This Article addresses the theme "Affirmative Action: Where do we go from here?" by attempting to unpack affirmative action and a few principles and rationales that have left us with little more than a snapshot. Part I discusses the distortions related to "critical mass" and race. Part II discusses the relationship between decision-making and the unconscious. Part III touches on racialized U.S. space. Part IV, briefly discusses situatedness 6 and examples of efforts to navigate it. Finally, in Part V, I conclude with a few final thoughts about racial polarization in today's society.