Affirmative action elicits bias in pro-equality Caucasians

Jul 25, 2014

New research from Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business indicates that bias towards the effects of affirmative action exists in not only people opposed to it, but also in those who strongly endorse equality.

The study found that while Caucasians who are against show bias towards whites, those with ideological beliefs in favour of it are actually biased against their own race.

The paper, What makes Affirmative Action-based hiring decisions seem (un)fair? A test of an ideological explanation for fairness judgments, was co-authored by Brent McFerran (SFU Beedie School of Business), Jun Gu (Monash University), Karl Aquino (University of British Columbia), and Tai Gyu Kim (Korea University).

It was published in the July 2014 edition of the Journal of Organizational Behaviour.

The researchers studied the reactions of nearly 1,000 Caucasians to a situation where a less qualified African-American candidate was hired over an Asian or Caucasian candidate, both equally qualified.

In order to ensure the results were not dependent upon contextual circumstances, three varied job types were used in the experiment: a university professor, a police officer, and a sales representative.

The results show that Caucasians who were ideologically opposed to affirmative action judged the hiring decision as less fair when the Caucasian candidate was passed over in favour of a less qualified black candidate than when a qualified Asian candidate was rejected.

Surprisingly, however, the study also revealed that Caucasians who strongly endorsed affirmative action judged it less fair when the Asian candidate was passed over for the job than when the Caucasian was rejected.

"The research shows that whites' reaction to affirmative action is not solely based on the principles of meritocracy, but also on the adversely affected person's race and the evaluator's ideological beliefs," says McFerran.

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More information: Gu, J., McFerran, B., Aquino, K. and Kim, T. G. (2014), "What makes affirmative action-based hiring decisions seem (un)fair? A test of an ideological explanation for fairness judgments." J. Organiz. Behav., 35: 722–745. DOI: 10.1002/job.1927

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julianpenrod
1.4 / 5 (10) Jul 25, 2014
Similar to the phenomenon of "reverse discrimination", refusing qualified, even more qualified, individuals in favor of arbitrary but mandated "set asides". It is still unfair in that someone who likely worked harder should be dismissed in favor of someone who may have only drifted through. How interesting, though, that it involves whites essentially hating themselves. Not necessarily surprising, given the format of "history" in the public schools, that many malleable whites would end up only despising their race and preferring that some other race "made the cut". A tactic of the race war against the whites. Since whites are about 75 percent or higher of the population, you only need a fraction of the total white population to dislike themselves to have more individuals against white rights than in all the other races combined! Essentially a "fifth column" action.
powerup1
4.3 / 5 (6) Jul 25, 2014
A tactic of the race war against the whites. Since whites are about 75 percent or higher of the population, you only need a fraction of the total white population to dislike themselves to have more individuals against white rights than in all the other races combined! Essentially a "fifth column" action.


I hope that the eye-holes in your hood were large enough, so that they were not too much of an interference on your vision when you wrote this nonsense.
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (8) Jul 25, 2014
"The only sitting African-American justice and a member of the court's conservative wing, Thomas is the court's most notable critic of race as a factor in college admissions. Monday's opinion illustrates his longstanding opposition to affirmative action programs.

He has blamed Yale Law School's affirmative action program for making his degree worth "15 cents" and has said he had difficulty finding a job after graduation.

"I learned the hard way that a law degree from Yale meant one thing for white graduates and another for blacks, no matter how much anyone denied it,''"
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barakn
4.3 / 5 (6) Jul 25, 2014
Is that the same justice that thinks a corporation is a person and has some sort of psychological problem that prevents him from speaking alound in court? Who cares what he thinks, the man is an ass.
kochevnik
3 / 5 (4) Jul 25, 2014
Thomas? A complete Ayn Rand lunatic macking female subordinates to pass the time
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (4) Jul 25, 2014
Is that the same justice that thinks a corporation is a person and has some sort of psychological problem that prevents him from speaking alound in court? Who cares what he thinks, the man is an ass.

Racist!
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (4) Jul 25, 2014
Thomas? A complete Ayn Rand lunatic macking female subordinates to pass the time

Racist!
Burnerjack
4 / 5 (4) Jul 25, 2014
When race is considered a viable factor influencing employment and/or education, that, by definition, is state sponsored, systemic racism. Only meritocracy will ensure the most qualified are accepted. White/Black/Asian/Male/Female/ LGBT, whatever. The best before the rest. This action would yield the most efficient result. If it were up to me, no names or reference to sex nor race would be allowed on applications of opportunity. Only experience, education scores, etc. would be allowed. The problem then moves towards the subjectivity/objectivity of the interviewer. To resolve this, an appeal process to explain the results, if necessary would be implemented. Fairness and efficiency should be the objective.
ThomasQuinn
not rated yet Jul 30, 2014
Is that the same justice that thinks a corporation is a person and has some sort of psychological problem that prevents him from speaking alound in court? Who cares what he thinks, the man is an ass.

Racist!


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