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Improve Affirmative Action by Removing Quotas and Racial Preferences

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Improve Affirmative Action by Removing Quotas and Racial Preferences

Affirmative action has assisted many members of minority groups in creating equal opportunities in education and employment. Who could object to assisting these minorities, who suffered years of discrimination, in getting the equal opportunity they deserve? The problem is, affirmative action promotes racial preferences and quotas which cause mixed emotions. One time supporters of affirmative action are now calling out “reverse discrimination”. If we want a stronger support for affirmative action we need to get rid of the preferential treatments.
The back bone of affirmative action began with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 18, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery and any involuntary labor (“Federal laws,” 1998). This showed there was a calling for equal opportunity for all Americans.
When the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, there were opponents who were skeptical of the amendment. Because of this they came up with two separate bills of their own: the civil rights bill, and an amen...


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...ome police officers posed as Hispanics in order to gain employment. Buffalo News. (NewsBank, affirmative action, 1998).

Shepard, P. (1998, July 15). Powell puts qualifier on affirmative action, learning best NAACP priorities. Washington Times. (NewsBank, affirmative action, 1998).

Williams, M.E. (1997). Discrimination: Opposing viewpoints. [On-line] Available: Eric Database ED 409 391.

Zinsmeister, K. (1997). Indicators: race preferences shrivel. The American Enterprise, 8 (1), p.18. [On-line] Available: Expanded Academic SearchBank.

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