Mr. Connerly in his observation and views are, I would say a little one sided. Mr. Connerly used one set of views and very little actual evidence and statistical analysis in coming to his conclusion about affirmative action. The use of personal opinions is definitely present in his work. The part of a critical thinker in any debate is to take into context the disagreement at hand and analyze both sides, so that a common thread can be illuminated, and a compromise and solution be rendered. Mr. Connerly didn’t come close.
Mr. Connerly made light of the fact that Merit works are squelched in the process of Affirmative Action implementation, but gives no example of a disproportionate separation between the merits of minorities and none minorities. If there were such a case to be made there is definitely information ...view middle of the document...
This information must be factual and cover the scope of multiple views on the subject, and through careful analysis we can make an eventual right or wrong, left or right decision in what we support. Mr. Connerly made expressions about the plight of America if Affirmative Action persisted that were not supported by any factual evidence. His assertion that “We make goods and services more costly by awarding contracts to those who are not capable of doing the job, who bid more” (Connerly, 2012), is very one sided. This statement is easily proven wrong with simple research in the area of minority owned businesses’ revenue and reputation reports listed by the Better Business Bureau. We can easily find in many cities throughout the country where minority businesses developed city projects with very successful firms. This alone was not a very well thought out statement.
As I think about my own life experiences in the area of Affirmative Action, the arguments that are being made have some validity on both sides. The fact that racial discrimination is still alive and kicking strong in our country cannot be overlooked. The inner city schools that are under financed and overcrowded are a reality. These schools are majority minority and the property taxes of the surrounding community don’t provide much in the way of financial return to schools in the area. Teachers can’t teach in overcrowded class rooms with aged computers, software and many times there were no books. Being a product of inner city schools, there was a huge learning curve starting college, retention of information, and note taking skills were not covered. If Mr. Connerly would take into context a perspective other than his own and see Affirmative Action may have been the catalyst that put his parents in a better place to give him a better opportunity he may see things differently.
Boss, J., & Connerly, W. (2012) THINK, critical thinking and logic for everyday life (2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.