True equality does not focus on racial backgrounds when determining the eligibility of possible college-bound students. Affirmative action decelerates the journey toward equality in America. Its effectiveness in the past has transformed into an insensitivity and irrelevance that harms society as a whole. To achieve fairness in the college admissions system, affirmative action must be stopped.
I believe that he would say affirmative action does not solve discrimination problems in the workplace; it just hinders the problems. Everything Martin Luther King Jr. worked for and fought for is being destroyed by affirmative action. Summary As stated earlier, affirmative action was put into use during the 1960’s. The Civil Rights movement of 1964 emphasized the program. During that era, discrimination among minorities and women was extremely high and there were many barriers.
Do two wrongs make a right? The answer is no. The first reason affirmative action should be stopped is that employees often are hired that are not qualified to execute their jobs effectively. Many times employers are forced to find the best minority, rather than the person most qualified for the job. For example, a policy was adopted by Duke University in 1993 that required each department at the university to hire at least one new African-American for a faculty position (Pasour).
Affirmative action continues the judgement of minorities by race; it causes reverse discrimination, and contradicts its purpose. Affirmative action is not creating a colorblind society. In fact it continues the judgement of minorities according to race. Affirmative action forces employers and colleges to lower the standard for minorities. It also is demeaning to minorities who want to be judged by their actions, not their skin color.
With a wide spread problem of diversity and the double standards involved in choosing minority students for college, accepting more African American students does not solve the problem. Affirmative action is not the solution; it is a way of ignoring the problems with America's educational department. The government needs to initiate the improvement of precollege education and eliminate affirmative action.
Opponents charge that affirmative action places unskilled minorities in positions they are not qualified for and violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Since its inception, the definition of affirmative action has been ever-changing. Prohibiting discrimination in hiring, expanding the applicant pool to include more minorities, compensating for past grievances, and setting quotas have all been part of the definition. In theory affirmative action helps integrate minorities better into society and puts them on equal footing with whites; however, in reality affirmative action is widening the racial gap in America and therefore should be discontinued. When the Civil Rights Law passed, minorities, especially African-Americans, believed that they should receive retribution for the years of discrimination that they endured.
Such an idea is absurd because even if a student or potential employee takes the institution to court, it is unlikely that he or she could win without policies like affirmative action. This can be attributed to the fact that institutional racism is hard to quantify without specific evidence. In contrast, affirmative actions allows for an, “Implemented plan for taking concrete measures to eliminate the barriers and to establish true equality... ... middle of paper ... ...ss. My thoughts are aided in a study, minorities were seen to have scored drastically lower on standardized test when applying to college, but still graduated from the same universities with slightly lower GPAs (Crosby, 101) After carefully thinking about the subject, my theory on the concept of affirmative action as a necessary evil. Though it directly uses race and discrimination in order to preference or discard a certain kind of individual, it prevails in giving opportunity to minorities to better themselves.
Two hundred years ago in America, being born of a certain race or gender predetermined one’s opportunities in life. African Americans were subjected to slavery and discrimination and women had very little liberty. In the present, the United States is much closer to equality, yet gender and race still play a role in life’s opportunities given the high frequency of affirmative action programs; they attempt to increase the representation of minorities on college campuses and in the office, regardless of virtue. Programs of affirmative action arouse controversy because some groups view affirmative action as a catalyst for reverse discrimination whilst other groups support affirmative action as a way to diversify society and compensate for past exclusions. Affirmative action describes the “positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically excluded” (Fullinwinder).
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 nations minority and female population was not receiving equal and social economic opportunity. The implementation of affirmative action was America's first honest attempt at solving a problem it had previously chose to ignore. The history of affirmative action has its roots in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and stems from the United States Supreme case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. In 1969, the department of Labor exposed widespread racial discrimination of the Construction Department so President Nixon decided to incorporate a system of "goals and timetables" that provided guidelines for companies to follow and comply with affirmative action regulations.
The topic of affirmative action remains very controversial and highly questionable policy for employers. In my own honest opinion, affirmative action seems to be a “cop out” that was placed to make amends for the horrible treatment of Native Americans, African Americans and other minorities by white Americans for the past two hundred plus years. Brief Analysis In order to prevent discrimination in the workplace, most employers will use affirmative action programs or quotas in order to balance the order of minorities amongst the workforce. Sometimes, federal law demands certain employers to uphold affirmative action policies. Executive Order 11246 under the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency demands the use of affirmative action by federal contractors and subcontractors if their workforce met a predefined minimum size requirement and they have received more than $10,000 a year from the federal government.