Should Affirmative Action exist?

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In the US, affirmative action policies should exist but only in a limited capacity. Use them as a means for admissions or HR personnel to understand an applicant's accomplishments in light of any obstacles or challenges they may have faced due to their race or sex. Things like race or gender should only be considered if they can be definitively shown by the applicant to have been a clear disadvantage at some point in their lives, compared to applicants who didn't face similar extenuating circumstances. Right now they're applied way too liberally.
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It's not needed and it's totally outdated. It just gives special treatment to people who don't need it anymore. It promotes racism and undermines the idea that race doesn't matter when you're deciding if an applicant is qualified. It's ridiculous that it wasn't abolished decades ago!

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