Time to Put an End to Affirmative Action

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Time to Put an End to Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is the set of public policies and initiatives designed to help eliminate past and present discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This "set of public policies" has had quite a history beginning with the Thirteenth Amendment, which made slavery illegal. The Thirteenth Amendment was followed by the Fourteenth, that guarantees equal protection under the law. The Fifteenth Amendment brought up the rear, which forbids racial discrimination in access to voting. When affirmative action was set into place during the 1960's it was needed and very necessary. Although in history the need for affirmative action is obvious, it has reached the point where minorities are given unfair advantages. Although the public and the Supreme Court recognize the need to put an end to affirmative action, the federal government is still funding studies of the topic. Not surprisingly, these studies, through the statistical manipulation of data, conclude that affirmative action must continue.

Statement of the Problem

Ever since affirmative action was started in the 1960's there has been constant debate about its validity. It has gotten to the point where minorities are given preferential treatment, especially in the areas of employment and education. Granted, minorities still do earn less per dollar than the majority, but giving them preferential treatment, thereby denying the proverbial white male a fair chance is not the way to bring about equality.


In 1896, in the Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upheld the "separate, but equal" concept which was only in theory, not in actual practice. That decision signified the end of the...

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