This political cartoon depicts one of the arguments against affirmative action. Many argue that affirmative action policies, though well intentioned, discredit minority achievement. Just as the cartoon boy would not be allowed into college without the hight boost of the “racial preferences” shoes, so does affirmative action aid those that fall short of the required qualifications. In turn, those minorities that are “tall enough” and have earned opportunities without the help of affirmative action are written off as a product of the opportunities that the policies create.
“You Must Be This Tall,” Mike Lester, The Rome News-Tribune, June 24, 2003.