Argumentative Essay - Affirmative Action

1154 Words Nov 14th, 2011 5 Pages
One day, there were two people who went to a company for a job interview for only one job position. The first candidate graduated from a prestigious and highly academic university, had years of work experience in the field, and in the mind of the employer, had the potential to make a positive impact on the company's performance. The second candidate does not have a college degree and is just starting out in the field and seemed to lack the ambition that was visible in his opponent. Who do you think was hired for the position? If this story took place before 1964, the answer would be obvious. However, with the adoption of the social policy known as affirmative action, the answer becomes unclear. Affirmative action is a product of the civil …show more content…
In 1965, the U.S. government believed that these employers were discriminating against minorities and believed that there was no better time than the present to bring about change. That was then, this is now. Today, everyone gets an opportunity to go to college, get training, and reach the sky if they want. So, if everyone has a fair chance to get the education and training they want, why do we have this “rule” setup to ensure a certain amount of “equality” in the work force and in the schools? How does hurting another group help another? Equality in racial terms requires that people treat each other the same without regards to their race or ethnic background. By using affirmative action as the reason for appointing positions, contradicts the idea of being racially equal. Racial harmony cannot be achieved if we continue to uphold the idea of racial discrimination.
The impact of racism began early (Tatum, Beverly, 1999). Many of us grew up in neighborhoods where we had limited access to interact with people different from our own families (Tatum, Beverly, 1999). Things are somewhat different now. With the economy rapidly changing, Blacks have had a hard time and many White people have had hard times as well. And today, many Minorities are as well off as most white people today. When the Civil Rights Law passed, minorities, especially African-Americans, believed that they should receive retribution for the years of

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