Essay about Affirmative Action Is Not About Quotas

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“Affirmative action is not about quotas. It’s an attempt to open more opportunities for women and people of color through aggressive recruitment and outreach greater access to academic institutions and the workplace and not exclude people on the basis of race or gender.” (Holhut3) Actions or policy favoring those individuals who are subject to discrimination particularly in relation to employment or education is called Affirmative Action. Although affirmative action is not necessarily a form of equal treatment it is a form of fair treatment. Programs that attempt to break down the wall of segregation that excluded racial minorities and women from workplace and education include quotas, minority scholarships, reverse discrimination, preferential hiring and diversity have all been linked to affirmative action.

In the 1960’s racial tension reached a peak in the United States after a decade of civil rights demonstrations. On September 24, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Executive Order #11246 at Howard University that required federal contractors "to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed…without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.” (Civil Rights). Johnson added gender to the anti-discrimination list in 1967. College admission policies in the United States changed in 1972 to include affirmative action in the admissions process. This allowed more women and minorities to be admitted to pursue degrees in higher education.…

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