Affirmative Action Is No Longer Needed?

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When individuals first encounter one another, the first thing noticed is not their intellect or poise, but it is the color of person’s skin that is seen first. At that point, assumptions are made based upon their race and ethnicity, which ultimately guides interaction. The stereotypes of blacks have not diminished, but have significantly heightened by the media depicting black individuals as obnoxious and ignorant. Many people may argue that affirmative action is no longer needed because African Americans are now on a leveled playing field; however, if women are only worth seventy-seven cents to a dollar, what makes individuals think that blacks, who were once considered three-fifths of a person, are treated any better? Regardless of socioeconomic status, background or occupation African Americans have to work twice as hard to get half of what the white man has. Affirmative action remains needed to present equal opportunities for minorities in the education field, the work force and within other institutional structures. In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson stated, "You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say you are free to compete with all the others, and still just believe that you have been completely fair." Affirmative action, which was significantly influenced by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was developed as a remedy to diminish discrimination on people of color. Although, affirmative action was not developed to cease discrimination in its entirety, their programs shared the common goal of breaking down barriers, to level the playing field, by implementing ideas to make sure everyone is given an equal break. Implementation of ... ... middle of paper ... ...on was presented, also shows that there is a continued need to help disadvantaged individuals with advancing. Centuries later, African Americans are still battling the same issues their ancestors were once faced with, being denied privileges and opportunities as a result of discrimination. Black people continue to have twice the unemployment rate of White people and higher poverty rates. Without affirmative action the percentage of Black students at many selective schools would drop to only 2% of the student body. In 2013, Ruth Ginsburg stated “state universities need not to be blind to the lingering effects of an overly discriminatory past, the legacy of centuries of law sanctioned inequality”. Being presented with this information, it is evident that affirmative action is still needed in today’s society to help minority group members obtain equal opportunities.
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