Do you think businesses should be able to hire whomever they want based on whatever qualifications they are looking for? With things like Affirmative Action, companies are forced to hire people based on qualifications that have nothing to do with how well they will do the given job. Race, gender, etc are taken into account in an effort to make things "fair". When it comes down to it, how fair is it when somebody who is over qualified for a job is turned down, while somebody who is under qualified is hired, based on his or her race or gender? Wouldn't it be fair to also say that the person who was NOT hired (who was qualified) was turned down due to his race or gender, and the fact that the company has too many of said race/gender already? How is Affirmative Action not racist/sexist/whatever in itself? Sure it gives one group a better chance of getting a job, for whatever reasons (none having to do with their expected performance in their position), but it also denies somebody else the same job based on the same thing Affirmative Action is trying to get rid of. Race, sex, religion, or whatever. Thoughts?