Many believe that without it we would feel a better sense of equality and individuality. We need to adapt to a color-blind society where race is no longer an issue in the fields of education and employment. By failing in eliminating affirmative action we have caused previous cases and battles in the past such as Brown v. Board of Education lose their significance in the world of today. We need to remember why we have come this far and what those people who fought for equal protection and representation intended for the people of the future. Only by brushing away discrimination and handicapped education laws can we ensure equality for everyone.
Sacrificing intelligence and qualifications for the “benefits of diversity” is unjust and creates a skewed system of admissions. While affirmative action is detrimental to white s... ... middle of paper ... ... state of California banned affirmative action in 1996, and its schools continue to include racial diversity without it (Ramos, 2013). This symbolizes a step forward, and ensures that many minorities are capable of receiving a college education without unnecessary affirmative action policies. Those who include affirmative action in their ideal view of equality should understand that it denies students of equal opportunities to attend college and receive scholarships. True equality does not focus on racial backgrounds when determining the eligibility of possible college-bound students.
They often find their achievements overlooked because of their racial background (Bronner). Although affirmative action was created to prevent the discrimination of minorities in the United States, Asians are instead deprived of their fair chance to gain acceptance into college. These policies claim to help the disadvantaged, but if “preferences were truly meant to remedy disadvantage, they would be given on the basis of disadvantage, not on the basis of race” (Sacks and Thiel). Because affirmative action is misleading and depriving students of a fair chance in college admissions, it should not be factored into college acceptance decisions. Although there is diversity in the United States, there is also a blend of cultures as well as a sense of unity that exists among different ethnic groups; this does not mean that everyone and everything is in harmony with each other, but in general, the mixing of cultures truly makes America unique.
Affirmative action is just because it gives a fair advantage to black Americans, women and other minorities who have suffered from the effects of social injustice in our country. Majorities have constantly opposed affirmative action because they view it as an injustice directed to them. In Grutter v Bollinger, one can say that affirmative action is just because it is a benign discrimination. One might say that the law school?s consideration of African Americans, Hispanics and Native American student?s (who otherwise might not be represented in the student body) is unjust. However, considering the facts of the case, the school?s policy does not define diversity solely in terms of racial and ethnic status and does not restrict the types of diversity contributions eligible for ?substantial weight.?
I say yes, affirmative action was and is needed to help prevent unfairness caused by discrimination in America. I believe the doors of opportunity have just peaked opened for women and minorities and the United States should continue to use affirmative action as an appropriate instrument for achieving racial and gen... ... middle of paper ... ...men and minorities by providing them opportunities for advancement. In conclusion, affirmative action has been criticized as a shallow solution that does not reach deeper economic problems in the United States. However, when understanding its purpose, affirmative action was never designed to solve the economic inequalities in America. Instead, it was intended only to rectify discrimination in hiring and academic admissions.
Thus affirmative action was born. However, when Kennedy and Johnson established affirmative action, they did not intend for it to have the perverted and distorted effect that it currently has today. Such perversions and distortions include the hiring of unqualified workers, the causing of problems for groups it originally set out to help, and reverse discrimination that results in unfair standards into higher education and the work force. The practice of affirmative action must be stopped. The main argument for affirmative action is that it creates equal opportunity for people in the work force and for students seeking admission into higher education.
Secondly, affirmative action past including rights, women and minorities the rights to vote. Another issue concerning affirmative action is the minorities themselves minorities are very capable of getting the best and higher education and being successful as an white. The only way for this to happen is to lower the diversity on colleges groups and workplaces while affirmative action is not best way going but encouraging the minorities to obtain education is the best way to start them of understanding that we have to accept diversity isn't the issue. Affirmative action developed civil rights in states that are threatened civil rights by giving equal opportunities and educational settings even a workplace to minorities and other races instead of discriminating against them and give them an equal change like the rest that are being able to even have the choice.
It became a kind of quota system and had created a new racism in America. The controversy over affirmative action seems to pose a choice between two alternatives that have become a part of major debate. Racial minorities are no longer disadvantaged, considering most young people applying for jobs and colleges today were not even born when legal segregation ended. With this, Americans deserve equal opportunities with the idea that hard work and merit, not race or birthright, should determine who prospers and who does not. However, the fault in special admissions programs is that they will use skin color as a more important factor than academic and personal merit.
Moreover, one of the most important equal rights rulings comes from the case Brown v. Board of education, which makes segregation in schools illegal. However, to ensure that equal opportunity, even beyond that of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments and Brown v. Board of education, affirmative action was set in place. President John F. Kennedy first used affirmative action in a 1961 executive order, which requested equal opportunity and treatment in places of employment. President Lyndon Johnson later extended the executive order to include women (Skyes). The purpose of affirmative action is to make sure equal opportunity is given to minorities and women in jobs, and schools.
More effective programs should be implemented to take the place of affirmative action. Minorities have been victims of the worst crime, the removal of God-given rights, but this country fought a bloody civil war to ensure those rights for all citizens. The Fourteenth Amendment gives all citizens the same privileges, but affirmative action gives preferential treatment to minorities. Minorities are citizens and should be treated as such; they should not be treated as dependent outcasts. The government is forcing institutions of higher education to give up their demands of excellence in order to fulfill quotas.