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There seem to have been more and more challenges to Affirmative Action policies recently. People argue that making preferential decisions based on skin color is unconstitutional. Others argue that the way to overcome discrimination is not to selectively discriminate the other way. These arguments are sound, of course, but I also empathize with the intent of policies like Affirmative Action.

Large percentages of blacks have moved from lower income brackets into upper and middle-class income levels over the past few decades. An interesting question, I think, is whether that is a direct result of quota policies, or whether social and economic equality across races would have taken place sooner without them. I tend to think not. I think such policies have actually been quite effective in leveling out opportunity.

However, I wonder when such policies will be phased out. Because, as a society, we do actually want to get to a point where we don't need such policies, right? Well, as far as I know, there is no objective benchmark. We seem to just be playing it by ear.

I suppose actually that there are enough forces to eventually rule against quota policies, but how do we know if they were eliminated at the proper time, whether they are still needed, or whether they were a lingering entitlement that dragged on far beyond its usefulness?

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