Affirmative action

Discuss this oxymoron in the comments below.


  • Jade

    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.

  • Mister Lutz

    Kinda like military intelligence….those two words don't contradict each other either but for the most part, is the military really intelligent?

  • Mister Lutz

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention the fact that affirmative action really hasn't been all that successful but neither has the post office.

  • Mister Lutz

    Kinda like military intelligence….those two words don't contradict each other either but for the most part, is the military really intelligent?

  • Mister Lutz

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention the fact that affirmative action really hasn't been all that successful but neither has the post office.

  • Selektwizely

    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…)

  • Linda

    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.

  • Gsdg

    people, people, its called a *joke

  • Eric80

    I believe what selekteizely has highlighted is irony.

  • spikeman

    I get it, let’s give someone an unfair advantage based on skin color

  • TonyTheToe

    Gallagher

  • KM

    Agreeing with Jade. Disagreement with the political policy does not make the turn of phrase an oxymoron.

  • Gregory Bennett

    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.

  • Charles Orgbon

    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.

  • Josh

    Affirmative action is a load of B.S. If it was possible to be racists towards Caucasian people, this would be it, but seemingly only white people are racist. How many Black scholarship programs are there that only African Americans are eligible for? If there where white only scholarships, everybody would be in an uproar. White people are the minorities now.

  • Semaj S.

    Are you black or African American? The answer to this question is important because how else could you speak on the black experience or problem second hand? Even if you were black you couldn’t speak for blacks as a whole, because America being the melting pot that it is there is just to much diversity to consider before making such a ignorant comment.

  • Gregory Bennett

    LOL. Which is it, melting pot or diversity?

  • Mmmmmm

    Affirmitive Action is about giving minorities a chance. Like a if your white trying to get into a chinese and indian dominated medical doctor program. Everyone is so obssessed with black people.