Affirmative Action a White Thing Before a Black Thing. Affirmative Action was a White thing long before it was a Black and minority thing. Government assistance and programs and education, benefits in the work place was available only to Whites. Affirmative Action for Whites is what led to Affirmation Action for minorities. Discrimination led to Affirmative Action. There were never welfare act designed especially for minorities to give then a hand ups but it was available to Whites. Affirmative action keep upper class out of the military and put minorities on the front lines. Especially in the Vietnam war. Vietnam Reader. Affirmative Action let Whites into the Air Force and Navy and put minorities in the army. Romneys grand father returning here from Mexico with his wives and children were recipients of a Affirmative Action welfare act designed especially for them and other returning Mormons with their wives and children. Affirmative Action was designed to help Whites in welfare, education and in the work force long before it helped minorities. And it led to Affirmative Action for minorities because the system was not an equal opportunity for all. ps Obama/Biden got to get down and dirty where Romney/Ryan is.