I hear complaints about "political correctness" and Affirmative Action all the time. And yet, I hear few complaints about legacy admissions and old boy networks that are the enduring systems of "affirmative action" for white men. The most famous beneficiary of those systems is the former President GW Bush. How many sheet metal workers, or their children, could get into Harvard or Yale with a C average?
I knew a young man who graduated from Columbia with honors, and who was definitely not from a privileged background (father was a mentally ill Vietnam vet, mother was a Mexican cleaning lady), who always said that about a third of all the students at Columbia were there only because their parents could pay the tuition bill and pull strings. That story is probably true at most prestigious universities.
Until those old systems of entrenched privilege are eliminated from academic and professional life, complaints about "affirmative action" will continue to fall on my deaf ears.
No one chooses the circumstances into which they are born. The playing field of opportunity is not, and never was, level. As far as I am concerned, the only permissible discrimination is the self-selection of merit and character. Everything else is just so much arbitrary privilege. I think it's a safe bet that 3/4 of the world's ruling elite only won the lottery.