Affirmative Action Teaser–What do we value?

The good intentions of affirmative action policy have become counterproductive to the progress of society.  A decision must be made about the future of race relations
in our country.   Do we aspire to be a society that is truly equal of opportunity, regardless of race? I believe we do, but I deeply contest affirmative action’s ability to lead us there.

Many think that we should continue down our same path of atonement for the wrongdoings of generations past.  They contend that the use of racial discrimination in a “positive” way will allow targeted groups to feel as if justice has been done.  I challenge that this offers only the illusion of equality, not the ideal itself.  Our current path is beset with the same hurdles of racial and ethnic division as the road behind us.  The only hope of overcoming these obstacles is by altering our approach.  In doing so, we can ultimately reach racial equality.

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Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  If everyone lived by this montra, the world would change for the better.  It applies to so many aspects of our ailing society–

foreign policy: don’t go in without an exit plan

birthing rates: don’t have more children than you can support- both financially and emotionally

economy: don’t spend money you don’t have

obesity: literally, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

This would change society at large to a more self aware being that does not over-consume, over-spend, or over-extend.  Obvioiusly this does not speak directly to the developing nations that struggle to survive on a daily basis.  But I do believe that if people were generally less concerned with digging themselves out of various overwhelming situations, we’d be all together more inclined to help those in need.

Kellogg’s Kant Flakes- Paper 2

            Today’s top stories too often read like a who’s who of corporate thugs- BP spills oil into the Gulf due to a lapse in safety regulations, Enron robs thousands of its own employees of their retirement savings, Nike exploits cheap foreign labor.  These goliath companies err in ways that indirectly impact consumers around the globe.  Seldom do we ever celebrate those companies that choose the ethical path.  Aside from an annual list of ethically-sound organizations published by the Ethisphere Institute, little is known about the do-gooders of the business world. Of those companies acknowledged for their principles, Kellogg Company has been a constant fixture on the list.  Its sterling reputation is solidified through continued efforts to improve various relationships with its stakeholders.  Kellogg’s corporate actions are examined in order to understand Kantian categorical imperatives as something more than mere theoretical abstractions.

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Affirmative Action from a Business Perspective

It is safe to say that businesses want the best of the best when considering a pool of candidates for hire.  The goal of affirmative action is not to give positions to minorities that are not qualified for certain position.  That being said, the AA program does bring up discussion on what makes a person truly qualified for a job.  Obviously the general belief is that those candidates with good test scores and solid undergraduate GPAs are the best equipped to succeed in a professional setting.  However, there is debate over the value of “soft skills” and how the current education system is not designed to help those strong in this skillset to succeed.

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White Paper Topic Take 2: Affirmative Action– Government Policy

I plan on writing the white paper on affirmative action.  Whether it will be focused on college admissions, hiring quotas or both has yet to be determined.  After completing an informal debate on the subject last semester, I have been interested on the various opinions on the benefits or drawbacks of affirmative action policies.  Some say that it is counterproductive to America’s end goal of a color-blind nation.  Others reason that affirmative action is a stepping stone towards that goal in that it gives minorities the same opportunities as whites who do not face discrimination.

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Eggo not Ego

For over a century, Kellogg has provided us with wholesome cereals, snacks, and frozen foods.  Some of its most well-known brands include Rice Krispies, Fruit Loops, Special K, Pop Tarts, Eggo, Cheez-Its, Nutrigrain, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

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Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

Up front I want to admit my bias.  I come from a family of smokers.  Some are casual-after-dinner-watching-the-news-with-a-glass-of-wine kind of smokers. And others are soot-embedded-into-the-felt-roof-above-the-driver’s-side-window-of-their-Ford-Dynasty kind of smokers. Because of this rich and fascinating culture from whence I was spawned, I have an acute sense of the unjust when it comes to smokers’ rights.

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