Fallacy Of Meritocracy

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The fallacy of meritocracy holds no true weight when considering years of gatekeeping, social inequalities and discriminatory practices perpetrated against poor young African Americans. There can never be a colorblind society if biased SAT’s, affirmative action and multicultural competency programs fail to be effective on university campuses across the nation. The notion of diversity is only an idea in theory, never to be fully instituted or absorbed into the social fabric of American culture. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson and Harry S. Truman were all aware of this dilemma.
The origins of affirmative action stems from sociopolitical disputes and institutional reforms in the U.S. during the 1940s, 1950s and1960s (Sugrue, 1998). Affirmative
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In 1947, the Commission realized the importance of limiting “gatekeeping “by arguing against it and stressing the value of making college more affordable and accessible to students with low incomes; thus, increasing the potential talent pool of leaders for the future. Held in abeyance, the report floated around, acknowledge by leading intellectuals, but never destined to take full flight off the ground. Yet its influence on sociopolitical policies has a strong impact on higher education today.
Post-WW II America had been damaged by enormous racial inequality. The majority of American production jobs remained exclusively white, especially in careers dealing with skilled labor, sales, manufacturing and general office support (Sugrue, 1998). The unemployment rate among African Americans was practically double in comparison to European Americans in the 1950s, as countless young African Americans remained trapped by increasing unemployment
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President Lyndon Johnson tried to take over what Kennedy had started in trying to reduce racial inequalities in the U.S. by signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.This landmark legislation along with the Voting Rights Act (1965) and the Open Housing Act (1968) was supposed to help undo centuries of racial oppression. However, even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act landmark legislation, the president recognized that long lasting equality was still necessary (Katznelson,

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