Affirmative Discrimination

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Affirmative Discrimination

Since inequality issues have surfaced in nearly every element of our lives, affirmative action has become an integral part of a solution to these fundamental problems. As an answer to this resolution, this piece will address various issues raised because of these practices, including reverse discrimination, segregation proposals, as well as cause and effect concerns for clarity.

While it would appear that white males receive more affirmative action over others, nothing could be farther from the truth. Reverse discrimination, which can described as “policies or habits of social discrimination against members of a historically dominant group with an implication of unfairness” (USLegal Inc., 2010, ¶ 1), ensures that such results do not occur. Examples of favoritism are easily found in businesses nationwide by way of extra job application points for race, predetermined quotas for racial composition of workforce and an overabundant concern that politically correct measures are taken to avoid prejudiced appearances against minorities. With such standards in place, partiality in favor of a white man is highly unlikely.

If affirmative action is to be truly effective in the pursuit of equality, it should be applied to include everyone, regardless of race or gender. The exclusion of a specific ethnic group or race is counterproductive to the precise objectives for which affirmative action was created to achieve, and thus, any attempt to mandate such an action would be discriminatory by its very nature and cause. As further argument, in reference to questions and suggestions written by Macionis (2010), an implication to “exclude more affluent categories (such as Japanese Americans)” (¶ 8) only demonstrates ...

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...t. As earlier argued, racial assumptions should never be made for any reason, for these types of generalizations do not necessarily reflect the reality of the matter. It is noteworthy to mention, regarding this issue, that this brand of supposition initially created racial matters. Insofar as President Obama’s position in our government, it is only one instance of achievement within the fight for absolute equality and should not be overrated as more. Several examples of injustice exist in our culture; but unfortunately, affirmative action is not totally the answer for these concerns.


Macionis, J. (2010). Sociology (13th Edition ed.). Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 378-379.

USLegal Inc. (2010). Reverse Discrimination Law & Legal Definition. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from USLEGAL:
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