A lot of you are missing a common situation in which AA-laws make it pretty difficult for a white male to get ahead: landing that first post-college ‘real’ job.
While it’s not a life-crushing, “the Man’s holding me down!” sort of situation, it’s pretty tough when, all else being equal, large employers would rather not hire a white male. It’s not as if white males can’t find ANY work, it’s just that they’re operating from a disadvantage due to ‘positive’ discrimination.
The kicker is that, for the vast majority of straight-out-of-college job hunters, all else IS practically equal. Most everybody’s got a college diploma, a good-but-not-great GPA, and a little bit of rinky-dink experience. And that’s it. Nobody has much, if any, significant past job experience to separate themselves from everybody else.
When everyone is practically equally qualified, large employers would rather hire women and minorities. And they do.
It’s a tough deal when you walk into the room, look around and see that seven out of 12 interviewees are women/minorities and that you need to BEAT all of them just to have a shot. You can’t just match them, or they’ll get the offer. There are two slots available, and you’re starting off in eighth place at best.
I’m fully aware that women and minorities in the past experienced this exact same situation, and perhaps it’s ‘fair’, from a broader perspective, to let them have a go in which they get the poll position advantage. But that doesn’t make the pill any easier to swallow.