This applies not just to affirmative action, but racialism in general. It's not just never knowing why you were hired, it's never knowing whether any praise or criticism you receive is based on an honest assessment, or on the desire to make some sort of statement based on the color of your skin or the configuration of your genitalia. The combination of (potentially) unearned success and the constant reminders that some people (might) secretly hate you and want you to fail based on nothing you personally ever did add up to a destructive lack of feedback with regard to personal behaviors and habits. Good habits don't get rewarded, or sometimes even get punished. Bad habits definitely don't get punished, and when bad things happen racism is a much easier thing to blame than yourself.
When the market's ability to deliver feedback to someone is removed, they lose the ability to respond to the market -- and responding to the market is how people succeed economically.
Is it any wonder people who have reduced market feedback continue destructive behaviors?
If you want people to succeed, make sure you align the incentives to reward success.
This entry was published Wed Feb 11 09:01:31 CST 2015 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2015-02-11 09:01:31.0.