Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1892 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 8 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr. once proclaimed “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This quote is infamous, and has been adopted as the essential basis of the minority equality movement. However, minority equality supporters and activists also support a policy that directly contradicts Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. This policy is affirmative action, a program designed to jumpstart racial integration and to give everyone equal opportunity. Although affirmative action was implemented to help integrate previously discriminated minorities into society, affirmative action actually hurts almost everyone, including the minorities it was intended to help, as well as perpetuating derogatory stereotypes and hurting education as a whole. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights goes on to define affirmative action as "any measure, beyond simple termination of a discriminatory practice, adopted to correct or compensate for past or present discrimination or to prevent discrimination from recurring in the future." Affirmative action was established in 1965 in President Johnson’s Executive Order 11246. This order set forth guidelines requiring federal contractors to ensure fair hiring of minorities in the workplace, essentially giving birth to affirmative action. President Johnson was a big supporter of equal opportunity for minorities and exclaimed the…

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