Affirmative Action Affirmation Action In Today Society: Myths and Facts As America nears the end of the twentieth century, we still face many lingering problems that stand unresolved. One of the most pressing and difficult problems is that of human relations, or to many, the trigger word race relations. For over 225 years America has been trying to fulfill the promise of the founders of this nation that “All Men Are Created Equal”, yet we still see institutionalized injustices and discrimination. Therefore, this paper attempts to look at one controversial issue that was implemented to correct previous human relation injustices of our nations. This issue is Affirmative Action.
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The results of racism have changed tremendously but what has not changed is discrimination. Affirmative Action is not just in place for African Americans and women but as well as for homosexuals, disables, and anyone who can be discriminated against. Barbara F. Reskin Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and author of “The Realities of Affirmative Action in Employment” wrote “Implicating affirmative action in the work place may see as harsh and as reverse discrimination but in actuality it is reality, we still live in a world were discrimination is a spreading virus that has no cure.” One would believe that Affirmative Action is still needed and still mu... ... middle of paper ... ...hat they are a part of an fair equal playing field. Affirmative Action works and it is because of its success that it must remain in play. Affirmative Action is a valued part of our government and a necessity to our country.
Affirmative action is an attempt by the United States to amend a long history of racial and sexual discrimination. But these days it seems to incite, not ease, the nations internal divisions. Opponents of affirmative action say that the battle for equal rights is over, and that requiring quotas that favor one group over another is un-American. The people that defend it say that the playing field is not level, and that providing advantages for minorities and women is fair considering the discrimination those groups tolerated for years. This paper will discuss the history of affirmative action, how it is implemented in society today, and evaluate the arguments that it presents.
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It required government contractors and subcontractors to implement affirmative action policies to expand job opportunities for minorities. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCC) was designated to administer the regulation. In 1973 the Nixo... ... middle of paper ... ...or group identity should not say that a person is naturally disadvantaged. There are many blacks in the US that are hindered by the economy, but there are also rich blacks and poor whites. Race should not determine who gets into college because black society as a whole is not entirely disadvantaged.