Affirmative Action Necessary For Achieve Racial Equality Essay

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D’Angelo, Raymond and Herbert Douglas, eds. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Race and Ethnicity, 7th edition (Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill, 2009).
“Issue # 19: Is Affirmative Action Necessary to Achieve Racial Equality in the United States?”

Is Affirmative Action Necessary to Achieve Racial Equality in the United States? Over the years, the policy of Affirmative Action has become a controversial topic throughout the political world. A question many politicians and scholars seem to come across is “is the policy of Affirmative Action Necessary to achieve racial equality in the United States?” Many would argue, yes affirmative action is necessary, others would disagree and argue no. throughout this essay, I plan to explain and reiterate my beliefs and where I stand with this issue.
Former President John F. Kennedy issued an order to contractors demanding that they take affirmative action to ensure that every applicant was employed, that they were treated equally and not discriminated against due to their race, principle, color or national origin. This “tool” was solely created to increase the employment of blacks in the public sector and to address prejudices against minorities, especially people of color and women. However, some may favor affirmative action programs while others completely disagree. With the articles provided I had the opportunity to analyze and understand two different views on this issue. I also had the opportunity to gain knowledge on the policy…

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