affirmative action Essay

1700 Words Nov 30th, 2013 7 Pages
What is affirmative action? Affirmative action is an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, esp. in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination. In the 1940s: President Roosevelt signed an order making discrimination illegal in defense contracting. 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that "separate but equal" facilities on the basis of race were unconstitutionally discriminatory. The Act of 1964: Congress passed the Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, national origin and religion in employment and education. 1965: President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to undertake affirmative
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This article was posted in 2013, just one year ago. This brings me back to my question is affirmative action still necessary, my answer is still yes. In this Supreme Court issue affirmative action laws were still being broken. Injustice was being done toward the new enrollees at the University of Michigan. Wizner Taylor (2013) reported, "Make no mistake: We will find the route that continues our commitment to a richly diverse student body," Coleman, president of University of Michigan, said in 2006 (p. 1). It is obvious here that we still need affirmative action, this university is still looking for routes to obtain a diverse student body.

The Workforce
Here in the United States the colleges and universities are still trying to sort out there issues of discrimination. As the colleges sort out their issues, the workforce here in the US face issues of their own. In 2009, the Supreme Court heard its most recent affirmative action case, Ricci v. DeStefano. The case was filed by 19 firefighters who worked for New Haven, Connecticut, 17 of whom were white and 2 Hispanic, alleging that the city discriminated against them in regard to promotions. These 19 firefighters had all passed the test for promotion to management but the city decided to void the test on the basis that none of the black firefighters who

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