Limitations Of Affirmative Action

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Register to read the introduction… Contractors must take specific measures to ensure equality in hiring and must document these efforts. On Oct. 13, 1967, the order was amended to cover discrimination on the basis of gender (Brunner “Timeline” para. …show more content…
The advocates of this stance also claim that the only way to redress the wrongs that have been committed against these groups is to give preferential treatment to the groups that have faced discrimination (Fish para.1). Critics of this stance argue that this is actually reverse racism, and promotes inequality between the races, which is unfair. But proponents of affirmative action argue that in order for the practice of giving preferential treatment to those discriminated against to be unfair, the two groups have to be equal in the first place (Fish para. 2). In addition, because there is not widespread equality, affirmative action is a good way to help redress some of the grievances that have been done to these minority groups (Fish para. …show more content…
Different groups of people will have vastly different opinions on whether or not affirmative action programs should be enacted. According to a Gallup Poll, 44% of Non-Hispanic Whites were in favor of affirmative action programs for racial minorities, while 49% opposed and 70% of blacks were in favor and 21% opposed (Gallup Poll). When Hispanics were asked this question, 63% were in favor while 28% opposed (Gallup Poll). This shows that for some reason, both blacks and Hispanics are more in favor of affirmative action than Non-Hispanic Whites, who seem to be evenly split. This could be due to the fact that Non-Hispanic Whites have no benefit in these affirmative action programs; they would obviously be benefiting to racial

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