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Affirmative Action Policies - The past few days the human resources department has been discussing the importance of implementing an affirmative action policy to assist in assuring that the company complies with equal employment opportunity laws. The department has decided that the best action is to contact the members of the board of directors. The Federal Government has passed several laws to prevent employment discrimination, and not complying with these laws can cause serious consequences. The purpose of equal employment opportunity laws are to assist in allowing the fair and nonbiased treatment of individuals in all aspects of employment (Bohlander & Snell, 2007)....   [tags: Business Management ]
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Affirmative Action in the Admissions Process at Universities - Why do colleges ask for “race” when filling out an application. Does it really matter. It may seem like a simple question, but it is not. There has been a great deal of controversy over this question and other similar ones. Giving certain groups of people a competitive edge when they apply for schools and jobs is known as affirmative action. There are people who are directly opposed to it and those that support it completely. More often however, people agree with certain aspects of affirmative action and disagree with others....   [tags: college, discrimination, quota system]
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There Is No Such Thing as Fair Discrimination - Affirmative action is a method that tries to end discrimination, to bring diversity, and most importantly, to correct America’s historical racism and misdemeanor towards the minority--by giving a preferential treatment or boost towards the marginalized people in admissions to universities or employments. From former President Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925, the first use of the phrase, to Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, supreme court case that set the boundaries of affirmative action, affirmative action’s idea of expanding equality has become an issue continually commended and criticize....   [tags: affirmative action, ]
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Affirmative Action Program - Racism, a morally wrong idea that has been combated in numerous ways by many first world governments. When observing the laws used to combat it, one must observe the consequences of such actions. Even though these laws have no intent to harm a “socioeconomic disadvantaged class,” they may discriminate against a different socioeconomic class. One of these laws, or programs, is the Affirmative Action Program, put into effect when “President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order to unite the workforces on projects without regard to race, creed, color or national origin” (Finkelman, 2004)....   [tags: racism, sexism, skin color]
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Exploring Affirmative Action as a Societal Issue - The policy of affirmative action was created to promote equal opportunity in the workfield, however the policy has its own issues as it has produced lots of controversies since its inception. In particular, opponents of Affirmative action argues against the real effects of affirmative action and skeptical whether societal disparities in employment opportunities and incomes were simply the outcome of socioeconomic labelling, hence the effectiveness of affirmative action to address the disparities was also brought into questioning....   [tags: Positive Discrimination, Moral Argument]
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Affirmative Action is past its prime - Affirmative Action is past its Prime It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since Executive Order 11246 was signed, putting affirmative action into effect. And most would agree, that the program’s time is running out. Signed by President Johnson in 1965, Affirmative Action demands that minorities have an equal opportunity and advantages in the hiring process. Given that the program was created to combat years of minority discrimination and repression during the onset of the United States, many of these attitudes have changed with the times....   [tags: Minorities, Equality, Advantages] 1153 words
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Affirmative Action Laws - All men are created equal. All men are born with the same unalienable rights, those which cannot be given or taken away. Because of this, it is apparent that one man has no more rights than another, but earned privileges. If a man works forty years of his life in a factory and can feed his family with the money he earns is that a right because he is Caucasian. If a Hispanic man does not work, and cannot feed his family is that unfair treatment. Affirmative Action Laws should be eliminated because they discriminate the Caucasian majority, contradict the Civil Rights Act, and oppose the Bible....   [tags: Civil Rights]
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Civil Rights Law and Affirmative Action - “The term “affirmative action” was first introduced by President Kennedy in 1961 as a method of redressing discrimination that had persisted in spite of Civil Rights Laws and constitutional guarantees” (Brunner and Rowen, “A History and Timeline of Affirmative Action”). Then on September 24, 1965, affirmative action was enforced for the first time. “Issued by President Johnson, the executive order requires government contractors to “take affirmative action” toward prospective minority employees in all aspects of hiring and employment” (Brunner and Rowen, “Timeline of Affirmative Action Milestones” )....   [tags: president, kennedy, minorities]
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Affirmative Action in Fairyland Diamond Company - The dwarves would be the winners when suing for reverse discrimination. Affirmative action helps majority African American population who do not work at Fairyland Diamond Company but harms the minority of the dwarfs that work at the company. This seems absurd. In order for racial discrimination to be allowed, a company must find a bon fide occupational qualification for their worker that prevents certain people from working there. Also there must be compelling state interest for government to establish or allow an affirmative action policy in the workplace....   [tags: Racial Discrimination, Minorities] 964 words
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Affirmative Action: A Cost-Benefit Analysis - Affirmative action, an idea which began in the 1930s but truly kicked off in the 1960s, consists of a wide variety of programs meant to help level the playing field in both universities and the workplace by making race and gender a consideration in the selection process. While supporters believe affirmative action must stay an active policy so that the United States can continue to strive for proportional equality in higher level jobs and education, opponents argue positions should be awarded on an individual basis based on merit alone....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Why Affirmative Action Should Be Eliminated - Imagine waking up tomorrow and reading in the local paper that the government was giving tax breaks to minorities in order to prevent discrimination. Congress insists that the deductions will “help level the playing field” in American society, claiming that diversity is necessary in creating an ideal nation, but is this attempt to prevent disparities and racism not an act of inequality in itself. By putting this policy into place, the government is giving advantages to minorities without showing the same generosity to Caucasians of the same economic backgrounds....   [tags: Minority Backgrounds, Student Performance]
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Affirmative Action Helps Disadvantaged Minorities - Affirmative action is a set of policies put in place to give preferential treatment to certain subgroups such as disadvantaged minorities. For example, African Americans such as Cedric Jennings could gain access to a college even if they are slightly less qualified than a normal candidate under affirmative action. Affirmative action could also be considered a form of stratification in which we create systematic inequalities within groups of people as an intended purpose. Equality and opportunity has been debated constantly in our country over what would be the fairest for everyone despite our race or class....   [tags: race, upper class, middle class, poor or lower cla] 1398 words
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Affirmitive Action is Great - Table of Contents 1) Introduction 2) Public Support 3) White’s lose out. 4) Advancement 5) Discrimination 6) Self-Esteem 7) Social Engineering 8) Equal Opportunities 9) Progress 10) Color Blind 11) Preferential Selection 12) Conclusion 13) Bibliography Introduction Affirmative action is one of the most widely debated social policies ever brought about by the American government. The biggest problems facing affirmative action and its constituents are the attitudes of its opposition....   [tags: Affirmative Action Essays] 3171 words
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Affirmative Action Is the Wrong Action - Affirmative Action Is the Wrong Action The United States of America has long been a country divided by race. Hate has pervaded her existence since her conception, and now today’s society is forced to deal with those issues. Minorities have suffered at the hands of the white male majority for centuries as the social activities of the old war were brought to the new colonies, only to ferment and continue to affect the lives of all who lived within her borders. There is no doubting that this continued discrimination is a problem; however, the question arises with how to deal with it....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Is Diversity The Solution to Affirmative Action? - IS DIVERSITY THE SOLUTION TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Equal employment practices, in many organizations, have been established through affirmative action programs. These programs were created by government mandate to create a fair and non-discriminatory working environment in organizations. The need for affirmative action was recognized as early as the 1940’s, as a concept, based on the racial diversity of our country. The goal was the redistribution of opportunities on the basis of race. Now as we approach the 21st century, affirmative action seems to be a dying issue, legally and otherwise....   [tags: Equality Racial Papers]
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The Pros and Cons of Affirmative Action -      Affirmative action has been the topic of debate for many years. It has been controversial because it has been said to be a form of reverse discrimination. This paper will discuss the purpose behind affirmative action, as well as, its various strengths and weaknesses. Also, this paper will look at the following issues surrounding affirmative action such as the incompetency myth ( are companies hiring less qualified people?), the impact on employment (what has changed in the work place?), the impact on women (how have their lives changed?) and the impact on employment law (what documents back up affirmative action?)....   [tags: Pro Con Essays]
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The Importance of Affirmative Action in America - The Importance of Affirmative Action in America Affirmative action is a much debated topic based on the efforts of our government to overcome prejudicial treatment through inclusion. Affirmative action is a way of helping minorities in our country get jobs and avoid racial injustice. Many large companies have increased their employment of minorities after adopting these policies (Plous). Despite the efforts of affirmative action today, women still only earn 76 cents for every dollar earned by males....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 861 words
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The Right Reaction to Affirmative Action - The Right Reaction to Affirmative Action As much as we would like to forget it, racial and gender disparity has been a part of our history since America was young. Racial disparity is still very evident in American society today as illustrated by continued racial discrimination and remaining signs of societal segregation. One of the key issues that arise when regarding affirmative action is whether or not affirmative action fairly promotes equality and atones for past prejudices. Another concern is whether the current affirmative action policy is the right policy to use....   [tags: Inequality Equality Minorities Papers]
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History and Importance of Affirmative Action - The focus of this paper is on the history of affirmative action and its relevance to our society. Affirmative action focuses on the importance of equality and equal opportunity among all people in terms of education and employment. In coordination with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunities Act of 1972, the affirmative action policy was submitted by federal agencies. Is it not true that ethnic minorities do not have the same opportunities in life as whites, and that women should be entitled to the same opportunities as men....   [tags: Discrimination] 1276 words
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Affirmative Action is NOT Reverse Discrimination - Affirmative action is not the source of discrimination, but the vehicle for removing the effects of discrimination. The Labor Department report found less than 100 reverse discrimination cases among more than 3,000 discrimination opinions by the U.S. District Court and the Court of Appeal between 1990 and 1994. Discrimination was established in only six cases. The report found that, “Many of the cases were the result of a disappointed applicant…. erroneously assuming that when a woman or minority got the job, it was because of race or sex, not qualifications.”(SF Chronicle, March 31, 1995) Job discrimination is grounded in prejudice and exclusion, whereas affirmative action is an effort to...   [tags: essays research papers] 2095 words
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The Continuing Importance of Affirmative Action - The Continuing Importance of Affirmative Action   Affirmative action is about to take quite a beating. Prominent Republicans from Phil Gramm to Pete Wilson to Bob Dole all plan on making the attack on affirmative action a central plank of their campaign rhetoric. The Clinton administration, perhaps trying to stem the attack before it begins, recently announced that it would reevaluate the merit of all affirmative action programs. And many of those to the left of Clinton oppose affirmative action--albeit probably for different reasons than those to his right....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1286 words
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The Many Benefits of Affirmative Action - The Benefits of Affirmative Action      Affirmative action has helped the income, promotion and labor force participation rates of both women and minorities. For example, between 1982 and 1995, the percentage of female managers and professionals in the U.S. rose from 40.5 to 48.0 percent; blacks from 5.5 to 7.5 percent, and Hispanics from 5.2 to 7.6 percent. By comparison, these groups form 51.2 percent, 12.6 percent, and 10.2 percent of the population, respectively. Progress has been steady, but still incomplete....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Pros and Cons of Affirmative Action - Over the course of the recent past, universities across the U.S. have been faced with decisions on admissions. What was once popular, affirmative action, is now fading with a long past of problems, and new programs are entering into the picture. The University of Dayton and many others are taking actions to improve the standards of their students, regardless of race and background. These new concepts are reflecting higher academic progress, and increase in prestige and national reputation....   [tags: Pro Con Essays]
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Affirmative Action is Harmful to Society -       In the controversial realms of affirmative action, the largest issue staunchly fought over is whether minorities should be given preferential treatment in the workplace and in the schools. One side declares that those in the minority group need and deserve governmental aid so that they will be on equal footing with the majority group. Opponents of affirmative action point out that setting apart groups based on their race or ethnicity is purely racism and can lead to reverse discrimination....   [tags: Synthesis Essays, Argumentative Essays]
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The Negative Consequences of Affirmative Action - The Negative Consequences of Affirmative Action For the past thirty years, affirmative action has been an integral part of the admissions policy at the University of California. However, successful challenges in the U. S. Court system have recently scrutinized the morality and legality of affirmative action practices. As a result, many institutions of higher learning are revising their present policies. One such change was recently initiated at the University of California when the Board of Regents voted to abolish the use of affirmative action in their admissions policy....   [tags: Racism Admissions Education Essays]
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The Negative Side of Affirmative Action - The Negative Side of Affirmative Action Affirmative Action…Is it positive or negative. “Remembering the Negative Side of Affirmative Action,” a reflection of the graduate college life and experience of Lisa Chavez, a Mexican American, is a strong article of the negative aspects of affirmative action. Published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2002, the article provides a somewhat modern approach or view to the controversial issue. Chavez’s article addresses her own personal experience of teaching a class filled with affirmative actions students, brought in from previous- offender’s programs....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Time to End Affirmative Action - The Time to End Affirmative Action Today we live in America in the 21st Century. We have witnessed dreams come true brought from our new science and technology. We have created engineering wonders and medical miracles that blur the line between life and death. It is truly a fantastic time and place to live and we are. However, in this "land of the free" and "home of the brave" that was founded on the premise set forth from our founding fathers in the birth cry of our nation, Declaration of Independence, that "All men are created equal", our legislation does not reflect that....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 1783 words
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Affirmative Action is Not Reverse Discrimination - Affirmative Action is Not Reverse Discrimination Affirmative Action is not meant to help blacks because of the color of their skin, but because they deserve compensation for past and continuing injustices. Opponents may criticize the wisdom of how this compensation is meted out, but they cannot question the principle of compensatory damages, which enjoys a long tradition in our society. To many opponents of affirmative action, a color-blind society should not discriminate at hiring time on the basis of color, sex, etc....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1284 words
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Benefits of Affirmative Action Programs - Benefits of Affirmative Action Programs The purpose behind affirmative action programs during the admissions process of universities is to promote equal opportunity, and to further desegregate our educational system. Those who do not promote affirmative action feel that these programs instill reverse discrimination, as well as segregation in the universities. They believe that these special programs lower the test scores of prestigious universities while also setting up minorities to fail in the real world....   [tags: Papers] 1173 words
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Extent of affirmative action violating the equal protection clause - Debate has been firm, and there has been major controversy surrounding affirmative action since its introduction. Affirmative action was first established by President John F. Kennedy on March 6, 1961(WM. Bradford Reynolds,1992,p.39). Controversy surrounding affirmative action is due to its questioning of constitutionality. Affirmative action conflicts with the equal protection clause. The debate is whether Affirmative action (provides opportunities to excluded groups over other groups) conflicts with the equal protection clause (requires all individuals to be treated equally under the law in the same jurisdiction)....   [tags: Constitutionality, Discrimination]
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Affirmative Action to Reverse Discrimination - Affirmative Action to Reverse Discrimination Question at Issue Affirmative action was implemented with the idea and hope that America would finally become truly equal. The tension of the 1960's civil rights movement had made it very clear, that the nation's minority and female population were not receiving equal social and economic opportunity. The implementation of affirmative action was America's first honest attempt at solving a problem, it had previously chose to ignore. However, there are many people that don't see affirmative action as a positive solution to this major societal problem of racial inequality....   [tags: Papers] 2445 words
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Arguments for and Against Affirmative Action - Every year at the same time, thousands of students face the same difficult decision: What college should I attend. Consider two young men both of the highest intellectual capacity and deserving of admission into the nation's most prestigious institution. Steven, high school All American, student body President, and leader of the debate team, hopes to be admitted to the university of his dreams. Christopher, most valuable player in the high school division and aspiring NBA athlete, wants to attend college with students of the same caliber....   [tags: Informative Essay] 900 words
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Affirmative Action is Racial Discrimination - Affirmative Action as Racial Discrimination The controversy over affirmative action is growing to embody most all selective decisions in American society. From public protection to college admissions, people are becoming resentful of such affirmative action programs. The applicability of these programs in today's American society has been challenged by people ranging from the everyday "Joe", who is finding reverse discrimination in the workplace, to college applicants, who are finding that it takes more than good grades to get admitted, to the Supreme Court, who is finding that some college admissions policies are unconstitutional and promote diversity through unfair means....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Affirmative Action, A Social Issue - Affirmative Action, A Social Issue The black rights and women’s rights movements of the 1960’s fought against injustice and discrimination that had been suffered by minorities for years (Hudson). In response, President Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925 in 1961, creating a Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and mandating that projects financed by federal funding would “take affirmative action” to ensure that hiring and employment practices were free of racial bias (Hudson). Two more executive orders in 1965 and 1968 prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and gender, giving the federal government the power to enforce this prohibition (H...   [tags: Inequality Equality Minorities Papers]
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Affirmative Action: a Permanent Approach - Affirmative Action: a Permanent Approach One of the hottest debates in recent history has been the validity of a Civil Rights policy called affirmative action. The policy proposes “preferential treatment” to certain groups based on their minority status, giving them an advantage in job employment and some areas of education. The question asked most often is whether it is constitutional to give advantages to certain groups, excluding some, based solely on their race or ethnicity. It is up to our legal system to use “strict scrutiny,” or consideration from every standpoint, to assess the issue, which is “a cost-benefit test measuring whether a law that falls (according to the Court itself) sq...   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Errors in Affirmative Action - Although much of the reasoning behind Affirmative Action is good, it goes wrong in a few major ways. Affirmative action is meant to bring an end to discrimination. In trying to do so, though, it elevates the so-called disadvantaged minorities above other groups. In addition, the members of the particular minority groups are stereotyped according to the group they are in rather than being looked at as an individual. Affirmative action also makes the assumption that minority groups are, in fact, disadvantaged....   [tags: Critical Thinking Essays] 663 words
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The Issue of Affirmative Action - The Issue of Affirmative Action A major controversy encompassing the country is the issue of affirmative action. Many believe that the abolition, or at least restructure, of affirmative action in the United States will benefit the nation for many logical reasons. Originally, affirmative action began as an attempt to eliminate discrimination and provide a source of opportunity; affirmative action did not begin as an attempt to support just minorities and women. In addition, affirmative action naturally creates resentment when the less qualified are preferred instead of the people actually deserve the admission or job....   [tags: Papers] 824 words
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Affirmative Action is Reverse Discrimination - Affirmative Action is Reverse Discrimination Even though slavery has not been a part of America for over a century now, racial discrimination still exists in various parts of our culture. A controversial policy known as affirmative action was introduced in the 1960's to try and promote racial equality in society. Affirmative action is supposed to give minorities an equal chance in life by requiring minority employment, promotions, college acceptance, etc. At first this sounds like a perfect solution to racial discrimination, but in reality it is discrimination in reverse....   [tags: Papers] 1812 words
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Affirmative Action is Reverse Discrimination - Affirmative Action is Reverse Discrimination Is it possible to fill out a job application, apply for college, or even fill out a simple survey without being asked to provide one’s ethnicity. I often wonder how many people actually look at the information I provide instead of the fact that I happen to be Hispanic. Does that make me any different. It is extremely frustrating to realize that despite the civil rights victories of the twenty-first century, our society is still obsessed with race. Advocates of affirmative action will love to tell the American people that minorities are truly benefited by these policies, and that they are thankful for the compensation of the discrimination of the...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument]
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Affirmative Action is Reverse Discrimination - Affirmative Action is Reverse Discrimination   When the Civil Rights Bill was being debated on the floor of the Senate, Barry Goldwater predicted that this particular bill might be abused. Herbert Humphrey, however, stated that he would eat every page of the bill if ever it were used to justify discrimination against anybody on account of race or sex. The bill eventually passed and became the Civil Rights Act. From college admissions to government contracts, the Civil Rights Act has been grossly abused by giving race and gender primary consideration in admissions and hiring, resulting in blatant reverse discrimination....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1021 words
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Affirmative Action and Racial Tension - Affirmative Action and Racial Tension   Affirmative action. What was its purpose in the first place, and do we really need it now. It began in an era when minorities were greatly under represented in universities and respectable professions. Unless one was racist, most agreed with the need of affirmative action in college admissions and in the workplace. Society needed an active law that enforced equality during a period when civil rights bills were only effective in ink. With so much of America¹s work force spawned from integrated schools now, some may question whether racism really is the problem anymore, and many college students might answer yes....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Detrimental Affects of Affirmative Action - Detrimental Affects of Affirmative Action Beginning in the 1960's several government programs were introduced in order to ensure equality in the job market. However, these programs accomplished the exact opposite by judging potential employees by their race and gender and excluding possibly more qualified persons. This is not the plight of women or African-Americans, but that of the white male. Affirmative Action is not only an ineffective method for compensating for past disadvantages, but also widens the racial and gender gaps in today’s society....   [tags: Argumentaive] 1006 words
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Reverse Discrimination and Affirmative Action - Reverse Discrimination and Affirmative Action Discrimination in employment has been an issue that has plagued our society throughout history. At the turn of this century it was acceptable to advertise job openings and specifically state that people of a certain race, color, religion, gender, or national origin "need not apply". A lot has changed over the last 100 years. The proverbial "pendulum" has swung in the direction of federal protection of certain people, but the problem now is that it has swung too far....   [tags: Papers Quota Racism Equality Essays] 3989 words
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Affirmative Action in College Admissions - Affirmative action has been a controversial topic ever since it was established in the 1960s to right past wrongs against minority groups, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and women. The goal of affirmative action is to integrate minorities into public institutions, like universities, who have historically been discriminated against in such environments. Proponents claim that it is necessary in order to give minorities representation in these institutions, while opponents say that it is reverse discrimination....   [tags: Race]
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Affirmative Action and Collective Responsibility - Affirmative Action and Collective Responsibility    It is not surprising that affirmative action is under attack: along with welfare, it benefits a section of society with very little political clout. It is a convenient place for the displaced anger of working-class white men who have seen their real wages decrease for the past thirty years. It stirs up feelings of racism that politicians are quick to publicly denounce but even quicker to exploit. There is, however, very little serious discussion about affirmative action underway; more often it is supplanted by buzzwords such as "quotas," "set-asides," and "reverse discrimination." A serious discussion of affirmative action must begin by...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2518 words
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Affirmative Action Curbed in California - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 1 – California Gov. Pete Wilson (R), vowing to lead a growing conservative movement to end three decades of racial and gender preferences as an antidote to discrimination, today signed an executive order abolishing a wide range of affirmative action programs affecting hiring and contracting in state agencies. Wilson, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, eliminated or sharply cut back scores of affirmative action policies or programs that are not mandated by state or federal laws or that exceed those laws....   [tags: essays research papers] 975 words
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Case Study of Affirmative Action - Our book defines affirmative action as a term that refers to programs designed to ensure that women, minorities, and other traditionally disadvantaged groups have full and equal opportunities in employment, education, and other areas of life. Affirmative action was implemented to reduce discrimination practices based on race, gender and ethnic background. Most Americans feel that there is a need for affirmative action but there are also those Americans that feel that it will discriminate against white males and those best qualified for a particular job, school or other area of interest....   [tags: Business Case Studies] 723 words
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The Failures of Affirmative Action - The Failures of Affirmative Action       Once upon a time, there were two people who went to an interview for only one job position at the same company. The first person attended a prestigious and highly academic university, had years of work experience in the field and, in the mind of the employer, had the potential to make a positive impact on the company's performance. The second person was just starting out in the field and seemed to lack the ambition that was visible in his opponent. "Who was chosen for the job?" you ask....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Poor Implementation of Affirmative Action - Poor Implementation of Affirmative Action In the beginning, it seemed simple enough. In 1961, John F. Kennedy, then president of the United States of America, established the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity by executive order. The goal was to curb discrimination by the government and its contractors, who were now required to ?not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, or national origin. The Contractor will take affirmative action, to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.....   [tags: Papers] 858 words
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The Perils of Affirmative Action - The Perils of Affirmative Action   On January 16th of this year, I picked up the Washington Post and read an article by Richard Cohen that weakly criticized the lack of ethnic diversity in President Bush's new cabinet. The article was an interesting analysis of the ethnicity of Bush's cabinet, but it is even more significant as it dealt with an issue that is becoming of greater concern in this country: affirmative action. This issue has affected me in the past. I live in Northern Virginia, which is a very race-neutral area, and last year during my college application process was the first time in my life when affirmative action affected me....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1252 words
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An Analysis of Affirmative Action and Its Effects on Society - It has been said that the differences within humanity is what makes it great. That people are unique and not seemingly clones of one another gives a variety and splendor to a multiracial culture. Unfortunately, this diversity has led to hate and violence. Man tends to be afraid of that which he does not know, and he fears those that he does not understand. Because of this racism, minorities have not been as privileged as those who have the majority of support. Different legislation has come into existence during the last few decades in order to balance this problem....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Affirmative Action and Hosea Martin - Affirmative Action and Hosea Martin Hosea Martin's article on affirmative action aims to defend the practice of hiring people not just on their qualifications but by their race as well. He does so by using his own experience in the work place along with some personal, unsupported opinions of his own regarding hiring practices and education. Martin also attempts to defend affirmative action programs as being fair and non-discriminatory by emphasizing that "every single one of us...had been hired for reasons beyond our being able to do our jobs." (Martin qtd....   [tags: Papers] 679 words
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Affirmative Action and Higher Education - Affirmative Action and Higher Education   Two people stand in a room looking at a vibrant painting and receive a totally different image. This is something we all realize can happen. It is our different perspectives that make us valuable too each other. When trying to solve a problem or create a new idea, we need each other to bring forth considerations and concepts that would never occur otherwise. This concept is something most of us grasp in theory, yet it never ceases to confound and confuse us if someone draws a conclusion tangent from ours when presented with the same information....   [tags: Critical Thinking Essays]
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Affirmative Action: Controversy within Higher Education - ... The Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 outlawing school segregation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 improved life prospects for African Americans. In 1965, however, only five percent of undergraduate students, one percent of law students, and two percent of medical students in the country were African American. President Lyndon Johnson, an advocate for affirmative action understood that the African American population sought not just freedom but opportunity, not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result (Brunner)....   [tags: civil rights, admissions, minorities]
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My Stand on Affirmative Action - My Stand on Affirmative Action When I began to collect research for my term paper, I was sure what to focus on. Every time I visited a medical facility, I noticed a color line separating the health care professionals. It seemed apparent to me that the majority of orderlies were African American and the majority of the doctors and nurses were Caucasian. I believed this was the case because of prejudice in the human resource department. I felt, especially here in Sarasota a very segregated community, that African Americans were not getting the same opportunities as their Caucasian counter parts....   [tags: Papers] 2106 words
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Affirmative Action: An Interpretation through the Application of Justice Theories - Introduction President John F. Kennedy introduced affirmative action programs to the United States in the early 1960s in effort to redress the history of systemic racial discrimination in the nation (Massey, 2004). As a world leader, the United States has an important influence over this issue, with numerous cases taken to the courts in recent decades. The original purpose of affirmative action programs was to pressure institutions into compliance with the equal rights mandate of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Massey, 2004)....   [tags: racism, injustice, social issues]
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Should Affirmative Action Be Rescinded From Law? - In the mid 1950’s Dr. Martin Luther King started a crusade to gain equal rights for his race. Over several years he was able to convince President Kennedy to pass legislation on discrimination. Since then there has been a great debate on whether affirmative action should be rescinded from our laws. In 1964 the Civil Rights Act made discrimination illegal. Two authors, Ward Connerly and Paul Kivel, have taken different stands on this issue for and against. I will make a critique to see which author makes a stronger argument....   [tags: Racism] 790 words
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The Affirmative Action Debate - For the sake of this essay, affirmative action in education is defined as: “policies and programs designed to advance equality of educationalopportunity for individuals from groups that have suffered systematic historical discrimination” (Mickelson 29). What is being referred to here is race-based affirmative action, or the act of taking into consideration an applicant’s race in the college admissions process. This is a hot topic all over the United States and has been for quite a while, the debate raging between two sides: those in support of affirmative action and those opposed....   [tags: argumentative persuasive 2014]
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Problems with Affirmative Action - Affirmative Action      For many years, people have presumed that Affirmative Action has played and continues to play a vital and important role in the lives of most minorities . However, some people have raised questions about the effectiveness of Affirmative Action. Since it's conception, it has been believed that in some instances, Affirmative Action has been more harmful then helpful. One may ask the question, is Affirmative Action really worth fighting for. Some may argue, that if it had not been for Affirmative Action, the minority unemployment rate would be much higher....   [tags: Reverse Discrimination] 739 words
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Outcomes of Affirmative Action - Outcomes of Affirmative Action Affirmative action was started by Lyndon B. Johnson as a way to equalize the employment field to minority job seekers. What started out as an equal opportunity action has become the subject of controversy in many workplaces across the United States. Many feel that affirmative action has gone too far and is an example of reverse discrimination, while others believe that it has yet to do enough to “level the playing field” in the employment domain. From what I have studied, it is my belief that affirmative action has started to produce many more negative effects, than positive ones....   [tags: Papers] 651 words
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Race and Affirmative Action - Race and Affirmative Action Race is an issue that is embedded in the nation’s history and continues to spur discussions on how the different minorities and ethnic groups must be treated fairly. Affirmative action is a recent attempt to solve the discriminations produced by racial inequality. However, affirmative action is also being scrutinized as scholars and the public debate the benefits and harms of affirmative action. A Historical View Throughout the past 30 years, affirmative action has been the answer to racial inequality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Affirmative Action In Seattle - Affirmative Action in Seattle Present efforts to repeal affirmative action are based on several general misconceptions. One is that our society, having reached a point of true equality, no longer needs programs that help government recruit and hire qualified women, people of color, and persons with disabilities. Unfortunately, there is abundant evidence -- from Census Bureau data and academic studies, to news accounts and everyday experiences -- that we still have a long way to go to achieve equality of opportunity for all social groups....   [tags: essays research papers] 1058 words
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Affirmative Action is Discrimination - Affirmative action is wrong and will not help solve the problems minorities face. The reason it is wrong is because it's discrimination. It has no place in today's society in today's society because it does more bad than good. In addition to that most people don't enjoy the presence of affirmative action. Also, it appears that affirmative action can actually be detrimental to employees health. First of all, affirmative action is discrimination, there is no hiding it. When an employer hires anyone because he or she is a minority, even if someone else if more qualified to do the job, it is discrimination....   [tags: Critical Thinking Essays] 1073 words
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Affirmative Action is Necessary - Affirmative Action is Necessary      Affirmative action is the perfect fuel for a heated debate. Ever since formal plans for affirmative action were proposed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and instigated in 1964, this fiery topic has been battled back and forth at presidential campaigns, discussed in depth in classrooms, and been thoroughly explored at the dinner table. Put simply, affirmative action affects everyone's lives. This has become particularly evident during this past year in the state of Texas, and more specifically in the city of Austin, due to the recent ruling in an affirmative action lawsuit....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Affirmative Action and Discrimination - Affirmative Action and Discrimination 1. Race relations in general and affirmative action in particular have arguably been the most divisive and hotly contested issues in contemporary American politics. Many people feel that affirmative action is necessary to either counteract injustices or ensure the advancement of certain minorities. Affirmative action proponents generally point to four justifications. These are racism, poverty, diversity, and the problem of underrepresentation. Proponents point out that many blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans live in substandard housing, go to substandard schools, and live in neighborhoods where crime is rampant....   [tags: Free Essays Online]
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We Need Affirmative Action - PRO-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION What is it. Well affirmative action is, in plain text, the consideration of your class, race, gender, color, ethnicity, national origin, and disability when deciding who gets a certain job or admission into a school. If you are amenity applying for a job and there are other people that are applying as well then you will be considered for the job over one of the other people, even if they have more experience. It is not only for jobs, it is also used in any situation that there is a minority or different person, racially or ethnicity, because the particular business or corporation needs to have some minorities working in that business or in that school....   [tags: essays research papers] 1029 words
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Is Affirmative Action Fair? - Is Affirmative Action Fair. A black student has been waiting for that letter of acceptance from the college of her choice. She receives that letter and gets in. At the same time a female white student is also waiting for her letter of acceptance from that same college. The white student receives a rejection letter even though she had higher test scores and a better GPA than the black student. Was this fair to the students. Was it the best outcome for the country in the long run. Many minority students are accepted into colleges and law schools due to their race while at the same time white students are rejected because colleges have to make room for these minorities....   [tags: Law Government Equality Papers]
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Ethics of Affirmative Action - Affirmative Action: Staying on the Road to Equality “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence, 1776). Who would imagine that in a country under the blanket such a brilliant, ethical and proud statement of equality, there could be so much dissention about equality. Our nation has interpreted this statement differently since it was written, and still, more than two hundred years later, we are on the road to a truly equal society....   [tags: Ethics Morals]
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Affirmative Action - Affirmative Action is a policy in the United States of America. It is in use to help minorities get equal treatment in admissions policies for big businesses and higher educational programs. In one way or another, this policy affects almost every person in America. It affects people directly, and most commonly, indirectly. When this policy affects people, it usually affects them in a negative way. When Affirmative Action first started, it was a descent policy, but with changes in society, it has become a policy that does more harm than good....   [tags: Law] 2866 words
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Affirmative Action - Affirmative Action The Webster dictionary defines affirmative action as an “active effort to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups…” This paper will discuss the history of affirmative action and its effects on education and the work force in our society. I will argue why affirmative action is necessary for minorities to gain equal opportunities educationally and economically and how affirmative action is morally required as reparation for past discrimination....   [tags: Race Racism]
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Affirmative Action - Affirmative Action Affirmative action is one of the more recent and popular civil rights policies that affect today's society. Affirmative action can be described as nothing more than a lower educational standard for minorities. It has become quite clear that affirmative action is unfair and unjust. However, in order to blend race, culture, and genders to create a stable and diverse society, someone has to give. How can this be justified. Is there a firm right or wrong to affirmative action. Is this policy simply taking something from one person and giving it to someone else, or is there more to this policy, such as affirmative action being a reward for years of oppression against those w...   [tags: Civil Rights Movement Diversity Equality Quota]
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Affirmative Action - Affirmative Action Few social policy issues have served as a better gauge of racial and ethnic divisions among the American people than affirmative action. Affirmative action is a term referring to laws and social policies intended to alleviate discrimination that limits opportunities for a variety of groups in various social institutions. Supporters and opponents of affirmative action are passionate about their beliefs, and attack the opposing viewpoints relentlessly. Advocates believe it overcomes discrimination, gives qualified minorities a chance to compete on equal footing with whites, and provides them with the same opportunities....   [tags: essays papers] 980 words
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Affirmative Action - The first website, http://www.infoplease.com/spot/affirmative1.html, discussed the history and timeline of affirmative action. The first discussion of affirmative action was in Executive Order 10925 on March 6, 1961. President Johnson introduced this policy as a method of redressing discrimination that continued even with the civil rights laws and constitutional guarantees. Affirmative action was enforced for the first time on September 24, 1965. The focus of this policy was to make sure active measures were being taken to give blacks and other minorities the same opportunities for promotions, raises, scholarships, school admissions and financial aid that whites enjoyed....   [tags: essays research papers] 407 words
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Affirmative Action - Affirmative Action Affirmative action is a blanket term that refers to “the set of public policies and initiatives designed to help eliminate past and present discrimination based on race, color, sex or national origin,” (Sykes). Before the Civil Rights Acts of 1965 and the 1954 Scott v. Topeka decision, there were “unwritten laws and protection for white men” against competition from women and ethnic minorities in prestigious professions, creating blatant inequality (Alsbrook). Affirmative action policies designed in part to counteract such “unwritten laws” were first employed in 1965 to provide equal opportunity among federal contractors; now however, they are used widely in many indust...   [tags: Discrimination Race Racism Essays]
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Affirmative Action - The roots of Affirmative Action can be traced back to the passage of the Civil Rights Act where legislation redefined public and private behavior. The act states that to discriminate in private is legal, but anything regarding business or public discrimination is illegal. There are two instances when opposing affirmative action might seem the wrong thing to do. The nobility of the cause that help others. Affirmative Action was a great starter for equality in the work place. The most promanite variable in deciding Affirmative Action as right or wrong, is whether or not society is going to treat people as groups or individuals....   [tags: essays research papers] 1079 words
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Affirmative Action - Introduction Affirmative Action began in 1965 when President Johnson signed the Executive Order 11246 in to law. The Executive Order prevents federal contractors from discriminating against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The phrase “affirmative action” was first coined, when federal contractors were required to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants were not discriminated against in anyway. When affirmative action was created, it only included minorities....   [tags: essays research papers] 939 words
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