I've also noticed throughout my high school career that the minorities got special privileges and advantages when it came to the college application process. Affirmative Action and other government policies/funding helped primarily students of a certain race. Is this not racism? If anything, the minorities should be appalled with these special initiatives. Basically, the government is saying minority students are not good enough.. not smart enough.. not 'white enough', and thus need special treatment from the government. This is complete bull crap, and is fueling racial tensions. Colleges should not have a goal for 'racial diversity', but should instead admit the students that are best qualified.
Affirmative action is a double-edged sword, and it cuts people on both sides. On the one hand, yes, it's basically legislated racism against the majority, which inspires some resentment. On the other, it does ensure that some portion of the, as I've mentioned a few times, traditionally underclassed and therefore underprivileged class is able to acquire the same higher education as the more privileged class, which is great as a lot of them deserve it. America's privilege tends to lie with the white population (to be fair: there are whites who are poor and there are non-whites who are wealthy). Also, Aff. Action was established at a time when racism was still very much a problem in this country. It may still be in certain areas; I know my own experiences have been quite sheltered from the African American community at least (due to low AA population here; on the other hand, there are a large number of Asians and Indians here, but then again, they haven't had the same problems as the AAs have).
[edit: forgot about this bit] I do agree that enforcing racial diversity is a dead weight to carry around. But a lot of those problems are probably regional as well. It's sad that racial walls in the US (and possibly elsewhere) still exist to the point that companies bring up how much their hiring process considered racial background. One might have expected that we'd reach a level of racial equality after so many decades that a true meritocracy might dominate the hiring process. Alas, that time is yet to come... Then again, maybe it has occurred, but companies are just going on and on about the racial issue even though they are hiring solely based on merit. I don't know how HR departments make their decisions so I can't say for sure one way or the other, but the first half of this paragraph is the perspective I get.