you know of?

Of course, the whole AA thing is a very delicate balancing act.  No or only weakly policed AA will mean that a number of employment trends will prolong social inequalities, while too emphatic an aproach can lead to economic trouble if underskilled or inexperienced employees exceed their abilities.  All in all, I think AA is a good thing, though it is perhaps too vigorously applied in certain sectors.  For example, (and this is hearsay) one hears that SAPS and SANDF each have an unwritten and indefinite moratorium on employing whites.  Ditto a certain large SA corporation.

« Last Edit: May 30, 2007, 13:24:34 PM by Anacoluthon64 » Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up

Jump to:  

Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
Page created in 0.234 seconds with 23 sceptic queries.
Google visited last this page February 26, 2019, 10:58:37 AM
Privacy Policy