Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action


In the United States a process called Affirmative Action is used to help to overcome the
affects of past societal discrimination by granting jobs and resources to members of
specific groups, such as minorities and women. The policy was implemented by federal
agencies enforcing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and by the Equal Employment Opportunities
Act of 1972. While many people believe it is a step in the right direction in stopping
employment discrimination, it is taking jobs from qualified persons because they are not
of a certain race or gender, in turn doing the same thing that was done to minorities and
women for years.

I do not support affirmative action for several reasons. This policy would enable two
people who apply for a job in an office building for the same position to be judged
differently. One applicant is white and the other is black. Only one slot is available.
The two applicants have the same exact level of education and work experience. They both
have great recommendations and great credentials. According to affirmative action,
however, the person of African American origin is automatically better qualified, in an
attempt to "integrate" the work place of higher employment positions. So, in essence, the
person of African American heritage is receiving the job only because he is a different
race. Now, in the early 1970's this policy was invented to help put a stop to racial
discrimination in the work place, but with this policy you are doing the exact same thing
you set out to stop, but to the other race. I do not think it is fair to integrate our
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