Affirmative Action Essay

729 Words May 24th, 2013 3 Pages
Introduction: Affirmative action means taking positive steps to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals from groups that have been discriminated on the basis of race, sex, disability, or other characteristics. Affirmative action has its origins in the civil rights movement of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, in which in brought a dramatic change to U.S social life through protests, court decisions and legislative action. Affirmative action is used to fill quotas in college admissions, instead of accepting the credible applicants. Under affirmative action, someone is enrolled based on there race rather than their scholastic merit. Minorities should be able to have an advantage over other privileged groups because of their past …show more content…
However, if it is used to give the unqualified person a chance to take over the qualified person, its original principle of creating equality is totally distorted.
Detail 1: Affirmative action favors one group over another, based on racial preference rather than academic achievement.
Detail 2: Because of affirmative action, a minority may beat out someone more capable for a job or school, simply because of race or gender.
Detail 3: Affirmative Action causes Reverse Discrimination
Detail 4: A society cannot be truly color-blind until they stop making decisions based on race.

Body Paragraph 4: Affirmative action brought a huge change in applying to colleges/education, giving minorities a big advantage over the other privileged groups
Detail 1: Advantages minorities receive over other groups (SAT scores)
Detail 2: Schools discriminate applicants in order to fill a minority quote (which group benefits; which group doesn’t)
Detail 3: Students admitted on this basis encounter difficulties to handle the schools to which they've been admitted. (Chances are if they can’t meet minimum requirements, they probably aren’t read to go there).

Body Paragraph 5: Not only did Affirmative Action greatly affect the application process and education, it also excluded individuals from the workplace and other settings because of race, color, gender or national origin
Detail 1: A more qualified applicant is sometimes overlooked for the…

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