"The Great White Myth" by Anna Quindlen (column, Jan. 15) misses the target on affirmative action in the workplace. Clearly, she lacks the firsthand experience of those who have lived with goals and timetables, supported their intent and witnessed the consequences. I have been involved with affirmative action as an executive and a consultant.

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"The careless and undocumented assertion that quotas result from goals and timetables has no basis in fact. The bill's author has not even tried to meet the burden of demonstrating the extent of abuse. He cites no statistical evidence. The usua l anecdotal evidence is unpersuasive, especially when measured against the countless millions of instances of legitimate and systematic use of affirmative action in the workplace and the great strides women and minorities have made only as a result of str ong affirmative action."

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1. Breaking Through: The Troubled Origins of Affirmative Action in the Workplace According to Wodtke, there could be a couple of reasons why more educated blacks and Hispanics are no more likely to support affirmative action in the workplace than are their less educated peers. “One possibility is that affirmative action programs may have the unintended effect of stigmatizing people who have benefited from them,” Wodtke said. “As a result of this stigmatization, people who have seemingly benefitted from affirmative action may just lose faith in the efficacy of these programs to overcome racial discrimination in the labor market.”

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Wodtke’s study finds that while being better educated does not increase the likelihood that whites and minorities approve of affirmative action in the workplace, it does increase the probability that they support race-targeted job training. “The distinction between those two policies is that one is opportunity enhancing and the other is outcome equalizing,” Wodtke said. “I think that some of the values that are promoted through education, such as individualism and meritocracy, are just much more consistent with opportunity enhancing policies like job training than they are with redistributive or outcome equalizing policies like affirmative action.”

What Is an Advantage of Affirmative Action in the Workplace? - Woman

There is a chance the ruling, regarding the case of a student denied admission to the university, will undercut the legality of affirmative action programs beyond the education realm. But because affirmative action isn't being directly challenged, both the outcome and significance are unclear. In fact, the ruling of this case could have no effect on affirmative action in the workplace at all.Thus, preferential affirmative action in the workplace served thesame rationale as the non-preferential sort. Its purpose wasnot to compensate for past wrongs, offset unfair advantage,appropriately reward the deserving, or yield a varietyof social goods; its purpose was to change institutions so they couldcomply with the nondiscrimination mandate of the Civil Rights Act.