Affirmative Action And Its Effect On Society Essay

1298 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Affirmative action was signed by President John F. Kennedy it was first put into play on March 6, 1961 it called to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without concern to their race, creed, color, or national origin. Forward to 2016 where it has become a problem within college applications where colleges are now more focused on having a diverse student body rather than the quality of the student themselves. While some colleges believe that affirmative action is helping minorities it can seem condescending applying that minorities cannot achieve their objectives with their abilities or hard work. This implied meaning is similar to the belief that slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and raised them in every dimension of life. The arguments for affirmative action and slavery similar in the both argue that it helps to bring out potential in minorities and that it generated unfavorable opinions of those who affirmative action and slavery affected causing some to be looked down upon not to mention that both have ties to race and nationality; that said, it greatly differs in the fact that affirmative action was added to aid minorities in getting jobs and an education while slavery was a means to a cheap labor source. Slave holders argued that if all the slaves were freed, there would be widespread unemployment and chaos which could lead to uprisings. Similar to that belief those who support…

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