>Well, you asked "Who is the person who thinks >affirmative action is a good idea and has the power to >see it done in American schools?" > >I don't recall even suggesting that I like my answer. >But it *is* the answer to your question. > >Or do you have a better answer?
I do not think you gave an answer, which is why I replied with a joke. You implied that affirmative action exists because a majority of Americans want it. You cannot support that assertion.
You make a basic mistake. You seem to think that every law---enacted by elected officials, of course---necessarily has the support of a majority of the population or, at least, a majority of the electorate. This is demonstrably false.
In other words, you have a naive view of how law is made in the U.S. (or in any democracy). Does the concept "Special Interest" mean anything to you?
Do not waste your time debating this issue with me. As a professor at a college, you are in an especially advantageous position. Take a walk down the hall and pay a visit to a political scientist, or invite one to coffee, and put the question to him. I feel sure that I speak for everyone at Math-Teach when I say that we would love to receive your report.