by wpengine on March 4, 2009
Discuss this oxymoron in the comments below.
My understanding of an oxymoron is: a phrase that is viable, but when taken separately, the words are contradictory. How are the words “affirmative” and “action” contradictory? Whom ever put this on the list probably disagrees with Affirmative action, but that doesn't make it an oxymoron.
Kinda like military intelligence….those two words don't contradict each other either but for the most part, is the military really intelligent?
Oh yeah, forgot to mention the fact that affirmative action really hasn't been all that successful but neither has the post office.
Affirmative action started 400 years ago, when many rights and privileges were reserved exclusively for white people – who now oppose modern affirmative action designed to redress that imbalance. (There’s yer oxymoron…)
I agree with Jade. I do not see how the words themselves contradict each other. Since “Affirmative” means positive or favorable and “action” means doing something, doesn’t that connote doing something positive? So, the word “affirmative” describes the tone of the “action”, but does not contradict the action.
people, people, its called a *joke
I believe what selekteizely has highlighted is irony.
I get it, let’s give someone an unfair advantage based on skin color
Agreeing with Jade. Disagreement with the political policy does not make the turn of phrase an oxymoron.
Um, if you’re referring to slavery, it wouldn’t have been possible without African tribes, who sold other African tribes to Europeans. Why on Earth should we redress all blacks today when some may be descended from slave traders?
Slavery continues today, not that you’ll hear much about it on MSNBC. Seems to me blacks’ problems today are largely self-inflicted: abortion, chauvinism (successful people are “too white”), crime, and drugs.
Spikeman, we live in a world where White people safe given an advantage. People can become offended by affirmative action because it contradicts what we were all taught: if you do good, and do what right, you’ll be rewarded. There are a lot of other variables to count for, and affirmative action tries to create an equal playing field by standardizing the interview process, sharing job opening to a diverse community, and choosing a qualified person.
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