It's isn't discrimination based solely on race. Race is just 1 factor. Folks typically focus on the racial aspect of AA, and especially associate AA with Blacks. - Going by raw numbers, more Whites get AA than Blacks and Native Americans combined. - Women get AA. And as such White women are the majority of AA recipients. Some White guys even have their business under a female family member, to make use of AA. - Hispanics get AA. There are more Hispanics in the US than Blacks. A large % of Hispanics are White or self-identify as White. Prior to the 1970s, the US census classified Hispanics as White. All these Hispanics, are eligible for Affirmative Action : Cameron Diaz, Desi Arnaz (co-lead actor of the classic sitcom I love Lucy), Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan Labyrinth , Shape of Water), Giselle Bundchen (German ancestry Brazilian supermodel and Tom Brady's wife), Geraldo Riviera (talk show host, Jewish Cuban) former President of Mexico Vicente Fox would be eligible for AA if he moved to the US. 2nd or 3rd richest man in the world Carlos Slim (Mexican of Lebanese ancestry) would be eligible for AA if he moved to the US. He owns a substantial stake of the NYT. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is Jewish Hispanic There are tons of everyday Hispanics who look like Southern Europeans , and many that look Northern Europeans. A White male does get Affirmative Action, if he can claim Hispanic cultural background. Both @Rod1 and @ElKarlo are Hispanic posters who are White.