Essay on Affirmative Action And Its Effects

1156 Words Nov 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Affirmative Action’s Downfall

Throughout America is there are many different views on affirmative action’s effects. Many see it as a negative policy which gives an unnecessary advantage to the minority races in America. In a 2009 Pew Poll, “58% of African Americans agree” and only “22% whites agree” that there should be “preferential treatment to improve the position of blacks and other minorities.”
Today affirmative action and other racial injustices tend to be in the spotlight quite often, such as the “Fisher v University of Texas at Austin” case which highlighted that many highly qualified white prospective students are passed over for less qualified minority students to attempt to make the university more diverse using the affirmative action initiative. Affirmative action or positive discrimination is a policy in which those who have been discriminated on in the past or who tend to be discriminated on presently are favored, usually in relation to education or jobs. A professor of English at San Jose University, Shelby Steele, an African American man, spoke of his views of the negative impacts of affirmative action in his book, “The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America.” In Steele’s book he discredits American affirmative action and exposes the flaws throughout the policy. Steele saw affirmative action take action in the 60’s and 70’s and how he thinks it “has shown itself to be more bad than good” for many African Americans. Although affirmative…

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