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This is an effort to improve educational and employment opportunities of members of minority groups disregarding their race, colour and national origin. Started by John F. Kennedy with the Executive Order 10925, later presidents followed up on the issue.
Should we still talk about affirmative action in this era?
I feel that it should have never come to this. However, because of the time it had to be a thing. Now, it STILL NEEDS TO BE A THING. There are still struggling schools that need to be brought to the level playing field. It's just a shame that with all this talk of human rights we still have to argue over this.
I'm so annoyed when people bring affirmative action as being ''sexism against men'' or ''racism again whites'' or whatever dumb thing they can think of. I can't believe these people can't see that we live in a society so sexist and racist that they needed to make laws so people would hire women or PoC without being discriminatory.
I believe that at one point in time, affirmative action was necessary. People of different races were not being hired because of their races, and something needed to be done in order to ensure them a fair chance at a job. I'm not sure if it is necessary today. I know that racism still exists, but it is not as rampant as it once was, not by far (even though it is currently being portrayed that way). Sometimes, affirmative action takes jobs away from others who deserve them all so that a quota can be met. I don't think that is very fair.
there are a lot of misconceptions about affirmative action that linger until this day. one thing is the quota system has been fazed out in the 70's I heard so there is no quota thing anymore. another thing is the program is not a black program the program helps women, veterans and the disabled too. politicians always put a blackface on a program so they can denigrate it and make people mad about it. with the election of Barack Obama im hoping we wont need it much anymore and that people can be hired despite their race and you don't need to know someone or have a lot of contacts to get hired
Face it Affirmative action is here to stay in some form or another. People are people and their beliefs and actions begin at home as a child and then tweaked by society. As long as we have Bigots, Raciest and just plain uneducated individuals things are NOT going to change. Employers on the most part search for people who can benefit their company and that can work with other employees efficiently without their race or beliefs causing strife in the work place.
i'm surprised there's so many people bellyaching about this. reverse racism and reverse sexism? are you sh*tting me? does Affirmative Action make you get followed around in stores, or harassed in the streets, or get paid less? does it make people think you're dangerous because of the color of your skin, or think you're stupid or weak because of your gender? oppressed groups get a little boost because they constantly have the short end of the stick! "that's not real equality" seriously? STOP.
Does anybody know what happened with the UT Austin aff am admissions case when it was sent down to the lower court by the US Supreme Court, or the result in the challenge to the Michigan law prohibiting certain considerations of race? It seems like these cases are on the edge of the law as it stands now, so anyone with insight please share.
For the most part, I believe in affirmative action, although of course it can be abused. theres no doubt that people of color and minorities have been discriminated against in the past, and although things are improving, at a pretty good rate, there's still work to do. We're not out of the woods yet,so to speak.