Affirmative Action Is Not Just Freedom But Opportunity Essay

1201 Words Jul 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
"You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say you are free to compete with all the others, and still just believe that you have been completely fair. Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates. This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result. "This is an excerpt from a speech made by Lyndon B. Johnson, Former President, in 1965. This showcases the bases of Affirmative action and why it was put in place. Over the past fifty years affirmative action has been a very tumultuous topic that many fail to agree on. Affirmative action was put in place to extend opportunities in education, employment, housing, and so forth to women and minorities. “Conceptually, affirmative action refers to a set of positive anti-discrimination policies, stemming largely from a series of Executive Orders, intended to include stigmatized groups in preferred positions of society. Empirical evidence consistently shows stigmatized groups- in particular blacks, Latinos and women-face daily obstacles in hiring, promotion, renting or buying, gaining access to education and everyday economic activities”(Alan:Judicial…

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