Why should one wish to increase representation of under-represented group? [closed]

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Perhaps an obvious question, but I can't give a precise answer. Exactly, why the idea of AA to increase the representation of minority group through methods is gaining prominence in recent times(*)? I mean, what reasons should motivate a society to increase representation of minority groups through methods like affirmative action?


Some thoughts I've had:

I thought about the "fairness" argument, but if we really get to the meat of it, we are all fundamentally different. The manifestation of race based differences are due to the different genes in people and the environment they grew up in. Taking the idea of affirmative action to the logical extreme, wouldn't society in the future have AA based on literally what genes a person has? This seems a bit absurd to me.

On this track, would we be compromising the quality of the candidates in the upper position as in attempts to give equivalent gene reservation, wouldn't we push those with worser genes ( chance for disease, lower cognitive ability) into upper position.

Eg: Let's say for example, would we also give people with some rare disease genes reservation benefits/ AA benefits so that they can also be represented in the system.

Note: I do 'feel' AA as a whole is a good thing, the issue is when we try to properly try to define concepts relating to it, and the edges of it's meaning.


Related:

Does Affirmative action really help in reducing inequality?

The following is linked since usually these underrepresented groups own lesser amount of wealth in the country:

Correlation between wealth and Academic performance?

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